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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.

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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May 04, 2016 | The Dryline | New York, NY, USA

New York Mayor adds to Dryline with USD 170 million infrastructure funding
The Dryline

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced USD 170 million has been allocated from the 2017 city budget for the climate resiliency plan of New York City. The funding will be used for the construction of stormwater management infrastructure, complimenting the Global Awards Bronze 2015 winning project.

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March 19, 2016 | Heritage Reframed | Toronto, Canada

Beyond the frame: One Spadina begins to take shape
Heritage Reframed

Currently under construction, the extension and renovation of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at One Spadina Crescent is of deep historical significance in Toronto. The demolition of various 20th-century-vintage additions around the north courtyard of the original 1875 heritage building was completed in 2015, clearing space for new construction. Since mid-2015, excavation and shoring activities have been proceeding steadily, and reinforcing bar for the new mat footings are being placed.

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February 18, 2016 | Chrysanthemum Building | Boston, MA, USA

Chrysanthemum blooms in Boston’s historic North End
Chrysanthemum Building

The Chrysanthemum Building in Boston’s oldest residential district of North End broke ground in September 2014 and excavation was completed in December 2014. Building works using wooden framing commenced in mid-2015. The building will also use sustainable regional forest plywood for built-in storage elements and wall finishes, reducing the need for drywall.

A short drone video courtesy of architect Frano Violich illustrates progress on construction. The use of locally harvested renewable wood will sequester 32 metric tons of carbon and also minimize construction disruption. The project creates an affordable, sustainable new model for residential development in a dense urban infill site. The project includes 4 micro-units and 6 adaptable family lofts.

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February 02, 2016 | The Dryline | New York, NY, USA

Dryline secures USD 176 million in Federal funding and will start construction in 2017
The Dryline

The City of New York’s Dryline project has received USD 176 million in funding as part of the USD 1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) run by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). The funding was awarded for a 9km (5.5mi) section of the flood-protection project that will start construction in 2017. The Dryline extends from Montgomery Street at the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) project south around the Battery and extending up to include Battery Park City.

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January 13, 2016 | Under Construction | Quito, Ecuador

An unconventional dream becomes a paradigm-shifting reality
Under Construction

Construction of the Acknowledgement winning urban remediation project in the historic center of Quito is well under way and on track for completion by the end of 2016. Not only is the dream of restoring the building fast becoming reality, the approach of Al Borde Arquitectos appeared in the largest international survey of contemporary architecture in North America at the Chicago Architectural Biennial.

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December 29, 2015 | Articulated Site | Medellín, Colombia

A new icon of community empowerment in Medellín
Articulated Site

The Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold winner, UVA de la Imaginación, was officially opened on December 29, with celebrations focussed on the local community of more than 26,000 people who are set to benefit from this inspiring project. The top prize winner from the Global LafargeHolcim Awards is not only a new icon of sustainable design and urban architecture, but will also lead a process of cultural transformation for the people of Villa Hermosa-Comuna 8 and Boston and Los Angeles-Comuna 10.

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