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Horia Adrian is President and CEO of Holcim Philippines and was a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for region Europe in 2014.
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“Sound Wall” made of 3-D-printed rubber by Rael-San Fratello Architects.
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Wood structure and straw insulation: Even though we’ve been building with trees and plants for 10,000 years, we’ve only just begun to explore the possibilities of plant-based architecture.
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Straw “Stramit” panels.
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Unsegregated C&D waste in India.
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Brick production technologies are followed across Africa.
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Building entirely made out of LC3 in India.
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High-quality building material produced from processed C&D waste.
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China clay waste is used as a raw material in LC3.
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The EcoKiln technology has been adopted in Malawi, Africa.
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The urban development carbon challenge.
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Participating in the “New Venacular” mobile workshop at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2019 on “Re-materializing Construction” in Cairo, Egypt (l-r): Alexander Wolhoff, Rendezvous Horizon & Maria Atkinson AM, Member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.
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“How can we move fast enough, and at a scale the planet needs to see?” – Lord Norman Foster (right) responds to questions from Maria Atkinson AM following his keynote address at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2019 on “Re-materializing Construction”.
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Presentation of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 Gold for Asia Pacific (l-r): Ajay Kapur & Neeraj Akhoury, Ambuja Cement India; winners Avneesh Tiwari & Neha Rane, atArchitecture; and Maria Atkinson AM.
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“Sustainable construction is evolving! There’s a strong push to move beyond shining beacons of sustainability to see quantitative change at scale.” – Maria Atkinson AM, Chairperson of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.
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Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury (top row, l-r): Marilyne Andersen, Angelo Bucci, Meisa Batayneh Maani, Bruce Gibbons and Maria Atkinson AM (bottom row, l-r): Anne Lacaton, Hashim Sarkis, Brinda Somaya and Mun Summ Wong.
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Global Jury Doorpage
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Mine the city
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Transform buildings
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The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has produced six short videos that each focus on an important aspect of circular materials flows.
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Think local
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Re-configure parts
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Measure performance
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#HappyNewYear #2021
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Comparing rates of materials circularity in the relatively affluent Zamalek district (left) where material consumption attracts informal waste collection. In the district of Imbaba (right), representative of the majority of Cairo’s informal districts there is a low rate of per capita waste but massive total waste volumes due to the enormous population size.
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Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE & Associate Professor of Practice, New York University (NYU), USA. (Photo: Terreform ONE).
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Philipp Leutiger, Chief Digital Officer of LafargeHolcim and leads LH MAQER global innovation platform.
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Roundtable participants (by row from top, l-r): Edelio Bermejo, (LafargeHolcim Innovation Center – LHIC), Luisa Pastore, (LafargeHolcim Foundation), Marilyne Andersen (EPFL Lausanne), Francis Steiner, (LafargeHolcim), Magali Anderson (LafargeHolcim), Christophe Levy, (LHIC), Mohsen Ech, (LHIC), Philippe Block, (ETH Zurich), Guillaume Habert, (ETH Zurich), Priyanka Pande, (ACC Limited), Sandra Boivin, (LHIC), Dirk Hebel, (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie), Philipp Leutiger, (LafargeHolcim), Michael Scharpf, (LafargeHolcim), Simon Wiedemann, (LafargeHolcim), Mouloud Behloul (Lafarge France), and Hélène Lombois (LHIC).
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The team of the LafargeHolcim Foundation office (l-r): Mona Delluc, Kevin Jones, Vania Burri, Sibylle Bielefeldt, Kathrin Haake and Edward Schwarz.
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The Global Flora project is a singular synergistic ecology where architecture and nature work together through strategies of carbon reduction, the use of renewable resources, and an interactive climate management system. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The light, low carbon footprint of the greenhouse offers a transferable new model for contemporary sustainable construction. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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One species in particular, the iconic Durant Camellia tree, over 140 years old, continues to occupy a central location in the facility, housed in a seasonal pavilion designed specifically for it that is connected with the new facility. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Global Flora reimagines the “stand alone” conservatory as an integrated set of wet and dry biomes that are heated and cooled using only renewable resources. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The site’s steep slope allows the building to engage with the topography resulting in a greenhouse that varies in height based on its position on site. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The Global Flora’s siting on Science Hill provides an opportunity to maximize its south-facing roof and thus the sun’s exposure and required UV spectrum for optimal plant growth. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Use of local wood from campus trees and regional rock forms used in the interior landscape minimize embodied energy in construction and reduces carbon emissions. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The curved form of Global Flora follows the east-west arc of the sun to maximize passive heat gain for the plants and demonstrates how design aesthetics integrated with net-zero building performance can improve the overall sustainability of a building’s larger context. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Global Flora exceeds the net-zero water requirements of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) and is engineered for net-zero energy when Wellesley converts to campus solar and geothermal systems. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Within wet and dry biomes, Global Flora is 100% passively cooled through natural ventilation and fans and passively heated by thermal energy from the sun and geothermal-ready radiant heating elements. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The latest meeting of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation – a virtual first – explored further ideas to accelerate the role of the Foundation in creating a more sustainable built environment (l-r): Roland Köhler (former Chairperson), Marilyne Andersen, Magali Anderson, Alejandro Aravena, Kate Ascher, Maria Atkinson (Chairperson), Meisa Batayneh Maani, Harry Gugger, Jan Jenisch, Stuart Smith, and Brinda Somaya.
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The project opened in 2015 and foregrounds the value of water as an important resource of urban life.
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Opening out to public spaces, a museum and library will eventually frame the park, elevating its presence in the community with fittingly democratic institutions.
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The zabbaleen collect and sort the refuse and then process the materials with machines purchased with a loan from Oxfam. Here, plastic waste gets crushed into pellets that are later sold to manufacturers.
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The zabbaleen recycle 80 percent of the collected refuse.
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Here, plastic waste is sorted by color and then washed before being further processed.
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La Punt-Chamues-ch, a rural community in the Swiss Alps, wants to attract young people from the tech industry. Photo: Rolf Canal.
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A multifunctional ceiling made from two and a half million petals. One in five has an LED light source and each works acoustically. It also heats or cools the building according to the weather conditions. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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