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This section of the website reports on the progress of sustainable construction projects associated with the Holcim Awards competition. The updates explain how the winning projects have evolved from inspired ideas into tangible flagships of sustainable construction. The project updates also report on actual performance in comparison to that which was projected, and the extent to which further innovation or adaptation has taken place.

September 14, 2016 | Post-War Collective | Venice, Italy

Doing good by making a good building
Post-War Collective

The LafargeHolcim Awards Global Silver winner of 2015 focuses as much on the process of building as on the building as a physical artefact. The project exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia shows how architect Milinda Pathiraja of Robust Architecture Workshop (RAW) is contributing to the reconstruction of post-civil war Sri Lanka on the level of invigorating both the social and building fabric.

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September 08, 2016 | Five Scattered Houses | Venice, Italy

Using professional standing to change the status quo
Five Scattered Houses

The work of Amateur Architecture Studio with its focus on reconnecting to ancient techniques that are environmentally, socially, and culturally sustainable is featured at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. The internationally acclaimed architects Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu are leveraging their standing within architecture to influence political decisions that have seen the traditional villages of China almost fully dismantled and replaced by mediocre replicas over the past twenty years.

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September 06, 2016 | Prototype Droneport Shell | Venice, Italy

“Learning in architecture comes very much from examples”
Prototype Droneport Shell

The LafargeHolcim Foundation is forging partnerships that promote sustainable construction and life cycle thinking along the value chain from design through to implementation. The Foundation’s approach of learning from outstanding examples is aligned with the International Architecture Biennale – the most important exhibition of its kind, which attracts thousands of the world’s most influential architects, designers, urban planners, developers and critics.

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August 30, 2016 | LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia | Venice, Italy

Building more with less
LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia

Three Ambassadors of the LafargeHolcim Awards brought their projects to life at “Structures and Materials” in the series “Meetings on Architecture” at the Venice Biennale. Led by Curator and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Alejandro Aravena, the expert panellists presented a series of case studies from an “insider’s perspective”. Both the presentations and the Q&A session that followed emphasized the complexity of what it takes to get things built, and the importance of focussing on materials to create sustainable design solutions.

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August 12, 2016 | Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan | Constitución, Chile

Unique collaboration and creative reconstruction is driving the city’s recovery
Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan

Instead of implementing a construction ban or massive barrier along the risk zones, this project in Chile developed creative ways to improve resilience in the city of Constitución, using a process of extensive community participation. Construction of 484 dwellings in Villa Verde, the Cultural Center, and coastal cycle path has been completed, with additional reconstruction works and riverside forest/park zones underway.

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August 10, 2016 | Breathing Envelope | Bogotá, Colombia

Just one more floor to go
Breathing Envelope

After more than 2 years of construction, the Ágora Bogotá is advancing well with only the top floor missing. The project is foreseen to be finalized in May 2017. 

The Ágora Bogotá is part of the major urban regeneration strategy of Corferias, the fair and exhibition complex of Bogotá. The initiative aims to develop the fairground towards the grand avenues close by, transforming an old industrial quarter into a new urban center in the heart of the city. In order to liberate public space in the dense surroundings, the complex is stacked vertically in five levels of exhibition halls, meeting rooms, lobbies, terraces, a large ballroom and service areas.

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July 12, 2016 | LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia | Venice, Italy

Throwing mud at conventional building
LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia

“3 billion people on this planet live in buildings made of mud, and with good reason!” says Anna Heringer, a proponent of building with mud. The former Awards Bronze winner strongly advocates the use of mud as a building material and stresses that building with mud is highly sustainable: mud requires no baking or firing, is readily available near construction sites, is a low cost material, and has an extremely low carbon footprint.

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June 15, 2016 | LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia | Venice, Italy

Celebrating our human footprint
LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia

Acclaimed environmental researcher Michael Braungart wants to shake-up the way structures are designed, and is inspiring architects, planners, building contractors, district developers and investors with his contribution to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. “Sustainable construction shouldn’t be about less harmful structures – but creating buildings and infrastructure that generate the most beneficial to the environment”, he says.

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May 28, 2016 | Prototype Droneport Shell | Venice, Italy

LafargeHolcim at the Norman Foster Foundation Pavilion in Venice
Prototype Droneport Shell

The creation of a pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice based on a typical bay of the “Droneport” was made possible by The Norman Foster Foundation. The project brought together professors and students from five universities across Europe, the UK and America along with the Swiss LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and its related Research Center in Lyon.

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May 28, 2016 | LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia | Venice, Italy

LafargeHolcim at the Norman Foster Foundation Pavilion in Venice
LafargeHolcim Foundation at La Biennale di Venezia

The creation of a pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice based on a typical bay of the “Droneport” was made possible by The Norman Foster Foundation. The project brought together professors and students from five universities across Europe, the UK and America along with the Swiss LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and its related Research Center in Lyon.

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