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“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.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Convocatoria para proyectos de construcción ejemplares y conceptos de diseño visionaries
LafargeHolcim Awards: Convocatoria para proyectos de construcción ejemplares y conceptos de diseño visionaries

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.

LafargeHolcim Awards: Appel à projets de construction exemplaires et concepts de design innovants
LafargeHolcim Awards: Appel à projets de construction exemplaires et concepts de design innovants

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.

加入全球拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛吧!
加入全球拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛吧!

Language: Chinese with Chinese & English Subtitles

拉法基豪瑞可持续建筑大奖赛是全球最重要的可持续设计大赛。作品征集范围包括建筑设计、工程设计、城市规划、材料工程、建筑科技及相关领域的项目。奖金总计200万美元。大奖赛的主奖项要求参赛作品处于设计后期,并具有较高的可实施性。

Joana Dabaj & Riccardo Luca Conti at Strelka “Future Architect” Conference, Moscow
Joana Dabaj & Riccardo Luca Conti at Strelka “Future Architect” Conference, Moscow

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. 

“An opportunity to share ideas with the community” – Mario Camargo
“An opportunity to share ideas with the community” – Mario Camargo

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

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.

“An open platform that rewards creativity and innovation” – Vedhant Maharaj
“An open platform that rewards creativity and innovation” – Vedhant Maharaj

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.

“Provide answers to living more sustainably” – Oliver Lang
“Provide answers to living more sustainably” – Oliver Lang

Global Awards finalist Oliver Lang says that entering the LafargeHolcim Awards is an opportunity to “provide answers to living more sustainably”.

“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. 

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

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

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.

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

Language: Spanish no Subtitles

“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.

“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 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.

“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 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.

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

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.

“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 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.

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 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.

“Green and healthy cities” – Sustainable design by Stephen Luoni
“Green and healthy cities” – Sustainable design by Stephen Luoni

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.

“Indoor-outdoor efficiency and feel” – Sustainable design by Sharon Johnston
“Indoor-outdoor efficiency and feel” – Sustainable design by Sharon Johnston

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.

“Keeping things flexible” – Sustainable design by Mark Lee
“Keeping things flexible” – Sustainable design by Mark Lee

The UCLA Warner Graduate Art Studio renovation and addition is sustainable thanks to waste-minimizing construction processes and keeping things flexible says architect Mark Lee of Johnston Marklee, USA. The addition to and adaptive reuse of a former wallpaper factory in Culver City, California won an Awards Acknowledgement prize that adapts the site for a flexible future.

“Logical, rational, and humane” – Sustainable design by Peteris Lazovskis
“Logical, rational, and humane” – Sustainable design by Peteris Lazovskis

By addressing the enormous level of information we have into his climate control experiments for enhanced comfort levels, Peteris Lazovskis from Harvard University pursues what’s logical, rational and humane. His climate control exploration for increased comfort levels in buildings, as alternative to contemporary HVAC systems, and for generation of space and form in architecture won a Next Generation 4th prize.

“So much to gain through scale” – Sustainable design by Gloria Lee
“So much to gain through scale” – Sustainable design by Gloria Lee

Gloria Lee sees the most exciting element of her zero net energy school building project as the possibilities for leverage offered through replication. The design by architects Swift Lee Office won a LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition, and is now a contender to design and manufacture the prototype classroom buildings for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

“Starting with the environmental footprint of the food we consume” – Sustainable design by Mitchell Joachim
“Starting with the environmental footprint of the food we consume” – Sustainable design by Mitchell Joachim

A modular edible insect farm that massively reduces the carbon and water footprints of protein for human consumption is a crucial element of sustainable living says Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE, USA. The Awards Acknowledgement prize-winning pavilion demonstrates the possibility of local insect farming as a form of protein with low-resource intensity.

“The shape of things to come” – Gilles Delalex
“The shape of things to come” – Gilles Delalex

The LafargeHolcim Awards are unusual because they recognise projects at the concept stage, before the project is built says Gilles Delalex of Muoto in France. The prize and endorsement of the project’s sustainability credentials helped to move the Awards Silver 2014 winning low-cost flexible university building towards realisation and has been confirmed by additional prizes following completion.

“A really good client with really good objectives” – Sustainable design by Adèle Naudé Santos
“A really good client with really good objectives” – Sustainable design by Adèle Naudé Santos

An affordable housing neighborhood in Cartagena, Colombia set the course for excellence in sustainable design by establishing clear and detailed objectives says Adèle Naudé Santos from the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism. To create a more liveable community, the comprehensive research to create the Awards Acknowledgement winning project included detailed studies of microclimate and metrics to optimise the design, together with the use of lightweight and cost effective materials.

“Biodiversity is at the centre of the project” – Sustainable design by Paula Montoya
“Biodiversity is at the centre of the project” – Sustainable design by Paula Montoya

A city building strategy for Curridabat in Costa Rica places biodiversity at the centre of the project says Irene García Brenes of the Municipality Curridabat. The ecological and social reimagining of the city in the Awards Acknowledgement winner strive for a better urban space under the five pillars of sustainable design – for flora, fauna, and humans.

“Combining disciplines to re-think infrastructure” – Sustainable design by Stefano Romagnoli
“Combining disciplines to re-think infrastructure” – Sustainable design by Stefano Romagnoli

By blending elements of sociology, biology, ecology, civil engineering and architecture, it’s possible to re-think how we create infrastructure says Stefano Romagnoli from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. A Next Generation prize was presented to this infrastructure-landscape project for the generation of electric power based on tidal flow in the Río Gallegos estuary.

“Enabling communities to strengthen themselves” – Sustainable design by Paula Montoya
“Enabling communities to strengthen themselves” – Sustainable design by Paula Montoya

The focus of sustainable design for a relocatable modular surgical hospital in Nicaragua covers architectural, environmental and social facets says architect Paula Montoya of any scale architecture, Spain. The prefabricated construction using shipping containers is flexible, relocatable and can be easily copied; the structure uses natural resources sparingly; and, by engaging the community it invests in building capacity for enlarging or maintaining the hospital in the future of this Awards Acknowledgement prize winner.

“Improving the future” – Sustainable design by Boris Lefevre
“Improving the future” – Sustainable design by Boris Lefevre

Boris Lefevre’s public baths and sewage treatment plant are all about improving the future. The project for hybrid infrastructure and social intervention combining a sewage treatment plant with a public bath in a formerly contaminated lake was a Next Generation prize winner with a strong focus on a better tomorrow.

“Intelligently creative and respectful of nature” – Sustainable design by Anna Andronova
“Intelligently creative and respectful of nature” – Sustainable design by Anna Andronova

Spatial concepts for the city of the future demand planning for adaptability and deploying artificial intelligence says Anna Andronova. Her exploration of new architectural vocabularies for a future city in an era marked as much by the physicality of things as by the liquidity of the digital realm, won a Next Generation 3rd prize.

“Making infrastructure accessible” – Sustainable design by Iojann Restrepo García
“Making infrastructure accessible” – Sustainable design by Iojann Restrepo García

The multipurpose telecommunication towers provide an answer to a global problem of access to communication says Iojann Restrepo García of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. A project proposing a network of mobile telephone telecommunication antennas serving multiple functions for the benefit of city neighborhoods was a Next Generation prize-winner.

“Thinking about the life of buildings” – Sustainable design by Jakub Grabowski
“Thinking about the life of buildings” – Sustainable design by Jakub Grabowski

Finding a new purpose for the ruins of a monastery in Otyn, Poland is central to his understanding of sustainable design says Jakub Grabowski. The Next Generation 2nd prize-winning project is a conversion to a rehabilitation center that illustrates environmentally conscious design of tectonic quality and social value.

“Transforming from the beginning” – Sustainable design by Malgorzata Mader
“Transforming from the beginning” – Sustainable design by Malgorzata Mader

By focussing from the beginning on transformation, a factory conversion delivers sustainable and affordable urban housing says Malgorzata Mader from Lodz University of Technology in Poland. Her project won a Next Generation 1st prize and creates housing units within building fabric of a dormant factory.

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