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Architects celebrate LafargeHolcim Awards prize with their construction team
Architects celebrate LafargeHolcim Awards prize with their construction team

More than 80 of the project’s enthusiastic workforce met in the backyard of Atelier masōmī in Niamey, the capital of Niger to recognize the dedicated labor force of local masons, electrical- and metal-workers and technicians.

“We cherish being part of a network of contacts in different industries & countries” – Jeanette Kuo
“We cherish being part of a network of contacts in different industries & countries” – Jeanette Kuo

“You’ll be part of a network of contacts in different industries and countries – which is something we cherish a lot” – says Jeanette Kuo on winning a  LafargeHolcim Awards prize. Karamuk Kuo Architects project for an excavation center at Augusta Raurica provides a flexible structure system for safeguarding the largest Roman archaeological site in Switzerland.

“A better view of the industry” – Kai-Uwe Bergmann
“A better view of the industry” – Kai-Uwe Bergmann

“Follow a material’s life-cycle to get a better view of the industry,” concludes Kai-Uwe Bergmann at the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Bergmann is partner architect at Bjarke Ingels Group and was a workshop respondent at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“Challenging the limits of materials” – Jens Diebold
“Challenging the limits of materials” – Jens Diebold

“We need to challenge the limits of materials,” demands Jens Diebold following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Diebold is Head of Sustainable Development of LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

“Dealing with materials in the future” – Francis Kéré
“Dealing with materials in the future” – Francis Kéré

“It’s important to talk about how to deal with materials in the future,” says Francis Kéré following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Kéré is principal of Kéré Architecture in Berlin and was a keynote speaker at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“Ecologically-friendly and local material” – Karen Scrivener
“Ecologically-friendly and local material” – Karen Scrivener

“Concrete is a very ecologically-friendly and local material – it must be improved and made more efficient,” explains Karen Scrivener following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Scrivener is Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne).

“Improving and making more effective” – Anne Lacaton
“Improving and making more effective” – Anne Lacaton

“We have enough existing materials – we can improve them and make them more effective,” explains Anne Lacaton following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Lacaton is co-founder of Lacaton & Vassal architects in Paris and was a keynote speaker at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“Knowledge to political decision-makers” – Simon Upton
“Knowledge to political decision-makers” – Simon Upton

“Bring all the knowledge to the political decision-makers,” demands Rt Hon Simon Upton following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction” where he was concluding keynote speaker. Upton is the former Environmental Director of the OECD and currently New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.

“Least resource consumption” – Michael Scharpf
“Least resource consumption” – Michael Scharpf

“The least resource consumption for a maximum use,” summarizes Michael Scharpf following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction.” Scharpf is Lead Manager Sustainable Construction of LafargeHolcim.

“Providing the supply” – Cédric de Meeûs
“Providing the supply” – Cédric de Meeûs

“We can provide the supply but not the demand,” states Cédric de Meeûs following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction” with regard to the recycling of concrete. De Meeûs is Head of Public Affairs of LafargeHolcim. 

“Re-materializing has many angles” – Brinda Somaya
“Re-materializing has many angles” – Brinda Somaya

“From new construction to waste collection – re-materializing has many angles,” says Brinda Somaya following the LafargeHolcim Forum in Egypt. Somaya is Principal of Somaya & Kalappa Consultants in India and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“Stretching the boundaries of what is possible” – Norman Foster
“Stretching the boundaries of what is possible” – Norman Foster

“Materials are forever stretching the boundaries of what is possible – in a future of doing more with less,” says Lord Norman Foster following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Lord Foster is founder and principal of Foster & Partners and was the opening keynote speaker at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction. 

“Understanding materials better” – Stuart Smith
“Understanding materials better” – Stuart Smith

“The better we understand the materials we’ve got, the sooner we can start to deal with their problems,” summarized Stuart Smith following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Smith is director at Arup in Germany and the UK, and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“We have to work together” – Anna Heringer
“We have to work together” – Anna Heringer

“We have to work together – building naturally or industrially,” says Anna Heringer following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Heringer is Honorary Professor of the UNESCO Chair in Earthen Architecture and co-moderated a workshop at the LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction.

“We need a systematic approach” – Jan Jenisch
“We need a systematic approach” – Jan Jenisch

“It’s too simple to say we need sustainable building materials – we need a systematic approach,” notes Jan Jenisch following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Jenisch is the CEO of LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“Knowledge to address the built environment” – Alejandro Aravena
“Knowledge to address the built environment” – Alejandro Aravena

“We need knowledge to address the built environment,” says Alejandro Aravena following the LafargeHolcim Forum on “Re-materializing construction”. Aravena is partner architect of Elemental in Chile and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. 

“An impressive organisation that has become very important to the culture of architecture” – Richard Hassell
“An impressive organisation that has become very important to the culture of architecture” – Richard Hassell

LafargeHolcim Awards winner & upcoming jury member for region Asia Pacific, Richard Hassell of WOHA endorses the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. WOHA received a LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze for a project to introduce buildings and open space on remediated swamp land in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Call for exemplary construction projects, visionary design concepts
LafargeHolcim Awards: Call for exemplary construction projects, visionary design concepts

The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foregrounds projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Convocatoria para proyectos de construcción ejemplares y conceptos de diseño visionaries
LafargeHolcim Awards: Convocatoria para proyectos de construcción ejemplares y conceptos de diseño visionaries

Language: Spanish with Spanish Subtitles

Los LafargeHolcim Awards están dirigidos a proyectos destacados realizados por profesionales y también a ideas audaces de las nuevas generaciones, que combinen soluciones de construcción sustentable con excelencia arquitectónica. Hasta el 25 de febrero de 2020 estarán abiertas las inscripciones para participar en el 6to ciclo de esta competencia internacional. Los Awards ofrecen un total de 2 millones de dólares estadounidenses en premios y convoca a proyectos y conceptos de arquitectura, ingeniería, urbanismo, tecnologías de materiales y construcción, y campos afines.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Appel à projets de construction exemplaires et concepts de design innovants
LafargeHolcim Awards: Appel à projets de construction exemplaires et concepts de design innovants

Language: French with French Subtitles

Les LafargeHolcim Awards s’intéressent aux projets phares de professionnels ainsi qu’aux idées audacieuses soumises par les talents de demain, qui combinent solutions de construction durables et excellence architecturale. Les inscriptions pour le 6e cycle du concours international sont ouvertes jusqu’au 25 février 2020. Les Awards sont assortis au total d’une dotation de 2 millions de dollars et récompensent les projets et concepts dans les domaines de l’architecture, de l’ingénierie, de l’aménagement urbain, des matériaux et des technologies de construction, ainsi que dans les domaines connexes.

加入全球拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛吧!
加入全球拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛吧!

Language: Chinese with Chinese & English Subtitles

拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛是全球最重要的可持续设计大赛。作品征集范围包括建筑设计、工程设计、城市规划、材料工程、建筑科技及相关领域的项目。奖金总计200万美元。大奖赛的主奖项要求参赛作品处于设计后期,并具有较高的可实施性。

Joana Dabaj & Riccardo Luca Conti at Strelka “Future Architect” Conference, Moscow
Joana Dabaj & Riccardo Luca Conti at Strelka “Future Architect” Conference, Moscow

LafargeHolcim Awards winners Joana Dabaj and Riccardo Luca Conti from CatalyticAction highlighted the importance of ethical standards and social inclusion at the Strelka “Future Architect” Conference in Moscow, Russia. 

“An opportunity to share ideas with the community” – Mario Camargo
“An opportunity to share ideas with the community” – Mario Camargo

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

Mario Camargo from Colectivo 720 in Colombia says entering the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is an opportunity to share ideas on sustainability with the wider community and plan the project further. His project “Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park” in Medellín, Colombia transforms hidden infrastructure within the city into publicly-accessible civic space.

“An open platform that rewards creativity and innovation” – Vedhant Maharaj
“An open platform that rewards creativity and innovation” – Vedhant Maharaj

Vedhant Maharaj, Rebel Base Collective & LafargeHolcim Awards winner is asked why young architects should enter the next LafargeHolcim Awards competition. “The LafargeHolcim Awards is an open platform that rewards creativity and innovation,” he said.

“Provide answers to living more sustainably” – Oliver Lang
“Provide answers to living more sustainably” – Oliver Lang

Global Awards finalist Oliver Lang says that entering the LafargeHolcim Awards is an opportunity to “provide answers to living more sustainably”.

“The urgency to re-materialize construction is extreme”
“The urgency to re-materialize construction is extreme”

Watch a 5-minute summary featuring statements on “Re-materializing construction”, the topic of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum, by Lord Norman Foster, Marc Angélil, Alejandro Aravena, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Anna Heringer, Laila Iskandar, Francis Kéré, Anne Lacaton, Stuart Smith, Brinda Somaya, and Rt Hon Simon Upton. 

“Cement and concrete are not the enemy”
“Cement and concrete are not the enemy”

Top managers of LafargeHolcim comment on the future of building materials in a five-minute video that breaks down questions and findings of the symposium dedicated to “re-materializing construction” that are relevant to the cement and concrete industry.  “It is key for us to engage and discuss with all stakeholders of society where construction and building materials will go in the future,” says Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

Project Update – AirShade by Nikola Znanor
Project Update – AirShade by Nikola Znanor

Language: Croatian no Subtitles

Nikola Znaor’s project offers a solution to energy-intensive cooling of buildings. In an interview on Croatian television program Eko zona (Eco-zone), he describes progress on his Air-Shade responsive and sustainable shading system, that is powered by air that is sensitive to solar exposure and uses no external energy source or sensors. Nikola Znaor points how winning a Next Generation prize in the world’s largest competition for sustainable design helped to finance the ongoing feasibility study for the project.

Video: Courtesy Eko zona – Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT).

“Encapsulating the challenges of our time and the importance of sustainability” – Nirmal Kishnani
“Encapsulating the challenges of our time and the importance of sustainability” – Nirmal Kishnani

The National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Design & Environment unveiled the first new-build net-zero energy building in Singapore. NUS is an associated university of the LafargeHolcim Foundation; and demonstrates its commitment to “walking the talk” on sustainable construction.

The new building is architecture that lives up to the pedagogy of the school. It cultivates a sense of collaborative learning; integrates the natural and interior environment; and influences the next generation to see sustainable architecture as integral to their own ways of living and designing future buildings.

“Can architecture build people’s lives?”
“Can architecture build people’s lives?”

Milinda Pathiraja at the TEDx Colombo event “I, You, We” in October 2018 on robust techniques to achieve sustainability. His work including the Global LafargeHolcim Awards winning Community Library in rural Ambepussa illustrates his focus on a form of architecture that not only produces spaces and constructed artifacts – but that also builds capacities and human capital.  

“Knitcrete” formwork and materials innovation
“Knitcrete” formwork and materials innovation

A double-curved concrete shell made with a 3D-knitted formwork in a collaboration between Zaha Hadid Architects and ETH Zurich has gone on display in Mexico City.

How building sustainably can support education in Indonesia
How building sustainably can support education in Indonesia

Language: Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles

Two LafargeHolcim Awards winning teams examined how sustainable construction can improve the quality of education at an event hosted by Holcim Indonesia. The projects were: “Microlibrary” learning centers by SHAU that aim to raise literacy via a network of small and accessible libraries; and a school hub built using local materials that empowers local craftsmen by SASO Architecture Studio.

“Learning Amplified through Exchange with Like-Minded People”
“Learning Amplified through Exchange with Like-Minded People”

Language: Bahasa Indonesia with English subtitles

Andi Subagio recently attended the LafargeHolcim Awards Lab in Mexico City where some 50 Next Generation prizewinners from around the world met at IBERO to encourage progress towards sustainability in building and construction. He was enthusiastic about the benefits of the Awards Lab: “We had the opportunity to network with other young professionals from around the world and share concepts for improving sustainability of the built environment. On top of that I had the chance to meet some of my idols from architecture and the learning was amplified through exchange with so many like-minded people,” said Subagio.

Project introduction: “Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park
Project introduction: “Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

Water is in shortage and overabundance in Mexico City. This short video introduces the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2018 winner, which addresses this water supply paradox – and compliments the long tradition of Awards winners, that focus on water management, social sustainability, and water efficiency.

LafargeHolcim Awards Lab 2018 Mexico City
LafargeHolcim Awards Lab 2018 Mexico City

What’s next in sustainable construction? More than 50 young architects and engineers from 25 countries were inspired by lectures, presented their projects and exchanged experiences at the LafargeHolcim Next Generations Awards Lab in Mexico City. Three teams returned home with a two-year Research in Practice Grant.

“Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park
“Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

“Hydropuncture” – La Quebradora Hydraulic Park creates urgently needed water infrastructure in the eastern periphery of Mexico City. The project team led by architect Loreta Castro Reguera of Taller Capital and researcher Manuel Perló from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México won the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2018 for improving conditions in the dense urban fabric of the city by forming a greenbelt that doubles as water management infrastructure.

“Dig and delve into issues of sustainability” – Mariam Kamara
“Dig and delve into issues of sustainability” – Mariam Kamara

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Silver 2018 winner Mariam Kamara sees competition as a platform for specialists to “dig and delve into issues of sustainability on a global scale”.

LafargeHolcim Awards competition is “a great opportunity to get your ideas out and seen”
LafargeHolcim Awards competition is “a great opportunity to get your ideas out and seen”

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2018 prize winner Constance C Bodurow encourages fellow architects, engineers, urban planners and designers to participate in the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

“Bringing together the religious and the secular” – Yasaman Esmaili on sustainable design
“Bringing together the religious and the secular” – Yasaman Esmaili on sustainable design

The reinterpretation of traditional local construction techniques for a new mosque and community center in Dandaji, Niger brings together the religious and secular elements in a cohesive solution says Yasaman Esmaili of studio chahar, Iran. Together with Mariam Kamara of atelier masomi, Niger, she designed the Global Silver Awards winner with a project that addresses the contemporary social challenges by creating a space in the village open to all.

“Community-driven responses to issues facing many cities” – Alejandro Aravena
“Community-driven responses to issues facing many cities” – Alejandro Aravena

Awards Bronze: Alejandro Aravena, Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 jury thinks being an active agent of change is a compelling aspect of the Bronze Award winning project from the USA. The scalable community-driven model could be applied in other shrinking cities, where taking action in a design void breaks down the scale of centralized infrastructure to deliver water, energy and food locally.

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