Two of the four most recent LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation prizes for Latin America were conferred to teams from the Universidad National de Córdoba (UNC). The team that won the regional Next Generation 1st prize with their “Tidal Energy Landscape” project were also recipients of an Global Ideas prize selected by the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury 2018, chaired by Alejandro Aravena (Chile).
The Global Ideas prize was handed-over to project authors Juan Cruz Serafini and Tomás Pont at an event organized by Holcim Argentina to coincide with a national trade fair in Córdoba. The third project author, Stefano Romagnoli, is studying in the USA and was represented by his parents.
The operational company of LafargeHolcim in Argentina celebrated the winning team at an event with customers, representatives of professional organizations and authorities, as well as the media. Carlos Espina, CEO of Holcim Argentina, emphasized the overall importance of sustainability in the building industry and the according commitment of LafargeHolcim on global and local levels. Mariela Marchisio, Dean of Architecture, and Alejandro Cohen, architecture professor at UNC, both expressed their pride in the international success achieved by their students.
Angelo Bucci (Brazil, pictured left), head of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Latin America in 2017 and architecture professor at the University of São Paulo and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussed the global prize-winning student project as well as the differences between building codes and regulations in Brazil, Argentina and Switzerland based on examples from his architecture practice. By invitation of Holcim Argentina, Bucci also lectured at Palermo University and at the Professional Council of Architects & Urbanism in Buenos Aires – highlighting the contribution of the LafargeHolcim Awards to promoting sustainable design and construction not only with students and young practitioners, but also along the entire value chain of the industry.
The Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation stated that “Tidal Energy Landscape”, an infrastructure project for the generation of electric power based on tidal currents in Punta Loyola in Argentina, “offers exciting and novel ideas within a proposal that is not yet fully exploited.” The project authors were rewarded with a two-year Research in Practice Grant by the LafargeHolcim Foundation to further develop their ideas while pursuing their individual professional careers.See more
Juan Cruz Serafini, Tomas Pont & Stefano Romagnoli, National University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina
Territorial Figure in Argentina: Evolutionary Process of Infrastructures in New Territories – The Patagonia Case
Exactly two years ago, we decided that our thesis project needed to address a severe electrical emergency Argentina was going through and, at the same time, to push against climate change to contribute to the health of our planet. To achieve so, we decided to make a step forward in rethinking both the discipline of landscape architecture and infrastructures in new territories, by the formulation of a methodology that would allow us to coherently intervene the landscape.
Today, we are astonished by the great success of the project due to different recognitions worldwide. Our project has not only been awarded by LafargeHolcim Awards, but also by 6 more national and international organizations. At the same time, there was an increasing interest from different institutions including the Government of Argentina, and meetings were held with the national Minister of Energy, Juan Jose Aranguren and the Undersecretary of Renewable Energy, Sebastian Kind. We are in the precise moment, in which the political and institutional scenario of Argentina allows us to, pushing forward this research to start dreaming.Global Energy Landscapes (PDF, 9.05 MB) »
For the first time, the global Awards jury selected three of the 40 Acknowledgement and Next Generation prize-winning projects from the regional phase of the competition to receive LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prizes. “We felt that they offer exciting and novel ideas, even within proposals that are not yet fully developed,” said jury head Alejandro Aravena. The prizes go ex aequo to “Refrigerating Jar” in Ghana, “Cooling Roof” in California, USA, and “Territorial Figure” in Argentina.
Global Holcim Awards Gold 2018 goes to “Hydropuncture”, a publicly accessible water retention and treatment complex in Mexico. The project team is led by design director Loreta Castro Reguera at Taller Capital, and researcher Manuel Perló Cohen from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. The infrastructure project in an underprivileged area of Mexico City intermingles flood basins and public amenities with spaces that follow the gravitational logic of flowing water. The jury stated that the sophisticated design addresses an urgent issue at a scale with real impact.
“Legacy Restored”, the Awards Silver winner, is a religious and secular complex in Niger that reinterprets traditional local construction for a new mosque and a community center. The project was designed by architects Mariam Kamara, atelier masomi, Niger; and Yasaman Esmaili, studio chahar, Iran. It creates a civic space open to all in the village of Dandaji, supporting the education of women and strengthening their presence within the community. The design strategy champions local artisanship, traditional building techniques and materials produced on site.
The community-driven neighborhood planning project “Grassroots Microgrid” wins Awards Bronze for re-imagining empty lots as collective infrastructure for energy and food production as well as for civic engagement in Detroit, USA. The large team of authors is led by Constance C. Bodurow, founding Director of studio[Ci], a transdisciplinary design collaborative in Detroit. The project enables neighborhoods to reach energy autonomy through micro-infrastructure, leverages vacancy as an asset, and creates a new economic paradigm for community renewal.
The strength of sustainable design
Jury head Alejandro Aravena commented that the global Gold and Silver winning projects act as role models: “They are masterful pieces that demonstrate what sustainable design and construction can achieve. As a community-driven initiative, the Bronze winner opens a path, innovating an approach that will need to be developed further,” said Aravena. The global Awards winning teams are diverse in every sense of the word. “Although not something considered during the evaluation process, the jury was delighted by the strong representation and success of women in the Holcim Awards,” said Aravena. Traditionally, the Awards competition enjoys a strong level of both participation and success in the competition by female professionals and students.
Aravena explained that the jury selected the water treatment project in Mexico for Gold because it builds large urban infrastructures that serve multiple purposes and become civic spaces. “Using architecture to give dignity to fragile rural communities losing population to urban migration, was a main reason for awarding Silver to the project in Niger," said Aravena. The Bronze winning project in the USA, finally, uses light and local infrastructure as a means of community building. “The context of the three global Awards winning projects is complementary, providing models for megacities, urban communities, and remote rural villages,” added Aravena: “They indicate two tendencies within the discourse on sustainability: a focus on infrastructure and new explorations of traditional ways of building.”
Prizes for exciting ideas in Argentina, Ghana and the USA
For the first time, the global Awards jury selected three of the 40 Acknowledgement and Next Generation prize-winning projects from the regional phase of the competition to receive Holcim Awards Ideas prizes. “We felt that they offer exciting and novel ideas, even within proposals that are not yet fully developed,” said jury head Alejandro Aravena. The prizes go ex aequo to “Refrigerating Jar” in Ghana, “Cooling Roof” in California, USA, and “Territorial Figure” in Argentina.
Architects Wonjoon Han and Gahee Van of VHAN together with Sookhee Yuk from Make Africa Better led a South Korean team designing shea butter storage towers in Nyingali, Ghana; they enable passive cooling that enhances the economic viability of agriculture and an aesthetic that alludes to traditional local architecture. Georgina Baronian, student at Princeton University in the USA, developed a prototype of a large-scale structure using water on the roof as a thermal insulator and solar reflector in one. The infrastructure-landscape project for the generation of electric power based on tidal currents at Punta Loyola in Argentina was developed by three students from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina: Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini, and Tomás Pont Apóstolo.
From more than 5,000 submissions down to 6 global winners
The 5th International Holcim Awards competition attracted 5,085 projects and visions to be implemented in 131 countries. 1,836 projects passed the formal and quality checks and were assessed by independent juries in five competition regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East Africa and Asia Pacific. 11 prizes carrying a total of USD 330,000 per region were handed-over to winning teams in 2017. The three main winners per region automatically qualified for the global Awards; and the 40 Acknowledgement and Next Generation prize-winners were eligible for the Awards Ideas prizes 2018. The prize pool for the global phase of the Awards totals USD 350,000. The International Holcim Awards cycle spans three years, the 6th competition will open for entries in mid-2019.
Members of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2018
Winners of the Global Holcim Awards and Ideas prizes 2018
Follow web links for project presentations by authors, and appraisal and video statements by the jury
Global Holcim Awards Gold 2018
Hydropuncture – Publicly accessible water retention and treatment complex, Mexico City, Mexico.
Project intermingling flood basins and public amenities in an underprivileged area, with spaces arranged to follow the gravitational flow of water.
By Loreta Castro Reguera, Taller Capital; and Manuel Perló Cohen, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
Global Holcim Awards Silver 2018
Legacy Restored – Religious and secular complex, Dandaji, Niger.
A re-interpretation of traditional local construction for a new mosque and community center, creating a space in the village open to all.
By Mariam Kamara, atelier masomi, Niamey, Niger; and Yasaman Esmaili, studio chahar, Tehran, Iran.
Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2018
Grassroots Microgrid – Communtiy-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA.
This neighborhood-scale project re-imagines empty lots as collective infrastructure for energy and food production as well as for civic engagement.
By Constance C. Bodurow, director and Eric Mahoney, designer, studio[Ci], Detroit, USA, and a team of further authors.
Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize 2018
Refrigerating Jar – Shea butter storage for Nyingali community, Karaga District, Ghana.
The striking towers of the storage units are designed for passive cooling and allude to traditional local architecture.
By Wonjoon Han, Gahee Van, VHAN; and Sookhee Yuk, Make Africa Better, Seoul, South Korea.
Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize 2018
Cooling Roof – Prototype for an evaporative roof for radiant cooling, Cherry Valley, CA, USA.
Research investigation on cooling large-scale structures using water on the roof as a thermal insulator and solar reflector.
By Georgina Baronian, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA.
Global Holcim Awards Ideas prize 2018
Territorial Figure – Tidal energy landscape, Punta Loyola, Argentina.
Infrastructure-landscape project for the generation of electric power based on tidal flow in the Río Gallegos estuary.
By Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini, and Tomás Pont Apóstolo, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina.
The jury applauds the authors’ vision to rethink the role of renewable energy production at the large scale. In one figure, the authors address a global challenge, merging territorial planning, landscape design, and architecture into a comprehensive system. Further development would need to take into account biodiversity and the impact of construction on the ocean biome.
In the recent LafargeHolcim Awards for Latin America, the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) continued its unrivalled success, taking out the first and third prizes in the Next Generation category of the world’s most significant competition in sustainable design. A reception to celebrate the success of UNC students was held at the Faculty of Architecture, Urban & Industrial Design (FAUD) to congratulate the students, present their concepts on sustainability, and promote sustainable construction in Argentina.
The top prize for the Next Generation category for university students and young professionals went to a concept for a Tidal Energy Landscape where Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini and Tomás Pont Apóstolo propose an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in the Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola. Third prize for a series of Public Facility Towers that deliver an array of services for low-income populations as well as to increase social interaction among citizens went to Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara and Lucía Uribe Echevarria.
Representatives of FAUD, the Association of Architects of Córdoba, and the Construction Chamber of Argentina gathered together on Friday, November 3 with the winning teams and Mariela Marchisio, Dean of Architecture, who had accompanied the teams to the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony in Costa Rica. The winning teams presented their projects after a welcome breakfast. The event was hosted by Holcim Argentina, the Country operations of competition sponsor LafargeHolcim, represented by Belén Daghero and Laura Marina Gomez.
Posters of the winning project were exhibited in the Aula Magna of the FAUD. UNC has an enviable record in the LafargeHolcim Awards: students of the UNC have won more prizes in the Next Generation category than from any other university worldwide.
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba winners of LafargeHolcim Awards prizes
LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize 2017 Latin America
Territorial Figure: Tidal energy landscape, Punta Loyola, Argentina
Infrastructure-landscape project for the generation of electric power based on tidal flow in the Río Gallegos estuary.
By Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini, and Tomás Pont Apóstolo, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 3rd prize 2017 Latin America
Service Points: Public facility towers, Córdoba, Argentina
Transferable and adaptable structures providing public amenities in underserviced and typically marginalized neighborhoods of Latin American cities.
By Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara, and Lucía Uribe Echevarria, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize 2014 Latin America
Fruit Salad: Riverside urban infrastructure redeployment, Manaus, Brazil
To alleviate problems associated with flooding, the project proposes to transfer the activities currently on the fragmented waterfront to a floating platform in the river.
By Christian Barrera, Alejandro Gerardo Alaniz, Ivan Gabriel Baez and Patricio Francisco Cuello, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 3rd prize 2014 Latin America
Den-City: Urban regeneration through densification, Córdoba, Argentina
Multipliable buildings for flexible use are proposed, including a range of provisions to reduce the environmental impact of the project.
By Lucía Zunino and Maya Karenina Wilberger, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize 2011 Latin America
Energy self-sufficient water desalination facility, Córdoba, Argentina
Project depicts a positive turnaround with the beginning of a new cycle – beginning with action, evolution and innovation, reaching for a more sustainable architecture.
By Mauro Ivan Barrio, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.
Four prizes were awarded in the increasingly popular Next Generation category for students and professionals up to 30 years. This category seeks visionary projects and bold ideas, and gives young professionals public exposure and a platform to gain recognition. For the first time in the history of the LafargeHolcim Awards, more projects were submitted in the Next Generation category than in the main category. The first and the third Next Generation prizes went to teams from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. In first place were Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini, and Tomás Pont Apóstolo, with a large-scale plan to harness tidal energy on the coast of Punta Loyola, Argentina. Their colleagues Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara, and Lucía Uribe Echevarria were awarded for their Service Point Towers, with which they plan to offer services mainly for underprivileged residents of Latin American cities. The second prize went to Boris Lefevre from France. In Cerro de Pasco in Peru, he aims to unite two incompatible functions in one building: sewage treatment and public baths. The fourth prize went to Alejandro Vargas Marulanda, Daniel Felipe Zuluaga Londoño, and Iojann Restrepo García from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, Colombia, for their design for flexible-use telecommunication towers in their city.Read more »
Addressing the potential ramifications of human-induced climate change on the natural environment, the authors propose an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola in Argentina. Impressive in its territorial and geographic dimension, the project transcends the scales normally associated with the domains of architecture. This said, the design nonetheless is treated as an architectural intervention within the landscape, carefully designed as a figure drawn on water to incorporate a range of functions for humans, while providing an environment suitable for flora and fauna – a project merging infrastructure, landscape, and architecture in a magnificent natural setting.Read more » Más información (Spanish) »
Planet – Climate change, we architects can (must) help
Today, about 97% of the energy generated is from nonrenewable sources, and although by the end of the century the population is expected to grow considerably, technological advances of recent times show a clear intention to harness world resources in a clean and efficient way. The sea represents 71% of the planet’s surface and one of the greatest potential of energy generation, despite being one of the less studied fields. This is why Global Energy Landscapes takes as a model the development of tidal energy, in one of the highest tidal range coasts in the world, Río Gallegos estuary, located in one of the greatest natural reserves, the Patagonia. The isolation of the lagoon allows eradicating any environmental impact on the coasts, marine migration and ecological system.
Place – Territory as a sustainable operative landscape
Our project proposes to understand the landscape as an operative platform of systems and networks that allow human existence, in the same way that happens with the infrastructures that give life to our cities. In the era of the megalopolis, of continuous consumption and the industrial state, infrastructures acquire a new degree of visibility and complexity; being responsible for connecting human and environmental spheres. It is through this understanding that we intend to transcend the appropriation of the current infrastructural typologies to develop a proposal that uses the LANDSCAPE AS OPERATIVE LAND. Consequently, the new water infrastructure is the result of multiple studies about natural logic of the estuary, including its natural reserves, ecology and vitality.
Progress – New research method of multiple scale projects
As architects, our strongest strategy was to introduce MINIMAL components in a TERRITORIAL scale project, forming networks in order to achieve the domestication of these new infrastructures. Based on our research, we defined a specific method to tackle projects that focuses on 21st Century issues:
1. Incorporating a multiplicity of scales.
2. Understanding natural biophysical processes.
3. Relegating the place of man in himself, and position it within the ecosystem.
4. Change the concept of occupation, by the one of symbiosis.
5. Find in nature and its components, the order of architecture.
6. Redefining standardization: the uniqueness of the infrastructure as a closed system, designed exclusively in efficiency and economy.
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