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“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. 

Leading thinkers from architecture, engineering, planning, and the construction industry met to accelerate their contributions to creating a more sustainable built environment. The LafargeHolcim Forum with delegates from 55 countries was hosted by The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

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

Water is in shortage and overabundance in Mexico City. This short video in Spanish 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

“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 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 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.

“A cultural connection and new dimension on sustainability” – Alejandro Aravena
“A cultural connection and new dimension on sustainability” – Alejandro Aravena

Awards Silver: Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury, Alejandro Aravena, complimented the many dimensions and layers of the Awards Silver winner from Niger, which moved it from a single work to holding universal qualities. The project achieves a remarkable level of quality, and strategically leverages traditional knowledge and local materials.

“A compelling and appealing solution” – Alejandro Aravena
“A compelling and appealing solution” – Alejandro Aravena

Awards Gold: Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury, Alejandro Aravena, notes how the Gold Award winning Project from Mexico addresses the critical and relevant matter of water. The scalable program could transfer from the single case to become a systemic response – and integrates more than one dimension that enhances life quality and public space beyond technical responses alone.

“Integrando más de una dimensión” – Alejandro Aravena
“Integrando más de una dimensión” – Alejandro Aravena

Premio de Oro: El líder del jurado de los Global LafargeHolcim Awards, Alejandro Aravena destaca que el proyecto ganador del premio de Oro, proveniente de México, acertó en identificar un tema relevante y desarrollar una respuesta expandible que integra varias dimensiones para lograr soluciones, y no sólo abordar los problemas.

Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2018
Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2018

Nine members of jury, an observer and a minutes taker spent a full day studying, evaluating and ranking 55 projects that had qualified to be honored with a Global LafargeHolcim Award or a Global LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize. Have a glimpse at the process in the heritage exhibition room of Sihlcity in Zurich.

“Un gran éxito para Latinoamérica” – Alejandro Aravena
“Un gran éxito para Latinoamérica” – Alejandro Aravena

Premio Ideas para "Territorial Figure" en Argentina: El líder del jurado de los Global LafargeHolcim Awards, Alejandro Aravena destaca que la idea de los estudiantes de Córdoba es clara, relevante y original; y se manifiesta entusiasmado de que tanto el Award de Oro como uno de los premios Ideas para la categoría Next Generation hayan sido otorgados a proyectos presentados en Latinoamérica.

“An idea worthy of further exploration” – Stuart Smith
“An idea worthy of further exploration” – Stuart Smith

Ideas prize for “Cooling Roof” in the USA: Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury member, Stuart Smith, believes the LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize winner from the USA is a concept worthy of further exploration. The project examines the use of evaporative cooling using a water layer on a roof to provide cooling within a logistics facility in California – but could be applied in any structure with a large roof area.

“Powerful idea for empowerment” – Diébédo Francis Kéré
“Powerful idea for empowerment” – Diébédo Francis Kéré

Ideas prize for "Refrigerating Jar" in Ghana: Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury member, Diébédo Francis Kéré, viewed the LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize winner from Ghana as a clever concept for building the value of a main economic resource in West Africa. By storing the nuts and processing them incrementally, the community is empowered – by selling the processed shea butter for skin moisturizing when it commands a higher price in the market cycle.

« Deux jeunes professionnels courageux » – Diébédo Francis Kéré
« Deux jeunes professionnels courageux » – Diébédo Francis Kéré

Prix d’argent: Diébédo Francis Kéré, juré aux Global LafargeHolcim Awards, félicite les lauréats pour leur courage à imaginer des projets qui créent de nouveaux espaces publics plutôt que des espaces vides et à utiliser le savoir-faire et les matériaux disponibles sur place pour la construction.

“Ingenious detail to achieve large-scale effect” – Marc Angélil
“Ingenious detail to achieve large-scale effect” – Marc Angélil

Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury member, Marc Angélil, considers the micro-level detail of the LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize winner from the USA to be ingenious and embodies the new Ideas prize category. By developing a new system for cooling a “big box” logistics structure, the project has the potential for huge energy savings from cooling loads that is applicable on a widely-used building type form.

“A holistic approach for long-term adaptability” – Sustainable design by Nada Nafeh
“A holistic approach for long-term adaptability” – Sustainable design by Nada Nafeh

The design processes for informal settlements in Cairo is sustainable because it takes a long-term and holistic perspective says Nada Nafeh of The American University in Cairo. Her project to improve the conditions of poverty-stricken and fast-growing informal neighborhoods won a Next Generation 3rd prize.

“Architecture that is not a building but a system” – Sustainable design by Heidi van Eeden
“Architecture that is not a building but a system” – Sustainable design by Heidi van Eeden

A brick kiln and incremental development project for Soshanguve in South Africa results in something much more than just a building says Heidi van Eeden of the University of Pretoria. Her Next Generation 1st prize-winning project is both technically sustainable and delivers a social contribution to community-making.

“Cultural continuity and recycling” – Sustainable design by Jad Melki, Nour Madi and Ghaith Abi Ghanem
“Cultural continuity and recycling” – Sustainable design by Jad Melki, Nour Madi and Ghaith Abi Ghanem

Combining the rebuilding of the constructed habitat with the rebuilding of devastated communities, the Rubble recycling units in Aleppo, Syria enable both continuity and materials recycling say (l-r) Jad Melki, Nour Madi and Ghaith Abi Ghanem. Their project won a Next Generation 2nd prize and intends is to recycle concrete rubble while reconstructing the Aleppo’s social and urban fabric.

“Embedding stakeholders into the process from the start” – Sustainable design by Andi Subagio, Danna Rasyad Priyatna and Theodorus Alryano Deotama
“Embedding stakeholders into the process from the start” – Sustainable design by Andi Subagio, Danna Rasyad Priyatna and Theodorus Alryano Deotama

A vocational training facility in Ruteng, Indonesia places extra effort on sustainability by involving users and stakeholders into the process say (l-r) Andi Subagio, Danna Rasyad Priyatna and Theodorus Alryano Deotama. Their school that is also a hub for multiple communal activities and vocational training on the island of Flores won a Next Generation 3rd prize.

“Focussing on the true identity of the city” – Sustainable design by Noor Marji
“Focussing on the true identity of the city” – Sustainable design by Noor Marji

A project for an urban stair and library in Amman, Jordan connects people and leverages the entire community says Noor Marji of the German Jordanian University. The Next Generation 4th prize-winner makes a positive impact by focusing simultaneously on being a building, an urban infrastructure, and patch of landscape.

“Intersecting the optimal” – Sustainable design by Steven Holl
“Intersecting the optimal” – Sustainable design by Steven Holl

The design by Steven Holl of Steven Holl Architects, USA starts by maximising the natural light to the interior and solar energy to the exterior for the Miracle for Africa Foundation central library in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Awards Acknowledgement prize winner features gently curving roof elements and screen enclosures for a library that transcends sustainable construction into one integrated design.

“Local materials and innovation through research” – Sustainable design by Tzu-Jung Huang
“Local materials and innovation through research” – Sustainable design by Tzu-Jung Huang

An exploration of resilient ecosystems is based on detailed research and use of local materials including pineapple leaf fibre and kaolin soils says Tzu-Jung Huang of Feng Chia University in Taiwan. The Next Generation 4th prize explores material stocks and flows at multiple scales as an alternative to predominant modes of city development.

“Local needs and local knowledge” – Sustainable design by Make Africa Better
“Local needs and local knowledge” – Sustainable design by Make Africa Better

A shea butter storage facility for the Nyingali community in Ghana addresses local needs and transfers knowledge to ensure it is sustainable says NGO Make Africa Better from South Korea. Wonjoon Han, Sookhee Yuk and Gahee Van won an Awards Acknowledgement for their striking storage unit towers designed for passive cooling and alluding to traditional local architecture.

“Long-range planning” – Sustainable design by Mengyuan Zhu
“Long-range planning” – Sustainable design by Mengyuan Zhu

A participatory village transformation in Guming near Nanning is sustainable because of long-range planning that is focussed on restoring and contributing to the community says Mengyuan Zhu of Southeast University, China. The Next Generation 1st prize winner proposes a 20-year-long low-rise, high-density urban transformation of a rural village.

“Merging sustainable infrastructure with sociological patterns of ritual” – Sustainable design by Vedhant Maharaj
“Merging sustainable infrastructure with sociological patterns of ritual” – Sustainable design by Vedhant Maharaj

A complex water purifying infrastructure in the historically significant landscape of Varanasi aspires to be part of a network that would achieve success at the local and national levels says Vedhant Maharaj of Rebel Base Collective, South Africa. His Next Generation 2nd prize winner is a poetic interpretation of a water purification facility providing public space on the banks of the Ganges River.

“Resonating with the surroundings” – Sustainable design by Raul Pantaleo and Massimo Lepore
“Resonating with the surroundings” – Sustainable design by Raul Pantaleo and Massimo Lepore

A film training center in Kampala, Uganda enhances sustainability by using local materials and local artisans, as well as paying close attention to context say Raul Pantaleo and Massimo Lepore. TAMassociati of Italy won an Awards Acknowledgement for a cinematic series of spaces wrapped in brick to empower a new generation of filmmakers.

“Innovation and community” – Sustainable design by Andrew Amara
“Innovation and community” – Sustainable design by Andrew Amara

The Odek Center for Nodding Disease in Uganda uses technical innovations and community involvement in design and materials says Andrew Amara of Studio Flame. The structure uses local timber, bricks and stone, as well as technical innovations in solar power, natural ventilation and low carbon footprint, and was an Awards Acknowledgement winner aimed at community-building after decades of conflict.

“Beyond metrics and numbers” – Sustainable design by Sarah Gunawan
“Beyond metrics and numbers” – Sustainable design by Sarah Gunawan

A conscious approach to considering the ecosystem – the animals, vegetation and microclimate – is key to the sustainable design of retrofitting residential neighborhoods in Markham, Canada says Sarah Gunawan from the University at Buffalo School of Architecture & Planning, USA. The invention of so-called “ecological prosthetics” as habitats for birds, bats, and raccoons in suburban neighborhoods across Ontario won a Next Generation 3rd prize.

“Connecting the territorial and the historical scales” – Sustainable design by Frédéric Bouvier
“Connecting the territorial and the historical scales” – Sustainable design by Frédéric Bouvier

A fire cistern and forest shelter near Collobrières in France Spatial connects the territorial scale (mountains, forests, fire breaks, and cistern) with the past, present and future of the historical scale says Frédéric Bouvier. His water tank to combat wildfires designed as a handsome artifact in the landscape won a Next Generation 4th prize.

“Creating a local market for a local resource” – Sustainable design by Thomas F. Robinson
“Creating a local market for a local resource” – Sustainable design by Thomas F. Robinson

The first timber high-rise in the USA is sustainable because it opens up a local market for the local resource of timber says architect Thomas F. Robinson of LEVER Architecture. The Awards Acknowledgement prize winning project proposes an all-timber high-rise load-bearing structure in Portland, Oregon that sequesters carbon in timber, and contributes to a sustainable local economy.

“Empowering the citizens of the city” – Sustainable design by Jason Heinrich
“Empowering the citizens of the city” – Sustainable design by Jason Heinrich

By incentivising people to make sustainable choices in their communities, a protocol for agent-based neighborhood transformation research will lead to more sustainable cities says Jason Heinrich of the University of British Columbia in Canada. His proposal for Vancouver that foregrounds stakeholder participation and its effects on architectural form won a Next Generation 2nd prize.

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