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February 18, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Berlin, Germany

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) discussed their iconic Flussbad project with Jan and Tim Edler from Berlin-based realities:united studio. The architects won two LafargeHolcim Awards (LafargeHolcim Award Gold for Europe in 2011, Global LafargeHolcim Award Bronze in 2012) for their project located in the centre of Berlin that aims to transform an unused arm of the River Spree into a natural “swimming pool”.

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February 17, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Madrid, Spain

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) talked to Hani Jaber about the impact of the Award on his work as an architect – which takes key social problems into consideration while offering appropriate design solutions to address specific issues at hand.

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February 16, 2017 | Book Launch | Jakarta, Indonesia

Free translation of “Greening Asia” offered by LafargeHolcim Foundation and Holcim Indonesia
Free translation of “Greening Asia” offered by LafargeHolcim Foundation and Holcim Indonesia

“Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani is one of the standard handbooks for building professionals, developers, operators, and academia. It aims to encourage sustainable design that addresses the diverse needs of the region and its people by reporting on over 30 recent projects throughout Asia that go “beyond green”. 

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February 16, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Zurich, Switzerland

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) asked Lluis Enrique more about his research and the impact of winning a LafargeHolcim Awards prize on his work. A research project conducted by Povilas Cepaitis, Lluis Enrique, Diego Ordoñez and Carlos Piles, a team of students from the AA School of Architecture in London received a regional and global LafargeHolcim Awards prize in 2011/12.

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February 10, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Start-Up Accelerator | Lyon, France

Supporting new solutions and rewarding innovation
Supporting new solutions and rewarding innovation

LafargeHolcim will launch a Start-Up Accelerator to offer young companies on-site accommodation and the use of the facilities at the industry's leading Research & Development Center in Lyon, France.

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January 30, 2017 | 5th LafargeHolcim Awards competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition
Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition

Entries in the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards will close on March 21, 2017. The competition seeks projects at an advanced stage of design from the fields of architecture, building and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards also feature a Next Generation category for visions and ideas of young professionals and students.

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January 21, 2017 | Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” by Ruby Press | Berlin, Germany

Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” – the book on the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum
Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” – the book on the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum

All-female line-up at The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory (ANCB) in Berlin: Introduced by Dunya Bouchi, Managing Director of ANCB, and Ilka Ruby, Partner at Ruby Press, the architects Nancy Couling, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Sarah Nichols presented case studies and discussed the role of architects in researching and designing infrastructure to mark the launch of Infrastructure Space. The 420-page book edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby contains a collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction as well as a visual atlas compiled by Something Fantastic.

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January 17, 2017 | Book Launch & Public Debate | Berlin, Germany

Book launch and public debate at AEDES Forum, Berlin on Friday, January 20, 2017
Book launch and public debate at AEDES Forum, Berlin on Friday, January 20, 2017

A collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum on “Infrastructure Space” will be launched in Berlin on Friday January 20, 2017. Infrastructure networks determine the structure of buildings, cities and metropolitan regions. Taking this critical leverage into consideration, this book calls for expanding and renegotiating the roles of infrastructure not only as a technical, but also as a political, economic, social, and even aesthetic matter of concern for all in achieving a more sustainable way of life. 

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January 11, 2017 | “Target Issues” – People | Zurich, Switzerland

How community consultation contributes to sustainability
How community consultation contributes to sustainability

Focusing on “people-centered performance” is important for increasing sustainability of the built environment. One of the five “target issues” created by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is “PEOPLE”. The “target issues” are used in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition to evaluate and compare all entries. The human factor of sustainability is supported by projects that reflect a sensitive understanding of their unique social and political contexts, and generate the potential for long-lasting positive impacts on the local community.

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January 05, 2017 | Perspectives – The Droneport Project | Madrid, Spain

“The geometry was
a challenge in itself”
“The geometry was
a challenge in itself”

The scion of a family of masons going back several generations, Carlos Martín Jiménez is an expert in the ancient technique of tile-vault construction. He talks about building the first two Droneport prototypes.

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December 19, 2016 | Perspectives – The Droneport Project | Lyon, France

We’re working on a level of technology that’s as light as possible
We’re working on a level of technology that’s as light as possible

Among the teams that developed the Droneport, LafargeHolcim was responsible for the compressed-earth Durabrics which, combined with traditional fired clay tiles, were used to build the first prototypes. Ivan Serclérat, Technical Support Manager at the LafargeHolcim Research Centre, explains the challenges they faced.

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December 09, 2016 | Sustainable Construction Briefing | Cairo, Egypt

Awards Ambassador receives recognition at briefing in Cairo
Awards Ambassador receives recognition at briefing in Cairo

“Students and young professionals around the world now have an unlimited opportunity to share their ideas and win international recognition through the LafargeHolcim Awards,” says PhD candidate and LafargeHolcim Forum 2016 student poster winner, Eduardo Pizarro. The enthusiastic Brazilian architecture student is conducting research on “Turning Voids into Infrastructure” to find ways to leverage spaces between the buildings in Paraisópolis, the second largest favela in the city where he studies at the Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (USP).

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November 26, 2016 | Expert Panel | Venice, Italy

Expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how architecture should respond to the challenges
Expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how architecture …

The excitement was palpable as guests – mainly students and young architects from all over the world – eagerly streamed into the historic Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice. With the 300-person venue filled to capacity, moderator Rolf Soiron inspired the panelists Alejandro Aravena, Jonathan Ledgard, Milinda Pathiraja and Robert Mardini to discuss practical solutions, rather than hold a strictly formal debate.

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November 26, 2016 | La Biennale di Venezia | Venice, Italy

A successful “emotional experience”
A successful “emotional experience”

The 15th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice attracted almost 260,000 visitors within six months, roughly 15 percent more than any former architecture exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Curator Alejandro Aravena stressed that he and his team had set out to create an emotional experience more than a platform to transfer knowledge. “This Biennale was all about improving the quality of life for people,” he said.

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November 26, 2016 | Expert Panel | Venice, Italy

Nachhaltigkeit und Sicherheit: Wege aus der Zwickmühle
Nachhaltigkeit und Sicherheit: Wege aus der Zwickmühle

An der Internationalen Architektur-Biennale 2016 in Venedig war LafargeHolcim vielfältig involviert. Kurz vor Ende der Werkschau veranstaltete die LafargeHolcim Foundation ein prominent besetztes Panel, um Zusammenhänge zwischen Sicherheit und nachhaltigem Bauen zu beleuchten. Das Publikumsinteresse war beeindruckend.

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November 25, 2016 | Publication Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Special edition of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to a self-supporting structure of compressed- earth tiles – the backbone of a compelling initiative
Special edition of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to a self-supporting structure of …

“This skilled geometrical vault holds the promise of a brighter future”, writes Editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Borne in the latest “hors série” publication of the bilingual magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA). It is dedicated to the Droneport project, the “successful attempt to harness the rapid improvements in technology for the benefit of the poorest”, as Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic of the Financial Times, puts it in his editorial.

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November 22, 2016 | Exhibitor Profile | Venice, Italy

Capturing new living behaviors and phenomena in the built environment
Capturing new living behaviors and phenomena in the built environment

The work of Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima at Atelier Bow-Wow has always aspired to capture contemporary behaviors in the process of formation, anticipating emerging realities in the city and then translating them into forms and programs. Momoyo Kaijima was a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury in Asia Pacific for the first time in 2011, the year after Atelier Bow-Wow had published their highly influential Behaviorology.

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November 16, 2016 | Public panel discussion | Venice, Italy

Public panel discussion to coincide with the conclusion of Biennale Architettura 2016
Public panel discussion to coincide with the conclusion of Biennale Architettura 2016

In collaboration with the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Chilean architect and curator of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2016, Alejandro Aravena, invited leading thinkers to join a debate on sustainability and security that will coincide with the final week of the Architecture Biennale. The panel discussion “Reporting From the Front: Sustainability vs. Security” will examine themes that have emerged at “Reporting From the Front”, and examine them through the perspective of “real life reports” discussed by key professionals in the forefront of architecture and sustainability.

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October 25, 2016 | Project Update | Paris, France

Vertical diversity used to interweave multiple functions
Vertical diversity used to interweave multiple functions

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.

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October 21, 2016 | Project Update | Zurich, Switzerland

Casting an eye on precast design
Casting an eye on precast design

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.

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LafargeHolcim Awards Roadshow and Greening Asia (Bahasa Indonesia) book launch events

Nirmal Kishani and Holcim Indonesia hosted two events (January 19 and 20, 2017 to promote the 5th International LafargeHolcim …