The LafargeHolcim Foundation is delighted to be associated with the 15th International Architecture Exhibition including the “Droneport” project at the Norman Foster Foundation Pavilion. Under the theme of “Reporting from the Front”, the exhibition shares the work from architects tackling issues relating to segregation, inequality, suburbia, sanitation, natural disasters, the housing shortage, migration, crime, traffic, waste, pollution, and community participation.
Chicoco Radio is a floating media platform that will be built with and for the residents of the waterfront slum communities of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The structure is conceived as a linear public space connecting land and water. The design is part of the “African Water Cities” project, which investigates the challenges and opportunities at the intersection of rapid urbanization and climate change in African coastal cities. A participatory venture using locally produced materials, Chicoco Radio will be the community’s voice and will include recording studios, a computer center, meeting rooms, cinema, and an amphitheater.
Following over 25 years of civil war, the reintegration of young soldiers is one of the great challenges Sri Lanka faces. This Community Library provided young men from underprivileged backgrounds with construction training during the implementation of the building. The slender building with a footprint of 1,400 sq m sits lightly in the landscape and wraps around an inner courtyard, taking full advantage of cross ventilation and daylighting. Rammed-earth walls and recycled materials reduce costs and the ecological footprint.
This project to build a 15,000 square meter competence center features perfectly circular atria cut through ceilings and floors crisscross the building, creating opportunities for employees and visitors to meet one another while also providing a sense of the building’s size from within. Inner and outer loadbearing structures of the building are mutually-dependent, voids and passive solar heating allow a climate concept with a minimal technical installation with almost no core.
The Droneport supports cargo drone routes capable of delivering urgent and precious supplies to remote areas on a massive scale. Cargo drone routes have utility wherever there is a lack of roads, and transcend geographical barriers such as mountains, lakes, and unnavigable rivers without the need for large-scale physical infrastructure. The project offers an “infrastructural leap” using drone technology and clean energy systems to surmount the challenges of the future.
The Dryline (BIG U) addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding with a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan. The 12 km-long infrastructural barrier incorporates public space with the high-water barrier doubling as parks, seating, bicycle shelters or skateboard ramps. Embankments add green areas and spaces beneath elevated roadways are built out with pavilions for public use. In an emergency, the shutters close forming a floodwater barrier.
The Kokokali (Children’s House) is founded on an alternative educational model for a rural community. The curriculum includes instruction in agriculture, farming and building construction, as well as the standard syllabus. The school is financed by Fundación la Concepción established by a Mexican real estate entrepreneur, and will be self-built by the community. Construction of the 3,260 sq m school is planned over five phases, concluding in 2019.
The renovation and extension project currently under construction provides a new home for the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design on the site of a culturally significant nineteenth century structure. The project rehabilitates existing urban, landscape, and architectural elements – and demonstrates the University of Toronto’s aim to foreground sustainability as part of its pedagogic program.
The design offers a viable solution to the “housing question” – promoting an affordable model for residential development in a dense urban neighborhood. The structure, a wooden construction with a layered metal screen, takes its identity from its immediate surroundings through set-back terraces, the transformation of wrought iron fire escapes into digitally fabricated shading elements, and a commercial space at street level.
This project proposes a form of “social economy” with implications for inhabitants and their physical environment. Despite contemporary global urbanization and its attendant economy, there are still rural areas today where barter is the main mode of exchange. The project draws on this tradition and proposes bartering as a practice in an urban context for the refurbishment of the historical center of the city carried out by people without sufficient monetary means.
Foundations 19, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, is dedicated to the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum, which took place in…
Attending the LafargeHolcim Awards launch (l-r): Bertrand Collomb, Grégoire Arthuis, Chamss Doha Oulkadi, Ludovic …
300 experts from 40 countries gathered in Detroit for the 5th international LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction …