The Holcim Awards competition has become an internationally-recognized standard bearer of the values of sustainability. The newly-published book Fourth Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2014/2015 presents an overview of the current global status of innovative approaches that meet societal needs, promote an economy of means and address ecological footprints.
This cycle’s winning…Read more »
A special issue of leading contemporary architecture magazine ‘A’A’ L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui features Selected Projects/Morceaux Choisis from the winners of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions. The examples show how attitudes towards sustainability have transformed and were selected and appraised by the Executive Editor and…Read more »
Nachhaltiges Bauen ist mehr als Solarpaneele auf dem Dach oder eine Wärmepumpe im Keller. Um neue Konzepte für eine nachhaltige Architektur und Stadtentwicklung zu finden, müssen Architekten mehr leisten, als auf bewährte Systeme und geprüfte Tabellen zurückzugreifen. Nachhaltigkeit ist eine große Unbekannte, die stets aufs Neue erforscht werden will – ein Lernprozess. Wie aber kann man…Read more »
How buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed and used has a critical impact on the planet. The newly-published book Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2011/2012 presents innovative approaches and integrated solutions that meet societal needs and address environmental performance and ecological footprints.
The projects also show how economic efficiency can be improved…Read more »
The book commemorates the second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition 2008/09 and features in-depth articles, photographic presentations and interviews on the 15 projects from all regions of the world that qualified for the Global Holcim Awards 2009, and project descriptions of all 52 projects that received Awards, Acknowledgement or “Next Generation” prizes in the regional Holcim Awards…Read more »
The book commemorates the first cycle of the Holcim Awards competition 2005/06 and provides a snapshot of the global state of sustainable construction, including expert contributions and descriptions of all 46 prize-winning Holcim Awards projects – and thus illustrates that sustainable construction is important in every country, takes many forms, operates at many scales, incorporates many…Read more »
Forum 2016 – Infrastructure Space is fully dedicated to the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction that focussed on the topic of Infrastructure Space and was held in Detroit. The publication provides an overview of the event that brought together some 300 leading thinkers from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, social science, business, and industry from 40…Read more »
Infrastructure Space is a collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction on the theme of “Infrastructure Space” held in Detroit, USA in April 2016.
Is infrastructure but the plumbing and wiring of the human environment, or is it the true lifeblood of the spaces we inhabit? Infrastructural systems facilitate the flow of anything from people and goods…Read more »
2nd Holcim Roundtable for Sustainable Construction
June 28 to July 1, 2015, Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Re-materializing Construction is the draft outcome of the first and second Holcim Roundtable for Sustainable Construction, a series of two-day meetings with some of the world’s foremost thinkers on sustainability in the construction sector.Read more »
1st Holcim Roundtable for Sustainable Construction
June 30 to July 2, 2014, MIT Endicott House, Boston, MA, USA
The Roundtable brought together experts from different fields – material scientists, engineers, architects, sociologists, historians, policy makers, and industry leaders – to devise a clear agenda for retooling and reorienting construction towards a more sustainable future.
Inspired by the 4th International Holcim Forum, Mumbai, India
The Economy of Sustainable Construction examines how sustainability can deliver a robust response to fiscal challenges. The book evaluates current architectural practices and models, and also introduces materials and methods to maximize the environmental, social, and economic performance of buildings.
Contained within its 400 pages are…Read more »
Economy of Sustainable Construction was the central focus of the 4th International Holcim Forum for 380 specialists. This new publication provides an overview of some of the great challenges to help realign the foucs on the essential topic of Economy of Sustainable Construction.
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Inspired by the 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010, Mexico City
How must architecture, engineering and construction evolve so that sustainability is automatically embedded in the way the built environment is designed, constructed, used and recycled? This challenging question was the nucleus of the 3rd International Holcim Forum held in Mexico City and inspiration for Re-inventing Construction.…Read more »
To discuss the re-thinking of construction – and to inspire steps forward by the discussion – the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction invited 270 specialists from 39 countries to Mexico City for the 3rd International Holcim Forum. For three days the architects, engineers, urban planners, natural and social scientists, and representatives of business, politics, and society…Read more »
“Tell me what is urban for you and I can tell you who you are"
Clearly, the very notion of “urban” is arguably one of the hot topics of contemporary culture; it has become the synonym of cool and serves as a Zeitgeist indicator of lifestyle, music, food, fashion, and design.
Yet precisely what “urban” means in regard to urbanism and the city has become increasingly blurred. Depending on specific…Read more »
This publication provides a useful "generalist" overview on the Holcim Forum 2007, held in Shanghai, China. It targets a broad audience, as a means of raising awareness in terms of the topic of urban transformation. It contains information on speakers, themes, workshops and participants, as well as general information on the activities of the 2-day event.
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Over 120 experts from around the world met to exchange information and experience relating to sustainable construction and thus contribute to sustainable development. The numerous contributions, discussions, lectures, and findings were documented into a book. In a lengthy interview the Portuguese star architect Eduardo Souto de Moura explains how sustainability played into the design of his…Read more »
A special issue of AA: L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to the self-supporting structure of compressed earth bricks examines the multiple layers where sustainability is embedded by leading architects and designers. Beyond the architectural form of the geometrical vault, the Droneport illustrates the advantages of interdisciplinary thinking to address the challenges of supplying medicines…Read more »
The Foundation publishes booklets on exemplary sustainable construction projects that illustrate architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond technical solutions. The box set contains:
Office building in Costa Rica on the head office building of Holcim Costa Rica that reduces energy through natural lighting and ventilation, achieving this at a relatively modest cost, while…Read more »
This book examines two progressive and influential projects by Montreal-based architects l’OEUF. The approach to changing the way communities are designed and built tracks progress on the redevelopment of Benny Farm, the first ever Global Holcim Awards Bronze winner from 2006, a follow-up project at Rosemont, and plans for the forthcoming Bois Ellen Cooperative Residence.
The described social…Read more »
L’UICN a exigé que le Centre de la conservation soit conçu et construit dans le respect des normes écologiques les plus strictes… tout à fait adapté à une organisation qui œuvre pour la protection de la nature. La structure du bâtiment est une véritable vitrine des technologies modernes et naissantes du béton : béton faible en CO2, béton recyclé, béton précontraint, béton isolant, béton…
IUCN insisted that the Conservation Centre be designed and constructed to meet the highest standards of sustainability – of course fitting for an organization committed to the protection of nature. The IUCN Conservation Centre uses only 20 percent of the electricity consumed by a conventional building of its size and creates an exceptional indoor atmosphere that promotes social integrity and…Read more »
The Hermosillo cement plant sets new standards for safety design, thermal efficiency, water efficiency, and environmental stewardship. The administrative building at the Hermosillo plant is a regional landmark of sustainable construction. The most notable of its many green features are the 200-kilowatt photovoltaic system, the largest such commercial installation in Mexico, and the innovative…Read more »
The Nantes School of Architecture is generous, adaptable, and multi-functional. Its additional unprogrammed spaces, which were not included in the original brief, open the building up to appropriation, and allow it to remain structurally relevant through the present and well into the future.
Lacaton & Vassal Architects more than doubled the school’s usable surface area from 12,500 to 26,000m2,…Read more »
MAS Intimates Thurulie is a visionary departure from a standard factory. It claims to be the world’s first clothing factory powered solely by carbon-neutral sources. Energy consumption is 25% lower than comparable factories, and consumption of potable water about half the norm.
To reduce embodied energy in the building, the main exterior walls are made of compressed stabilized earth blocks…Read more »
Development Alternatives head office building in New Delhi is a showcase of traditional, environmentally efficient construction materials and systems that can be economically developed for low-energy mass production and adopted by the mainstream building industry, especially in developing countries.
In an interview within the book, internationally-renowned architect and designer of the building,…Read more »
Tsoga Environmental Center is a community-service and recycling facility situated in a poverty-stricken informal settlement of Cape Town where the need for a normal community center pales in comparison to widespread socioeconomic despair. The design team in Cape Town applied a formal methodology for sustainable construction to achieve far more than just the creation of a new building.
They…Read more »
Forum Chriesbach, the research center of Eawag the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz) proves that green buildings can be high-tech, cost effective, highly functional and beautiful. The building has won four Swiss awards for innovation, energy efficiency, daylighting and solar design.
The…Read more »
Sede principal de Holcim Costa Rica en San José es una huida de las normas, y el diseño del emplazamiento tiene un mérito eclógioco más allá de cualqier edificio des oficinas.
14.8 cm x 21.0 cm
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The head office building of Holcim Costa Rica, a recognized example of sustainable construction, is used to explain the Holcim Foundation’s five “target issues” with reference to the project completed in 2004. The office building was conceived to provide a comfortable indoor environment using passive means instead of mechanical means such as air conditioning.
The building was named one of the…Read more »
The latest edition of Foundations, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, is fully dedicated to the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction that focussed on the topic of Infrastructure Space and was held in Detroit. The publication provides an overview of the event that brought together some 300 leading thinkers from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning,…
Foundations 18 features insights into the Global Awards 2015 handovers in Medellín, Colombia; Ambepussa, Sri Lanka; and New York, USA as well as the 2nd Roundtable and first ever Awards Lab. The Foundation’s initiatives compliment the ambition of LafargeHolcim to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure, to contribute to a higher quality of life, and to…Read more »
Holcim established the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in December 2003 to take a more active role in the discussion and directly promote sustainable construction. The most prominent activity of the Holcim Foundation is the global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, a global competition that recognizes outstanding construction projects.Read more »
Foundations 17 captures the most exciting moments of the regional Holcim Awards ceremonies 2014 at which 62 winners out of more than 6,100 project entries were honored with prizes. The prize-handovers took place in Moscow, Toronto, Medellín, Beirut and Jakarta.Read more »
Foundations 16 is dedicated to providing a glimpse behind the scenes of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition: promotion, project entry, jury evaluation, and prize hand-overs. With a wide range of promotional events and the support of Holcim Group companies, the number of entries reached a new record: by the close of entries 6,103 projects had been submitted in the…Read more »
“Economy of Sustainable Construction” was the central focus of the 4th International Holcim Forum for 380 specialists. This new publication provides an overview of some of the great challenges to help realign the focus on the essential topic of “Economy of Sustainable Construction”.
ISBN: 978-7266-0097-6Read more »
"Foundations 14" is dedicated to the activities of the Holcim Foundation over the past year including the Global Holcim Awards Gold prize hand-over that took place in December 2012 in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The winning project by Diébédo Francis Kéré is exemplary in terms of all facets of sustainability - and illustrates how "the seeds we plant today are that which will be…
Foundations 13 is dedicated to the groundbreaking projects showcased in the regional Holcim Awards 2011 presentations. From some 6,000 submissions, the best were celebrated at five two-day events held in Casablanca, Milan, Buenos Aires, Washington D.C. and Singapore.
Rethinking the way we build was the central focus of the 3rd International Holcim Forum for 270 specialists from 39 countries. This new publication provides an overview of some of the great challenges to reorient construction economically, ecologically, and socially.
The second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition ended with an exciting climax. The
four global prizes were conferred at handover events in Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Fez,
and San Francisco.
The second regional Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been presented. At ceremonies in Madrid, Montreal, Mexico City, Marrakech, and New Delhi, the best 52 of about 5,000 submitted construction projects and visions for a sustainable future were recognized.
Even the greatest expectations were exceeded. In the second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition, architects, engineers, planners and students from over 90 countries submitted a total of 4,774 construction projects and visions designed to prompt the different responses needed to make such a future achievable.
Shanghai was the ideal venue for the Holcim Forum on Urban_Trans_Formation. The Chinese city is a unique laboratory for urban development. In no other city in the world is the speed of development so dizzying – and the urban forms so diverse.
The Holcim Foundation took on a distinct profile during the first 3-year cycle – and continues to develop, promoting sustainable construction worldwide at a high level.
The first cycle of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction came to a furious finale in the Thai capital city of Bangkok – with a colorful fireworks display, many smiling winners, and 700 enthusiastic guests from over 50 countries. Two global Holcim Awards Gold, a Silver, and a Bronze Award were presented for construction projects in Venezuela, Germany, Italy and Canada.
The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been celebrated for the first time ever: at ceremonies in Geneva, Boston, Beijing, Johannesburg, and Rio de Janeiro the authors and 46 teams behind the best submitted projects were recognized with regional Holcim Awards as well as Acknowledgement and Encouragement prizes.
Entries for the first Holcim Awards competition must be finalized only a few weeks' time.
The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is more than just an idea now: on September 16 and 17, 2004 it held the first Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction at, and with the cooperation of, ETH Zurich. 120 experts from around the world took part, showing that the importance of sustainability in construction is recognized everywhere.Read more »
The "At a glance" leaflet presents a brief overview of the organization and the initiatives of the Foundation including its Awards competitions, academic symposiums and exemplary publications on sustainable construction.
The LafargeHolcim Foundation selects and supports initiatives that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond…Read more »
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…
Border fencing from the era of the 1990s Operation Gatekeeper, near Campo, California, USA. Courtesy: Michael Dear in …
The LafargeHolcim Awards is the world's most significant competition in sustainable design. This short video explains who is …