LafargeHolcim Foundation at Biennale Architettura 2016

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    Board of the Foundation meets at the Venice Biennale

    Alejandro Aravena guided his fellow Board members through "his" Biennale in Venice and explained how he approached the topic of "Reporting from the Front".

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    Board of the Foundation meets at the Venice Biennale

    Alejandro Aravena guided his fellow Board members through "his" Biennale in Venice and explained how he approached the topic of "Reporting from the Front".

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    Celebrating the completed "Droneport" prototype - a result of teamwork across disciplines and continents (from left): Matthew DeJong, ODB Structural Engineering, UK; John Ochsendorf, ODB, USA; Lord Norman Foster, UK; ​Peter Rich, South Africa; Philippe Block, ODB/Block Research Group, Switzerland.

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    Prototype Droneport Shell – 15th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

    The construction of the prototype Droneport shell has been made possible by The Norman Foster Foundation together with engineering skills from ETH Zurich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University; contributions by students from Madrid, ETH Zurich and MIT; and the support of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and the LafargeHolcim Research Center in Lyon. They have produced a high strength, earth-based Durabric product specifically for the project.

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    Prototype Droneport Shell – 15th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy

    “The Droneport project is about doing more with less, capitalising on the recent advancements in drone technology – something that is usually associated with war and hostilities – to make an immediate life-saving impact in Africa.” – Norman Foster.

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    The LafargeHolcim Research Center in Lyon delivered 18,000 customized “Durabric” compressed earth tiles to construct the “Droneport” prototype vault at the Norman Foster Foundation Pavilion as contribution to the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

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    “Celebrating our Human Footprint” at 15th International Architecture Exhibition

    Michael Braungart (right) discusses his concepts of rematerializing construction with Edward Schwarz, General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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    Exhibition Opening: “Incidental Space” – Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

    “Incidental Space”, a project by Christian Kerez at the Swiss Pavilion will run until November 27, 2016 and is curated by art historian Sandra Oehy.

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    Exhibition Opening: “Incidental Space” – Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

    The project sounds out the borders of what is presently architecturally possible: how can one use the medium of architecture to think about an abstract and simultaneously complex architectonic space? How can one illustrate and produce such a space?

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    Exhibition Opening: “Incidental Space” – Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

    Christian Kerez (with microphone) at the official opening of “Incidental Space” with Kaspar Wenger (2nd from left), Chairman of Holcim Switzerland.

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    Exhibition Opening: “Incidental Space” – Swiss Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia

    Architect Christian Kerez discusses “Incidental Space” with Wang Shu, Dean of Architecture at the China Academy of Art, 2012 Pritzker Prize laureate, and winner of an Acknowledgement prize for “Five Scattered Houses” in 2005.

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    Makoko Floating School at 15th International Architecture Exhibition

    Kunlé Adeyemi was presented with the Silver Lion for his Makoko Floating School, which sets out to solve the issues of flooding and overcrowding in Nigeria’s waterside slums.

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    Makoko Floating School at 15th International Architecture Exhibition

    Kunlé Adeyemi and team celebrate winning the Silver Lion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, presented in Venice. The Makoko Floating School has taken an innovative approach to address the community’s social and physical needs in view of the impact of climate change and a rapidly urbanizing African context.

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    Post-War Collective at 15th International Architecture Exhibition

    Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation redeployed the skills and discipline of former troops in Sri Lanka into the building industry.

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    Post-War Collective at 15th International Architecture Exhibition

    The approach focuses as much on the building process as on the building as physical artefact, to celebrate a specific understanding of sustainable architecture derived from the very structure of its making.

The LafargeHolcim Foundation is delighted to be associated with the 15th International Architecture Exhibition including the “Droneport” project at the Norman Foster Foundation Pavilion. Under the theme of “Reporting from the Front”, the exhibition shares the work from architects tackling issues relating to segregation, inequality, suburbia, sanitation, natural disasters, the housing shortage, migration, crime, traffic, waste, pollution, and community participation.

By Alejandro Aravena , - Elemental, Santiago, Providencia, Chile Milinda Pathiraja , - Robust Architecture Workshop, Colombo, Sri Lanka Michael Braungart , - Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, Netherlands Norman Foster , - Foster + Partners, London, United KingdomChristian Kerez, - Christian Kerez, Zurich, Switzerland Werner Sobek , - Werner Sobek Group, Stuttgart, Germany Anna Heringer , - Studio Anna Heringer, Laufen, Germany Kunlé Adeyemi , - NLÉ, Lagos, Nigeria Philippe Block - Holcim

The LafargeHolcim Foundation is delighted to be associated with the 15th International Architecture Exhibition including the “Droneport” project at the Norman Foster Foundation Pavilion.

Under the theme of “Reporting from the Front”, the exhibition shares the work from architects tackling issues relating to segregation, inequality, suburbia, sanitation, natural disasters, the housing shortage, migration, crime, traffic, waste, pollution, and community participation.

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