Innovation plays an important role as the challenges of the built environment grow daily. But the industry cannot blaze a trail towards better solutions on its own. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction provides many platforms of exchange for engineers, architects, and related professions to exchange new ideas including its forums, publications and Awards competition. Building bridges between all stakeholder groups along the value chain helps to develop, multiply, and implement new ideas.Read more »
The LafargeHolcim Foundation invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion featuring Alejandro Aravena, Jonathan Ledgard, Milinda Pathiraja, and Robert Mardini at the 15th International Architecture Biennale on Friday, November 25 at 17:00. As a concluding feature of the Biennale, the panel will discuss how growing security concerns will add complexity to the challenges to which architecture must respond.Read more »
In its efforts to encourage inventive new solutions, the LafargeHolcim Foundation places special focus on the next generation. Students from leading technical universities are part of the LafargeHolcim Forum, an international symposium that advances concepts of sustainable construction. In addition, the LafargeHolcim Awards place a special focus on 18-30 year old students and young professionals – because fresh ideas will shape tomorrow’s world.
Curator of the 15th International Architecture Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, supports using “a mix of high-tech innovation and low-tech local materials” to reduce carbon emissions related to construction. In a video released by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Aravena points to the Droneport shell prototype at the Venice exhibition as an outstanding example of the pivotal change needed from architecture and industry. The project combines state-of-the art technology and traditional materials to create a self-supporting structure using compressed-earth bricks.
A series of pallets containing tiles, crushed rubble and rammed earth show the handmade materials used in their restoration project of the village of Wencun.