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May 05, 2017 | Statement of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation | Zurich, Switzerland

Statement of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation on Infrastructure, “The Wall” and Sustainability
Statement of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation on Infrastructure, “The Wall” and …

Considering current debates on the possible erection of a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico, the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction would like to draw attention to an essay by urban geographer Michael Dear on the historical development of the borderland between the two countries – also against the backdrop that members of the Board of the Foundation consider the project to be profoundly unsustainable.

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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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July 22, 2016 | Publication Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Report on LafargeHolcim Forum on “Infrastructure Space”
Report on LafargeHolcim Forum on “Infrastructure Space”

Foundations 19, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, is dedicated to the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum, which took place in Detroit, USA, and focused on the importance of sustainable construction in creating adaptable infrastructure for society. The symposium brought together some 300 leading things from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, social science, business, and industry from 40 countries. They spent three days examining questions related to infrastructure on architectural, metropolitan, territorial, and planetary scale – today and for the long term.

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April 15, 2016 | 5th LafargeHolcim Forum | Detroit, MI, USA

5th International LafargeHolcim Forum to focus on “Infrastructure Space”
5th International LafargeHolcim Forum to focus on “Infrastructure Space”

Leading thinkers from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, social science, business, and industry from 40 countries met in Detroit at the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum on April 7-9, 2016. “Infrastructure Space” was the topic of the three-day symposium and examined how to deliver long-term infrastructure that is aligned with sustaining human habitat. The LafargeHolcim Foundation website now features video/audio recordings of all keynote addresses in addition to a rich gallery of images from the Forum.

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October 30, 2015 | 1st Next Generation Awards Lab | New York, NY, USA

First Awards Lab targets ethical standards and social inclusion
First Awards Lab targets ethical standards and social inclusion

More than 50 Next Generation prize-winners from the 4th Awards competition met in New York to exchange ideas about the future of sustainable construction. Projects and teams represented Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

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July 01, 2015 | 2nd Roundtable | Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Designing purposeful shifts in the material culture of production and use
Designing purposeful shifts in the material culture of production and use

The second Roundtable for Sustainable Construction dedicated to “Re-materializing Construction” aimed to develop strategies at two scales: material use in individual buildings and the logistical chains distributing these materials across regions.

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March 11, 2014 | Yellow Workshop Report – Foundations 15 | Mumbai, India

Identity can be understood only on site
Identity can be understood only on site

Local resources – Leveraging regional skills and metabolism

How is sustainability regionally characterized? With which local strategies can barriers to sustainable designs and construction be overcome? A working group at the 4th International Holcim Forum in Mumbai concluded that the “Triple Zero Manifesto” (asserting that the construction of buildings should consume no fossil fuels, produce no emissions, and leave behind no waste) does not go far enough – because it does not cover the behavior of people, which still remains completely unsustainable.

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March 04, 2014 | Blue Workshop Report – Foundations 15 | Mumbai, India

Upgrading without destroying
Upgrading without destroying

Retained diversity – Maintaining strengths while upgrading informal habitats

A working group at the 4th International Holcim Forum in Mumbai examined how the standard of living in informal settlements can be improved without destroying the strengths and identity of the community. The workshop led by Hans-Rudolf Schalcher (former Member of the Board and Head of the Academic Committee) looked at improving the standard of living for the residents while trying to preserve the valuable social structures in these communities.

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February 20, 2014 | Orange Workshop Report – Foundations 15 | Mumbai, India

Sustainable is more than just green
Sustainable is more than just green

Overall value – Harnessing all benefits from sustainable construction

Sustainable construction is still too often equated with “green building.” But this term falls short, as a workshop at the 4th International Holcim Forum in Mumbai moderated by Holger Wallbaum (former member of the Academic Committee), stated in his introductory speech. Sustainability is based not only on the pillar of ecology but also on economic and social pillars. Thus genuine sustainability requires additional work, additional expense, and additional costs.

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January 09, 2014 | Green Workshop Report – Foundations 15 | Mumbai, India

Dense is not the same as compact
Dense is not the same as compact

Compact city – Sustainable or just sustaining economic law?

The compact city is the only sustainable form of human settlement. This is a popular dogma. In terms of economic growth it is indeed indisputable that density represents a good solution – but does the dogma hold regarding social and environmental aspects too? A workshop at the 4th International Holcim Forum in Mumbai was dedicated to search for answers to this complex question.

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January 06, 2014 | Keynote Speech | Mumbai, India

“We as architects just have to become catalysts in the development process.” – Brinda Somaya
“We as architects just have to become catalysts in the development process.” – Brinda Somaya

The sustainable construction projects of Indian architect Brinda Somaya cover an enormous spectrum and were featured in her keynote address at the 4th International Holcim Forum on “Economy of Sustainable Construction” held in Mumbai in 2013. Certain common elements characterize all of her work: Her projects relate directly to their context, use traditional construction materials and methods – and are based on local needs and possibilities.

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December 11, 2013 | Book announcement & launch | Zurich, Switzerland

The economic performance of sustainable construction
The economic performance of sustainable construction

30 specialists from around the world challenge the question of (higher) costs related to sustainability of the built environment. The Economy of Sustainable Construction is a publication inspired by the 4th International Holcim Forum and examines how sustainability can deliver a robust response to fiscal challenges. 

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October 01, 2013 | Keynote Speech | Mumbai, India

“Yes, we should care about this” – Lucas Bretschger
“Yes, we should care about this” – Lucas Bretschger

Those who build sustainably must often dig deeper into their pockets. Swiss economics professor Lucas Bretschger is convinced that these investments pay off in the long run – and that sustainability in no way chokes economic development.

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September 16, 2013 | Keynote Speech | Mumbai, India

“As architects we have to work even harder to use buildings to create a setting” – David Chipperfield
“As architects we have to work even harder to use buildings to create a setting” – David …

Sustainable construction? For the award-winning British architect Sir David Chipperfield this has much to do with permanence – but not necessarily of that of material and mass.

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August 05, 2013 | Publication announcement | Mumbai, India

Sustainability pays off: report on Holcim Forum on “Economy of Sustainable Construction”
Sustainability pays off: report on Holcim Forum on “Economy of Sustainable Construction”

Foundations 15, the magazine of the Holcim Foundation, is dedicated to the 4th International Holcim Forum which took place in Mumbai, India, and focused on the importance of sustainable construction in driving economic development.

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June 03, 2013 | 4th Holcim Forum - International Symposium | Mumbai, India

“Economy of sustainable construction” investigated
“Economy of sustainable construction” investigated

The focus of the 4th International Holcim Forum was the economy of sustainable construction. The event, held by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in Mumbai, India, was attended by about 400 representatives of various industries and disciplines from around 40 countries.

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January 14, 2013 | Three-day symposium at IIT Bombay | Mumbai, India

4th International Holcim Forum to examine the “Economy of Sustainable Construction”
4th International Holcim Forum to examine the “Economy of Sustainable Construction”

Experts from all continents will meet in Mumbai at the 4th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in April 2013. The conference for academics and professionals from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, natural and social sciences will examine the paradigm shift associated with growing awareness of the considerable economic potential of sustainable development. Limited places are available – registration is possible until the end of January 2013.

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May 19, 2012 | Research paper published | Zurich, Switzerland

Reduce CO2 from buildings with technology to zero emissions
Reduce CO2 from buildings with technology to zero emissions

A research paper that extends the discussion of the workshop “Reduce CO2 from buildings with technology to zero emissions” from the 3rd International Holcim Forum has been published. The three-day conference was conducted at the Universidad Iberoamericana in April 2010 in Mexico City, where some 270 participants from 39 countries examined new approaches to “Re-inventing Construction”.

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December 16, 2010 | Book announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

“Re-inventing Construction”: new publication inspired by the 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010
“Re-inventing Construction”: new publication inspired by the 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010

Re-inventing Construction is a 440-page book featuring articles and case studies by 38 internationally renowned architects, engineers and scholars including Keller Easterling, Bjarke Ingels, Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, Amory Lovins, Elinor Ostrom, Jeremy Rifkin, Michel Rojkind, Werner Sobek, Michael Sorkin, and many others. The book was launched at three events hosted in sequence by the Swiss Federal University of Technology (ETH Zurich), the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, and Architecture Forum Aedes in Berlin. 

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