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“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.
“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?”
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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).
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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 – 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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Language: Chinese with Chinese & English Subtitles
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.
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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.
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.
Global Awards finalist Oliver Lang says that entering the LafargeHolcim Awards is an opportunity to “provide answers to living more sustainably”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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.
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.
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“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.
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 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.
Awards Silver: Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 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 2018 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 2018, 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 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.