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“Sustainable infrastructure that honors the sacred role of water in patterns of ritual.” – Vedhant Maharaj
“Sustainable infrastructure that honors the sacred role of water in patterns of ritual.” – Vedhant Maharaj

Sacred and Profane in India by Vedhant Maharaj, Rebel Base Collective, South Africa located on the edge of the Ganga (Ganges) River in Varanasi imagines a new typology of water purification infrastructure that transcends mere utility. Technical requirements are combined with places for social gathering and cultural rituals, in a set of carefully designed architectural interventions at the threshold between river and land.

“The heart of sustainability is leveraging the latent potential of natural systems – such as water for cooling.” – Georgina Baronian
“The heart of sustainability is leveraging the latent potential of natural systems – such as water for cooling.” – Georgina Baronian

Cooling Roof in California, USA by Georgina Baronian, Princeton University explores a prototype for an evaporative roof that uses radiant cooling. The research investigates how to cool large-scale (big box) structures using water on the roof as a thermal insulator and solar reflector.

Articulated Site: Video Impressions of Completed Work
Articulated Site: Video Impressions of Completed Work

The project opened in 2015 and foregrounds the value of water as an important resource of urban life. 

“Harnessing tidal power as a solution to Argentina’s electricity shortage.” – Stefano Romagnoli
“Harnessing tidal power as a solution to Argentina’s electricity shortage.” – Stefano Romagnoli

Territorial Figure in Argentina by Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini & Tomás Pont, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba proposes an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola in Argentina. It merges infrastructure, landscape, and architecture in a magnificent natural setting.

“Creating circular flows that include water is a key to sustainable architecture.” – Heidi Boulanger
“Creating circular flows that include water is a key to sustainable architecture.” – Heidi Boulanger

Machinarium in South Africa by Heidi Boulanger, University of Pretoria redefines understandings of industry, proposing a new system of resource exchange between specific production processes. The design explores synergies between a textile manufacturing facility, agricultural fields, and a sewage treatment plant to create a “Machinarium” of mutually interrelated and sustainable systems.

“The impact of water on sustainability is about considering the context of each project individually.” – András Dankházi
“The impact of water on sustainability is about considering the context of each project individually.” – András Dankházi

De-Salination in Ireland by András Dankházi, University College Dublin focusses on symbiotic water supply and landscape regeneration. The project reuses the warmed saltwater output from power plants in a mixed-use infrastructure for low-cost desalination to supply water to Dublin’s growing population.

CID Consulting & Nestlé Reverse Credit Program
CID Consulting & Nestlé Reverse Credit Program

The reverse credit program has been rolled out in the six largest recycling neighborhoods in Cairo – which recycle 20,000 tons of municipal waste per day, managed by small family-owned businesses with a history of more than 70 years in the city. Laila Iskandar is chairperson of CID, an Egyptian consulting firm pursuing holistic growth solutions by bridging corporate and developmental objectives.

“40 billion tonnes” challenge at Ethical Corporation’s Business Week – Magali Anderson
“40 billion tonnes” challenge at Ethical Corporation’s Business Week – Magali Anderson

Explaining how LafargeHolcim is leading the way in low carbon and circular construction and is already recovering a hundred times more waste than it produces – Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer of LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fasil Giorghis
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fasil Giorghis

“We must focus on more inclusive development – and look at the quality of urban spaces, health centers and the way we design these facilities for our society,” says Fasil Giorghis, Chair of Conservation of Urban & Architectural Heritage at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Building Construction & City Development, and Ambassador of the LafargeHolcim Awards.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fernando González Piris
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Fernando González Piris

“This crisis will force architecture to focus on resilience and adaptability. We need to re-examine how public space is created, and also ensure residential space can accommodate different uses such as working from home,” says Fernando González Piris, Madrid-based architect, at Ensamble Studio & LafargeHolcim Forum 2019 attendee.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Kaarin Taipale
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Kaarin Taipale

“I look forward to a ‘new normal’ where financialization and tourism are no longer the strongest drivers of urban development” – Kaarin Taipale, Finish urban researcher and politician, and a member of the LafargeHolcim Foundation network from the beginning.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nada Nafeh
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nada Nafeh

“Our profession will go through a revolution in terms of designing antimicrobial building materials,” says Nada Nafeh, from Egypt. The young architect and urban designer is recipient of a Research in Practice Grant of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nand Kumar
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Nand Kumar

“Suddenly food, shelter, health and safety are the most important things,” says Nand Kumar, LafargeHolcim Awards Ambassador from India: “Travel is not important, luxury is not important, and brands are not important.”

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz & Tomás Pont
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz & Tomás Pont

“Architects and designers have unique skills in critical thinking and the ability to imagine new futures,” say the recipients of the first LafargeHolcim Research in Practice Grant for Sustainable Construction – Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz, and Tomás Pont. The three winners from Argentina add: “We strongly believe that we are moving towards a change in paradigm after this pandemic.”

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Mitchell Joachim
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Mitchell Joachim

“Architects and urban designers will need to carefully rethink the structures of our cities – how we understand proximity and space between people and the built environment.” Mitchell Joachim, architect and urban designer at Terreform ONE, and LafargeHolcim Awards winner, shares his thoughts about the role of architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Avneesh Tiwari
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Avneesh Tiwari

“Washing hands, staying at home and social distancing will not work in communities with poor access to water, sanitation and other infrastructure. Our cities are built by and rely on this informal workforce – so we need investment and innovation in affordable housing to better meet a future crisis,” says Avneesh Tiwari, Mumbai-based architect, founder of atArchitecture and LafargeHolcim Awards winner.

Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Eduardo Pizarro
Architecture in the Covid-19 Crisis – Eduardo Pizarro

“It might reframe the act of designing for the 21st century,” says Brazilian architect Eduardo Pizarro. “How do we rebuild the sense of common in cities which are already unequal, fragmented, segregated?”

Awards competition: Update in the context of Covid-19
Awards competition: Update in the context of Covid-19

The LafargeHolcim Foundation has decided to postpone the regional prize hand-over events until next year, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. This 5-minute video by Edward Schwarz, General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation explains how the Awards competition schedule has been adapted.

“A very positive catalyst for change” – Noor Marji
“A very positive catalyst for change” – Noor Marji

“The #LafargeHolcimAwards is a very positive Catalyst for Change – and sheds light on what #SustainableConstruction means in different cities around the world” says Noor Marji, who studied architecture at the German Jordanian University. She won a Next Generation prize in 2017 for a hybrid structure that takes on both architectural and infrastructural traits, while restoring a piece of the Amman’s undulating terrain.

“A great opportunity to elevate your project” – Sharon Johnston
“A great opportunity to elevate your project” – Sharon Johnston

“The LafargeHolcim Awards is a great opportunity to elevate your project – and be part of a global conversation on design excellence and sustainability in architecture” says Sharon Johnston.

Johnston Marklee won an Acknowledgement prize in 2017 for the renovation and extension of the Graduate Art Studios at UCLA in Culver City, California. Sharon Johnston will be a member of the jury for North America in 2020. The LafargeHolcim Awards is the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design.

“A boost for both your career and the project!” – Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea
“A boost for both your career and the project!” – Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea

“Winning a prize not only gives you a boost professionally – it also helps to build momentum with all stakeholders in the project to move towards construction” says Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea. AGi architects won an Acknowledgement prize for Bio-Palimpsest that addresses archaeological sites in Pontevedra, Spain as whole environments far beyond the excavated artifact.

“Pushing ideas further” – Eva Pfannes
“Pushing ideas further” – Eva Pfannes

Entering the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is a great way to push your ideas further” – says Eva Pfannes, Ooze Architects and LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze winner for a sanitation system for informal community in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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.

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