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Anne Lacaton Audio Interview
Anne Lacaton Audio Interview

Listen to the 4-minute interview with Anne Lacaton: “Architecture with empathy means placing people – not just technology – at the centre of a project.”

New European Bauhaus Conference – 22/23 April 2021
New European Bauhaus Conference – 22/23 April 2021

Join the panel discussion – 22 April @ 15:00 CET – where global experts will share ideas that support the ambition to make Europe climate neutral by 2050. What’s the role of the built environment? Panellists include Maria Atkinson, Chairperson of the  LafargeHolcim Foundation together with Shigeru Ban, Alexandra Mitsotaki, Filipe Boni & Mariya Gabriel, moderated by Francesca Bria and Bjarke Ingels. Free registration at: https://bit.ly/3goPuRL

World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water
World Water Day 2021 – Valuing Water

What does water mean in the context of a sustainable built environment? On #WorldWaterDay we celebrate #LafargeHolcimAwards winning projects where #Architecture and #SustainableDesign showcase, restore and conserve precious water resources in communities from around the world. Featured in the video are:

  • Hydropuncture in Mexico: Publicly accessible water retention and treatment complex by Manuel Perló, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) & Loreta Castro Reguera, Taller Capital, Mexico.
  • Living with Lakes Center in Canada: Freshwater restoration and research LEED Platinum certified building by John Gunn, Laurentian University, Canada.
  • Urban regrowth in Spain: The mysterious story of the garden that makes water by Monica García Fernández, Spain.
A sneak peek at the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 finalist’s exhibition
A sneak peek at the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 finalist’s exhibition

Take a look at the Global LafargeHolcim Awards competition exhibition of finalist projects with Marilyne Andersen, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies at the EFFL. As Head of the Foundation’s Academic Committee, she has been a member of all five regional juries in the current Awards cycle – and is now part of the global Awards jury headed by Hashim Sarkis from MIT.

All global and regional LafargeHolcim Awards prizes for 2020/21 will be announced, and the prizemoney will be distributed before the end of this year in the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design.

Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation
Maria Atkinson AM to chair Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

We asked Maria Atkinson AM, the newly appointed Chairperson of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation about her role and the most important aspects of sustainable construction today as the building sector moves towards net zero emissions and circular material flows. She is also a member of the global LafargeHolcim Awards jury that is currently selecting the top winners in the competition.

Thank-you, to all participants in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition
Thank-you, to all participants in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition

The global jury of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 winners are currently evaluating finalists. Edward Schwarz from the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, thanks all participants – and confirms that all global and regional LafargeHolcim Awards prizes will be announced, and the prizemoney will be distributed before the end of this year.

The Foundation and its Awards competition is all about promoting and rewarding innovation in #SustainableConstruction – and we will keep this spirit alive in 2021!

Measure performance
Measure performance

It’s important to consider the environmental, social and economic impact of any building. Material performance and resource efficiency must be taken into consideration to determine the optimum blend for efficient building construction, use and recycling.

Mine the city
Mine the city

Reclaiming materials is economically and environmentally sensible. Resource extraction from decommissioned structures in cities can provide large quantities of mineral resources and metals. Urban mining reduces the rate of raw material extraction and the volume of landfill.

Produce leaner
Produce leaner

To reduce the amount of raw material extracted from the earth each year, we need to move from a wasteful take-make-throw model to a circular take-make-repeat economy. Increasing material efficiency, using byproducts and reusing resources can transform the materials supply chain.

Re-configure parts
Re-configure parts

Materials with only one function have short lifecycles and are discarded as waste after use. This is dangerous in a world with finite resources. A circular cradle-to-cradle approach redesigns building materials so they can be reused in loops that recover, reimagine and reconfigure indefinitely.

Think local
Think local

Using local materials and know-how has social and economic benefits. Local materials can reduce emissions from production and transportation, and capitalize on local resources, know-how and labor. Investing in local production makes a long-term positive change to material flows.

Transform buildings
Transform buildings

Most buildings have value in the future beyond their originally planned use. Designing structures for adaptation and cleverly converting buildings rather than replacing them entirely can extend building lifespans and preserve historic fabric, as well as make projects more interesting and sustainable.

Happy New Year 2021!
Happy New Year 2021!

The LafargeHolcim Foundation for SustainableConstruction looks forward to doing its part in 2021 to promote Carbon Neutral Construction that reduces CO2 in materials and processes; Circular Construction that recycles materials such as building and demolition waste; and Design Innovation & Digital Design to build more with less.

The LafargeHolcim Foundation has been promoting Sustinable Design since it was established in 2003 and wishes you, your family and friends all the best for a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.

Aligning the built environment with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C scenario at Climate Week NYC
Aligning the built environment with the Paris Agreement 1.5°C scenario at Climate Week NYC

The building sector represents a large share of worldwide carbon emissions (c. 40%) and thus reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment will be essential to reach the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. This will require a deep transformation of how we envision, plan, design, build and manage our built environment.

“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. 

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