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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An urban watershed framework plan for the city of Conway in Arkansas reconciles urban growth with watershed stewardship says Stephen Luoni from the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. The Awards Acknowledgment winner is a planning toolkit for a watershed in Conway that constructs new zones of green connectivity for flood management and water filtration.
The use of passive cooling and daylighting provides students at UCLA Warner Graduate Art Studio with beautiful spaces to work in that don’t require air conditioning says architect Sharon Johnston of Johnston Marklee, USA. The Awards Acknowledgement prize-winning project renovates and extends a former wallpaper factory in Culver City, California.