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April 04, 2017 | 5th LafargeHolcim Awards competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in sustainable design
Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in …

The 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction closed at the end of March 2017. From a total of 5,085 entries by authors in 121 countries, 70% are valid and will be examined by independent juries in five world regions. The winners will be announced in the fourth quarter of the year, where seven Main Awards and four Next Generation prizes carrying a purse of USD 330,000 will be presented in each region.

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March 09, 2017 | Book Launch | Jakarta, Indonesia

Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students
Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students

A free translation of “Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani has already been shared with over 300 students. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Holcim Indonesia co-sponsored the translation into Bahasa Indonesia launched in Jakarta and Bandung.

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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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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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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 …

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 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 …

“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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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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September 23, 2016 | Video – LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards – strengthening our pillar of sustainability
LafargeHolcim Awards – strengthening our pillar of sustainability

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.

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July 04, 2016 | Competition announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

5th International LafargeHolcim Awards seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment
5th International LafargeHolcim Awards seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment

The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design. It seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. Organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life. 

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July 04, 2016 | Awards competition launch | Paris, France

The world’s most significant competition for sustainable design launched in Paris
The world’s most significant competition for sustainable design launched in Paris

More than 150 experts from architecture, urban design and other built environment professionals attended the LafargeHolcim Awards competition launch in Paris. The event marked the opening of the USD 2 million competition for projects and visions on sustainable construction. The Awards identify ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life.

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April 27, 2016 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | Detroit, MI, USA

An elegant and discrete structure dedicated to children’s learning
An elegant and discrete structure dedicated to children’s learning

Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua were finalists in the Global Awards 2015 for their school design concept Kokokali. The two Mexico-based architects recently at­tended the International LafargeHolcim Forum in Detroit, where the Foundation took the opportunity to recognize their project with a Global Finalist certificate. The project was praised by the Global Awards jury for creatively re-thinking “the school” as a building type, and for reassessing buildings for education and investigating their architectural potential from an entirely new perspective.

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November 05, 2015 | Exhibition – New South | Paris, France

New South Exhibition explores the role of architecture in developing cities
New South Exhibition explores the role of architecture in developing cities

The exhibition New South at Galerie CROUX in Paris features the work of six young architects, including two Next Generation prize-winners, Meriem Chabani and Chamss Doha Oulkadi. New South explores how sustainable design addresses economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges by examining different ways of living, construction methodologies and cultural representations in developing cities of the South.

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September 24, 2015 | Community Voting | Zurich, Switzerland

Holcim Awards – Your Choice
Holcim Awards – Your Choice

The 4th International Holcim Awards – Your Choice voting competition ran from March 16 until May 19, 2015 to find the favorite “Next Generation” sustainable construction projects and received more than 120,000 votes.

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September 24, 2015 | Global Bronze Prize Ceremony | New York, NY, USA

Big U team led by BIG and One Architecture honored with Global Award for sustainable construction
Big U team led by BIG and One Architecture honored with Global Award for sustainable construction

The Dryline project addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding with a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan – and is the winner of the global Bronze prize of the LafargeHolcim Awards, the most significant international competition for sustainable design and construction. Created by a consortium led by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and One Architecture, the 13km (8mi) long infrastructural barrier incorporates public space with the high-water barrier doubling as parks, seating, bicycle shelters and skateboard ramps.

At the ceremony in New York City, Daniel Zarrilli, Director at the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, commended the project for taking and furthering an important City resiliency priority that will enable New York City to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change.

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September 24, 2015 | Video – Project Author | New York, NY, USA

Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”
Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”

The founder of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group explains how the design work of his office is driven by information. The Dryline project to implement creative urban infrastructure that protects Manhattan from floods was created from the specific knowledge of external specialists, as well as the local community. “Our role is to take these inputs and synthesis a design solution that is informed by this wealth of knowledge,” explains BIG founder Bjarke Ingels at the Global Awards Bronze 2015 prize ceremony in New York.

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

An unshakable commitment to the children of Nepal
An unshakable commitment to the children of Nepal

Hilary Sample of MOS Architects received a Global Finalist 2015 certificate for “Children’s Ziggurat”, the Lali Gurans orphanage and library in Kathmandu, Nepal. The project for a locally-adapted earthquake resistant structure addresses the needs of an under-served rural population with a facility that uses low-technology renewable energy and material resources, thus significantly reducing operating costs. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

A beautiful proposition for the global challenge of water scarcity
A beautiful proposition for the global challenge of water scarcity

Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor of Water Pore Partnership, New York was presented with a Global Finalist 2015 certificate for her “Poreform” project to create water absorptive surface and subterranean basin in Las Vegas. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

A humble brick packed with innovation and architectural potential
A humble brick packed with innovation and architectural potential

John Locke received a Global Finalist 2015 certificate on behalf of the team from The Living architecture lab for their “Hy-Fi” project that is researching zero-carbon bricks using recent advances in biotechnology combined with cutting-edge computation and engineering. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

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September 24, 2015 | Video – Community Engagement | New York, NY, USA

The Dryline – BIG’s vision for New York City
The Dryline – BIG’s vision for New York City

A short film created by project architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) gives an overview of the vision they co-developed with the people of New York City for urban flood protection infrastructure. The 4-minute film “The Dryline” captures the personal impact of Hurricane Sandy in a series of vignettes featuring residents and visitors to New York City – and their desire for a creative response to the city’s flood vulnerability. 

To visualize the extensive team work between the authorities, the big number of involved specialists and the citizens of New York, Bjarke Ingles introduced the film at the Global Bronze Awards ceremony to the audience: "The production of this film was possible through the prize money from the regional Holcim Awards for North America 2014 at which the project received the Silver prize", he explained.

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September 01, 2015 | Global Silver Prize Ceremony | Colombo, Sri Lanka

Global Holcim Awards Silver 2015 prize winner celebrated
Global Holcim Awards Silver 2015 prize winner celebrated

A construction training and community engagement project in rural Sri Lanka won the Silver prize in the most significant international competition for sustainable design and construction. Architects Milinda Pathiraja and Ganga Ratnayake from Robust Architecture Workshop in Colombo were presented with the Award on the site of the winning project in Ambepussa. At the ceremony on the military base of the Sri Lankan Army, the Colonel of the Sinha Regiment, Major General Boniface Perera, and Global Awards jury members Maria Atkinson (Australia) and Meisa Batayneh (Jordan) praised the project for building human capacity as well as a physical structure.

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September 01, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

Architecture as an instrument of “action”
Architecture as an instrument of “action”

Jariyawadee Lekawatana of Architectkidd and Singh Intrachooto of Kasetsart University, both Thailand were presented with a Global LafargeHolcim Awards Finalist 2015 certificate for Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary as part of the ceremony to hand-over the Awards Silver prize in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka.

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August 05, 2015 | Global Gold Prize Ceremony | Medellín, Colombia

Top prize of 4th International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction conferred
Top prize of 4th International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction conferred

The most significant international prize for sustainable design was presented to a team of young architects of Colectivo720 from Cali (Colombia) for an urban transformation project in Medellín. At the ceremony for the Global Holcim Award Gold 2015, Aníbal Gaviria (Mayor of Medellín), Alejandro Aravena (internationally renowned architect from Chile) and representatives of the competition sponsor LafargeHolcim, praised the winning project for its approach of turning a de-commissioned water reservoir into civic space – enhancing the quality of life of many inhabitants.

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June 29, 2015 | Book Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Showcasing a new horizon of sustainable architecture and design
Showcasing a new horizon of sustainable architecture and design

The newly-published book Fourth Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2014/2015 presents an overview of the current global status of innovative approaches that meet societal needs, promote an economy of means and address ecological footprints.

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April 20, 2015 | Media Responses | Zurich, Switzerland

Media responses to Global Holcim Awards winners 2015 announcement
Media responses to Global Holcim Awards winners 2015 announcement

This page features a summary of online articles which appeared as a response to the Global Holcim Awards winners announcement: 

The winners of the 4th Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been decided – the trophies and USD 350,000 prize money go to projects in Colombia, Sri Lanka and the USA. All three prizes recognize architectural interventions that deliver tangible benefits to local communities: Turning a decommissioned water reservoir into a park in Medellín, rebuilding social fabric through a community library in Ambepussa following Sri Lanka’s civil war, and creating public zones and flood-protection for the island of Manhattan.

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April 20, 2015 | Global Holcim Awards winners announced | Zurich, Switzerland

Sustainable design improving communities: top prizes for public space, social integration and resilient infrastructure
Sustainable design improving communities: top prizes for public space, social integration …

The winners of the 4th Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been decided – the trophies and USD 350,000 prize money go to projects in Colombia, Sri Lanka and the USA. All three prizes recognize architectural interventions that deliver tangible benefits to local communities: Turning a decommissioned water reservoir into a park in Medellín, rebuilding social fabric through a community library in Ambepussa following Sri Lanka’s civil war, and creating public zones and flood-protection for the island of Manhattan.

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March 10, 2015 | Exhibition | Zurich, Switzerland

Inspiring sustainable construction projects from around the globe exhibited in Zurich
Inspiring sustainable construction projects from around the globe exhibited in Zurich

62 projects from more than 6,000 submissions received prizes in the regional phase of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition. The project submissions showcasing the state-of-the-art in sustainable construction were displayed in a dedicated exhibition on Saturday, March 7, at the “Alte Sihlpapierfabrik” in Zurich.

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February 05, 2015 | Holcim Awards prize-winner receptions | Zurich, Switzerland

Local Holcim Awards winners honored in Zurich and Milan
Local Holcim Awards winners honored in Zurich and Milan

Two events dedicated to the Swiss and Italian winners of the regional Holcim Awards competition 2014 recently took place in Zurich and Milan. Renowned Swiss architect Christian Kerez, as well as Italian bio-urbanists Pamela Larocca of kausdesign and Lucia Pierro of AutonomeForme introduced their prize-winning projects and discussed their interpretations of sustainable construction.

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January 29, 2015 | 4th Holcim Awards Competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20

The winners of the global phase of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition will be revealed on April 20, 2015. The results will be announced via the Holcim Awards website www.holcimawards.org.

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January 21, 2015 | Project update | Berlin, Germany

Flood of support for Flussbad project
Flood of support for Flussbad project

The Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2012 winning urban redevelopment project, Flussbad Berlin, has received a total of USD 4.8 million in further funding from two sources. The National Projects of Urban Development program selected Flussbad Berlin as one of 21 outstanding projects from across Germany, and approved a grant of USD 3.2million for the project. In addition, the jury appointed by the Federal Building Ministry to select projects for funding consisted of members of the German parliament and experts from various disciplines allocated USD 1.6 million from the state of Berlin.

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December 11, 2014 | Publication Announcements | Zurich, Switzerland

Appraising and celebrating top sustainable construction projects
Appraising and celebrating top sustainable construction projects

Two publications are dedicated to shining a light on the outcome of the regional Holcim Awards 2014; each from a very different perspective: While a special issue published by renown architecture magazine ‘A’A’ L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui appraises a selection of  Holcim Awards prize-winning projects according to  the editor’s choice, the 17th issue of the Holcim Foundation’s magazine “Foundations” captures the festive mood at the five ceremonies which celebrated 62 awarded projects and their authors.

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December 03, 2014 | 4th Holcim Awards Competition | Zurich, Switzerland

From 6,000 entries to 3 winners: Global Holcim Awards 2015
From 6,000 entries to 3 winners: Global Holcim Awards 2015

15 projects out of more than 6,000 submissions in the 4th International Holcim Awards competition were acknowledged with Gold, Silver, or Bronze Awards in each of the five regions of the world. They are automatically qualified for the elite phase of the competition: the Global Holcim Awards 2015. The jury composed of renowned specialists from around the world will be headed by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University (USA).

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November 13, 2014 | Winners for Asia Pacific announced | Jakarta, Indonesia

Top sustainable construction projects focus on local context and enhancing communities
Top sustainable construction projects focus on local context and enhancing communities

The winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Asia Pacific show how building with sustainable construction in mind can enhance the region’s human, natural and economic performance. A bird sanctuary in Thailand, a locally-adapted orphanage in Nepal, and a community library in Sri Lanka received the top prizes.

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October 16, 2014 | Winners for Africa Middle East Announced | Beirut, Lebanon

Honor for environmental and community-based projects
Honor for environmental and community-based projects

The twelve winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East focus mainly on enhancing social and environmental resilience, as well as the economy of construction. The winning submissions show how multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing design and building are being developed. A green building in Turkey, an urban forest rehabilitation in Lebanon, and a low-cost housing plan in Ethiopia received the top prizes.

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October 02, 2014 | Winners for Latin America Announced | Medellín, Colombia

Focus on people and place: Top sustainable construction Awards to Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico
Focus on people and place: Top sustainable construction Awards to Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico

The 12 winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 for Latin America focus mainly on adaptability and social performance, and show how sustainable construction is developing multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing design and building. A public park above a series of reservoirs in Medellín, a low-impact timber rainforest center in Costa Rica and a pedagogically-aligned school in Mexico were awarded gold, silver and bronze.

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September 18, 2014 | Winners for North America Announced | Toronto, ON, Canada

Sustainable construction awards showcase resource efficiency and innovation
Sustainable construction awards showcase resource efficiency and innovation

The winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America are at the cutting edge of efficiency and innovation in sustainable construction. The top prize went to a water supply and flood mitigation project in Las Vegas designed by Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor. BIG’s urban flood-protection concept for lower Manhattan was conferred the silver Award, and a zero-carbon compostable structure recently on display at MoMA New York designed by David Benjamin received bronze.

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September 04, 2014 | Winners for Europe Announced | Moscow, Russia

Top sustainable construction awards for resilient and contextual projects in Austria, France and Italy
Top sustainable construction awards for resilient and contextual projects in Austria, …

The winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 for Europe illustrate how sustainable construction continues to evolve – developing more sophisticated and multi-disciplinary responses to the challenges facing the building and construction industry. An ecological reserve and remediation project in Southern Italy, a low-cost flexible university building in Paris, and a participatory urban neighborhood in Vienna won gold, silver and bronze.

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June 12, 2014 | 4th Holcim Awards Competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Members of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2015 announced
Members of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2015 announced

The 2015 Global Jury for the USD 2 million Holcim Awards competition will feature independent experts of international stature: Mohsen Mostafavi, head (USA), Marc Angélil (Switzerland), Alejandro Aravena (Chile), Maria Atkinson (Australia), Meisa Batayneh Maani (Jordan), Yolanda Kakabadse (Ecuador), Matthias Schuler (Germany), and Rolf Soiron (Switzerland). The global winners will be selected from the top prize winners in each of five regions to be announced in late 2014.

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April 11, 2014 | 4th Holcim Awards competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Over 6,000 competition entries highlight global importance of sustainable construction
Over 6,000 competition entries highlight global importance of sustainable construction

The fourth cycle of the USD 2 million International Holcim Awards competition attracted more than 6,000 projects and visions in sustainable construction from 152 countries. The diverse geographic spread of entries and growth in submissions from developing countries confirms the importance of creating a more sustainable built environment. Entries will be screened for compliance before evaluation by independent juries in five regions of the world. The results will be announced at prize-handover events in the last quarter of this year.

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