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Zero net energy school building: Building Better Recognition 2017 North America
Zero net energy school building: Building Better Recognition 2017 North America

The LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition in North America went to Gloria Lee and Nathan Swift of SwiftLeeOffice in Pasadena, CA, USA. The two architects designed a new school building prototype for the Los Angeles Unified School District to replace several inadequate temporary structures.

Public Condenser: Building Better Recognition 2017 Europe
Public Condenser: Building Better Recognition 2017 Europe

Gilles Delalex and his team from Muoto Architecture Studio in Paris won the Building Better Recognition which is awarded for a winning project from a previous competition that has since been built and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building. The architects excelled in accommodating infrastructure for eight universities under the roof of a highly economical and cost-efficient building. The project won LafargeHolcim Awards Silver in 2014. The building was completed in 2016 and stands as proof that theory can indeed exist in practice.

Stacking Sports: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview
Stacking Sports: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview

Neighborhood recreation center, Bordeaux, France: An array of sporting facilities stacked in one volume, but in open air – uses sport as a social condenser. By François Chas, Nicolas Guerin, Fabrice Long, Paul Maître-Devallon and Ana Miscu, NP2F, Paris, France.

Radical Archaeology: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview
Radical Archaeology: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview

Roman settlement excavation center Augusta Raurica, Augst, Switzerland: An archaeological center for Roman ruins finds a flexible structural system to meet diverse uses and adapt as they change over time.By Ünal Karamuk and Jeannette Kuo, Karamuk Kuo Architekten, Zurich, Switzerland.

Bio-Palimpsest: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview
Bio-Palimpsest: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview

LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017 Europe An ecological approach to archaeological sites, Pontevedra, Spain: Landscape park of simple means and layered interpretations for a series of archaeological sites. By Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea, AGi architects, Madrid, Spain.

Back-Alley Front Stage: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview
Back-Alley Front Stage: Acknowledgement 2017 Europe – Project Overview

First independent theater, Bucharest, Romania: A community-supported independent theater – the first since 1946 – that transforms a dilapidated plot into a cultural venue. By Chris Simion-Mercurian and Tiberiu Mercurian, Ascociata Culturala Grivita 53; Codrin Tritescu and Petre Frangulea, Arhitecture Office Codrin Tritescu, Bucharest, Romania.

Air Rights: Bronze 2017 Europe – Project Overview
Air Rights: Bronze 2017 Europe – Project Overview

Zero (fossil) Energy Development units on parking lots, London, United Kingdom: Prototype for a low-carbon architecture built above existing public parking spaces – an ingenious solution to solve London’s housing shortage. By ZEDpods Ltd, London, United Kingdom.

Gold 2017 Europe (ex aequo) – Overview of Projects
Gold 2017 Europe (ex aequo) – Overview of Projects

The jury decided to award two entries with equal first place. They exemplify a new era in sustainable construction because they are characterized not by stand-alone measures but by holistic concepts that integrate technical, social, economic, and ecological aspects in a balanced way. Both projects are located in a Brussels district for which an urban masterplan has been developed – the Willebroek Canal. 

Francis Kéré receives first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition
Francis Kéré receives first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition Middle East Africa goes to Kéré Architecture, Berlin, Germany, for “Secondary school with passive ventilation system,” a project that earned the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2012. The jury was impressed by its “beauty and innovative architectural concept and example for new sustainable construction from a materials and technology perspective.” Today, the secondary school is reality for hundreds of children and standing the test of time in Gando, Burkina Faso.

Through the Looking-Glass: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa
Through the Looking-Glass: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa

Exuberant and playful transformation of traditional type forms for a healing center for children with Nodding Disease aimed at community-building after decades of conflict in Odek, Uganda. 

Refrigerating Jar: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa
Refrigerating Jar: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa

Fostering the production of shea butter as an important local trade, the striking towers of the storage units are designed for passive cooling and allude to traditional local architecture in Karaga District, Ghana.

Ascending Array: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa
Ascending Array: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa

Sweep of gently curving roof elements and screen enclosures for a library in Lilongwe, Malawi transcending sustainable construction into one integrated and elegant design.

Pavilion Re-claimed: LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 Middle East Africa
Pavilion Re-claimed: LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 Middle East Africa

In the El Marj, Lebanon, located in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees, the project creates a dignified school environment from the leftover materials of a temporary pavilion in a collaborative and smart reassembly of its components.

Legacy Restored: LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2017 Middle East Africa
Legacy Restored: LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2017 Middle East Africa

Reinterpretation of traditional local construction for a new mosque and community center in Dandaji, Niger, creating a space in the village open to all.

Reel to Real: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa
Reel to Real: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa

Film training center for East Africa in Kampala, Uganda conceived as a cinematic series of spaces wrapped in brick and intended to empower a new generation of filmmakers to see and narrate their experiences for a global audience.

Weaving and Stamping: LafargeHolcim Awards Silver 2017 Middle East Africa
Weaving and Stamping: LafargeHolcim Awards Silver 2017 Middle East Africa

Learning complex in the village of Aït Benhaddou in Morocco uses architecture, form, and space to claim artisanship and handiwork as living and modern traditions.

Making the trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards
Making the trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards

This year’s LafargeHolcim Awards trophies are a visual and tangible example of what can be created through sustainable thinking and a passion for innovation. LafargeHolcim products Ductal and Airium are fittingly appropriate eco-efficient materials for the LafargeHolcim Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence in sustainable construction. So the world builds better.

Regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2017 Asia Pacific – Melbourne School of Design
Regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2017 Asia Pacific – Melbourne School of Design

The LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 jury for region Asia Pacific met at the Melbourne School of Design, Australia to select projects using the “target issues” for sustainable construction. Take a peek behind the scenes.

The initiatives of the LafargeHolcim Foundation
The initiatives of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Since 2003 the Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction through its international Awards competitions, academic Forums and publications. This video introduces the main activities of the organization. Promoting best practice, pioneering fresh solutions, and inspiring both established and the “Next Generation” of architects, engineers, planners, developers and contractors to adopt sustainable parameters for all their building projects are just a few of its ambitious objective.

Carlos Piles
Carlos Piles

The LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction gives many projects the boost to achieve realization and is part of countless success stories being written by aspiring and established professionals. A prize in the competition opens new doors for many of the winners, like the Spanish architect Carlos Piles: thanks to two prizes from the LafargeHolcim Foundation, he has made an exciting step in his career – to LafargeHolcim!

LafargeHolcim Awards – submit your project by March 21, 2017
LafargeHolcim Awards – submit your project by March 21, 2017

The LafargeHolcim Awards is the world's most significant competition in sustainable design. This short video explains who is invited, what projects are eligible and how these are submitted.

LafargeHolcim Awards Roadshow and Greening Asia (Bahasa Indonesia) book launch events
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 Awards and to launch the translated version of Greening Asia:  Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture.

Almost one third are connected to the LafargeHolcim Foundation
Almost one third are connected to the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Alejandro Aravena points out that when he was looking for specialists who would share knowledge, tools and strategies at "his" Biennale 2016, almost one third of the selected experts were in some way connected to the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

Video: How can people care about sustainability, when they have no security?
Video: How can people care about sustainability, when they have no security?

The expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how architecture should respond to the challenges. With the 300-person venue at the 15th International International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia filled to capacity, moderator Rolf Soiron inspired the panelists Alejandro Aravena, Jonathan Ledgard, Milinda Pathiraja and Robert Mardini to discuss practical solutions, rather than hold a strictly formal debate.

Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan, Constitución, Chile – Project Update August 2016
Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan, Constitución, Chile – Project Update August 2016

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.

Finding breathing space for the community
Finding breathing space for the community

University of São Paulo PhD student Eduardo Pizarro sees the potential of small pockets within the favela of Paraisópolis to deliver much-needed infrastructure and community spaces. As winner of the LafargeHolcim Forum Student Poster Competition 2016, his project “Turning Voids into Infrastructure” lives up to the “target issues” of sustainable construction and designs micro interventions that uses the potential of these small spaces between and within buildings for the residents of São Paulo’s second-largest favela.

 

CBC Television Cairo interview “LafargeHolcim Awards – the competition for sustainable design”
CBC Television Cairo interview “LafargeHolcim Awards – the competition for sustainable design”

General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Edward Schwarz, interviewed by Lamis Elhadidy on CBC (Capital Broadcasting Center) satellite TV station based in Cairo. He explains why LafargeHolcim created the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, and the LafargeHolcim Awards – the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. 

Fresh ideas to shape tomorrow’s world: LafargeHolcim Awards
Fresh ideas to shape tomorrow’s world: LafargeHolcim Awards

In its efforts to encourage inventive new solutions, the LafargeHolcim Foundation places special focus on the next generation. Students from leading technical universities are part of the LafargeHolcim Forum, an international symposium that advances concepts of sustainable construction. In addition, the LafargeHolcim Awards place a special focus on 18-30 year old students and young professionals – because fresh ideas will shape tomorrow’s world.

Alejandro Aravena: Learning from examples – Biennale for architecture and industry
Alejandro Aravena: Learning from examples – Biennale for architecture and industry

Curator of the 15th International Architecture Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, supports using “a mix of high-tech innovation and low-tech local materials” to reduce carbon emissions related to construction. In a video released by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Aravena points to the Droneport shell prototype at the Venice exhibition as an outstanding example of the pivotal change needed from architecture and industry. 

Unique collaboration and creative reconstruction is driving the city’s recovery
Unique collaboration and creative reconstruction is driving the city’s recovery

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.

Ágora Bogotá: Timelapse of the construction
Ágora Bogotá: Timelapse of the construction

Just one more floor to go - 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.

"Les LafargeHolcim Awards sont une occasion unique"
"Les LafargeHolcim Awards sont une occasion unique"

Marilyne Andersen, Doyenne de la Faculté de l’environnement naturel, architectural et construit, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL), Lausanne, Suisse explique les motifs de participer au LafargeHolcim Awards pour les projets de construction durable.

How does, will and should the topic of infrastructure affect the building materials industry?
How does, will and should the topic of infrastructure affect the building materials industry?

300 experts from 40 countries gathered in Detroit for the 5th international LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction exploring Infrastructure Space in workshops, panel discussions and keynote speeches. A good opportunity to ask the professionals a question related to the role of the building materials industry.  Find wide-ranging answers in this video.

Durabric – the secret behind the Droneport shell
Durabric – the secret behind the Droneport shell

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction supported the construction of a prototype Droneport shell at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. The structure consists of 18,000 Durabrics made of compressed earth and cement which were customized by the LafargeHolcim Research Centre in Lyon. 

Smart architectural design for unskilled workers: Community Library in Sri Lanka
Smart architectural design for unskilled workers: Community Library in Sri Lanka

Beautiful impressions of the finalized Global Silver Award 2015 winning project "Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation" in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka. Architect Milinda Pathiraja of Robust Architecture Workshop comments on the aims of the project.

Christian Kerez and Kaspar Wenger on the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (German)
Christian Kerez and Kaspar Wenger on the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (German)

“Incidental Space is a combination of a physical model and also a very refined technology”, says architect Christian Kerez . The irregular, knobbly form of Incidental Space at the Swiss Pavilion of the 15 th International Architecture Biennale in Venice is made from only two centimeters thick panels of sprayed fiber cement developed by Holcim Switzerland, a member of LafargeHolcim. 

Norman Foster on the collaboration of the Droneport prototype
Norman Foster on the collaboration of the Droneport prototype

At an event organized by Archizoom, Lord Norman Foster explained the amount of research which went into the Droneport project. A prototype of the structure is exhibited at the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice. The project is a collaboration between the Norman Foster Foundation, five technical universities, the engineering firm ODB, and the LafargeHolcim Research Center in Lyon.

Droneport: A catalyst to leapfrog conventional infrastructure in developing countries
Droneport: A catalyst to leapfrog conventional infrastructure in developing countries

Norman Foster’s vision of a Droneport network combines the dynamic futurism of drone technology with low-tech buildings using local materials and 800-year-old building techniques. The network aims to interconnect communities in developing countries that lack appropriate road or rail networks, enabling urgent medical supplies and cargo to be delivered quickly and cost-effectively. 

LafargeHolcim Awards competition - Introduction
LafargeHolcim Awards competition - Introduction

The LafargeHolcim Awards is an international competition that recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts on regional and global levels. A total of USD 2 million in prize money is awarded in each three-year cycle. The competition seeks projects that go beyond balancing environmental performance, social responsibility, and economic growth. 

Ricky Burdett: "Urban infrastructure is key to sustainability" - LafargeHolcim Forum 2016
Ricky Burdett: "Urban infrastructure is key to sustainability" - LafargeHolcim Forum 2016

Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) delivered a keynote speech on the "Infrastructures of Inequality". Using research from the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Urban Age programme and examples from contemporary practice, the lecture explores the physical and political impacts of infrastructure on urban life.

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Projects related to building communities, fostering education and addressing freshwater and wastewater issues stood out as winners of the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition 2017 in Asia Pacific. At the media briefing on the…

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Celebrating teams from all eleven LafargeHolcim Awards prize-winning teams from Asia Pacific for 2017.

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