LafargeHolcim Foundation International Examples of Sustainable Construction

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Latest progress reports

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.

October 21, 2016 | Efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements | Zurich, Switzerland

Casting an eye on precast design
Efficient fabrication system for geometrically complex building elements

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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October 21, 2016 | Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan | Constitución, Chile

Community consultation enables an integrated solution
Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan

Alejandro Aravena, Partner Architect at Elemental, provides an overview on the firm’s sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan for the city of Constitución, Chile. Now five years after implementation began, most elements of the project have been implemented to improve the quality of the city. The approach was able to negotiate private benefit with common good.

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October 14, 2016 | LafargeHolcim Foundation at Biennale Architettura 2016 | Venice, Italy

Elegance of containment and an economy of means
LafargeHolcim Foundation at Biennale Architettura 2016

The project by David Chipperfield Architects for the visitor center of the archaeological site of Naqa (or Naga'a), Sudan aims to demonstrate that a simple design can produce “classic” architecture, even where there is a scarcity of economic and technological resources. The project commenced in 2008 with the Naqa Site Museum designed to protect excavated objects from the tough conditions caused by sun, sandstorms, rain and looters.

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October 10, 2016 | Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct | Berlin, Germany

Swimming with the current of public opinion
Urban renewal and swimming-pool precinct

Recipients of two LafargeHolcim Awards, realities:united, are taking the Berlin Flussbad project to the next level through ongoing discussions with heritage groups and the launch of a series of demonstration projects. These lighthouse projects are not only important measures to communicate the potential impact of the Flussbad project to inspire local residents, but they simultaneously provide the design team with opportunities to verify and refine technical dimensions of the project.

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October 06, 2016 | LafargeHolcim Foundation at Biennale Architettura 2016 | Venice, Italy

Creating a lighter load
LafargeHolcim Foundation at Biennale Architettura 2016

Beyond Form, the work of Werner Sobek, is part of the 15th International Architecture Biennale. The Director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design (ILEK), at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and founder of the Werner Sobek Group has a long association with the LafargeHolcim Foundation’s initiatives to promote sustainable construction, as a member the Global Awards jury in 2012, contributor to Forums, and expert participant in the inaugural Holcim Roundtable examining “Re-Materializing Construction”.

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October 04, 2016 | Children’s Ziggurat | Venice, Italy

Reimagining the form of urban renewal
Children’s Ziggurat

Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith of MOS Architects are participating in the US Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Biennale. The LafargeHolcim Awards Silver winning architects for their locally-adapted orphanage and library in Nepal are part of The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit.

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October 03, 2016 | Resurrected Canals | Bangkok, Thailand

Going with the flow
Resurrected Canals

An urban water transport system for Bangkok by DI Designs proposes to revive the ancient canals of the city to create a modern network of waterways and supplement the existing Metropolitan Rapid Transit system. After winning a LafargeHolcim Acknowledgement prize in 2014, the project has been presented at the Thailand Urban Designer Association exhibition and DI Designs are engaged in community consultation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to ensure the waterways are part of a sustainable urban master plan for the city.

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September 28, 2016 | Air-Shade | Vienna, Austria

Dancing on air

Nikola Znaor, winner of a Next Generation prize in 2015, is the James Dyson Award 2016 winner for Austria. His project named Air-Shade is a responsive sustainable shading system powered by air that is sensitive to solar exposure with no need for any external energy source or sensors. The James Dyson Award recognizes the work of university students and recent graduates in the fields of product design, industrial design and engineering who respond to the challenge of “designing something that solves a problem”.

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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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Jan and Tim Edler, from Utopia to Reality
Jan and Tim Edler, from Utopia to Reality

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) discussed their iconic Flussbad project with Jan and Tim Edler from Berlin-based realities:united studio. The…

Access to spacious laboratory spaces and sophisticated equipment at Research & Development Center …

Access to spacious laboratory spaces and sophisticated equipment at Research & Development Center in Lyon, France.

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 …