The Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay was opened in January 2016 and formally handed over to the university on May 31, 2016. Designed by architects Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau and Thomas Wessel-Cessieux from Muoto architects, the LafargeHolcim Awards Silver winner for Europe merges economic and aesthetic considerations, and turns the limitation of low-cost construction into one of the building’s great strengths.Read more »
Research to develop the Next Generation and Innovation Award prize-winning CASTonCAST system has continued at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). Project author Lluis Enrique is completing a PhD that examines structural concerns in the fabrication system for the design of shell structures built from precast stackable components. His multidisciplinary research in the area of building technology brings together the fields of architectural geometry and manufacturing, with the aim of producing architectural freeform shapes in an economically efficient and sustainable manner.Read more »
Alejandro Aravena, Partner Architect at Elemental, provides an overview on the firm’s sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan for the city of Constitución, Chile. Now five years after implementation began, most elements of the project have been implemented to improve the quality of the city. The approach was able to negotiate private benefit with common good.
University of São Paulo PhD student Eduardo Pizarro sees the potential of small pockets within the favela of Paraisópolis to deliver much-needed infrastructure and community spaces. As winner of the LafargeHolcim Forum Student Poster Competition 2016, his project “Turning Voids into Infrastructure” lives up to the “target issues” of sustainable construction and designs micro interventions that uses the potential of these small spaces between and within buildings for the residents of São Paulo’s second-largest favela.
The small interventions adapted to local conditions include planted gardens, shading, and community spaces that allow natural ventilation, day lighting and shared urban pathways. Building façades both improve environmental quality for residents, but also stimulate urban users from the outside of the building.
The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design, and offers both students and professionals an unlimited opportunity to present their ideas and receive international recognition. The 5th LafargeHolcim Awards competition is open for submissions until March 21, 2017 at:
Completed in January 2016, the 2,000 square-meter “urban shelf” is organized using the idea of “vertical diversity”.