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NEST HiLo roof: Finalized concrete shell sprayed on the cable net and fabric formwork © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich / Photo by Stefan Liniger.
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NEST HiLo roof: Installation of the fabric formwork © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich / Photo by Juney Lee.
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NEST HiLo roof: Construction of the cable net © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich / Photo by Juney Lee.
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Philippe Block, Professor of Architecture & Structure, Institute for Technology in Architecture, D-ARCH, ETH Zurich; Member of the Academic Committee, LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction (2014–); and Member of the Board of Directors, LafargeHolcim Ltd, Switzerland. © Block Research Group, ETH Zurich / Photo by Juney Lee.
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Lessons on building leaner from the past: by analysing the structural geometry of Gothic cathedrals such as King’s College Chapel (fan vault constructed 1512-15), the Block Research Group is finding answers on how similar designs could be applied using low-strain, locally sourced materials. Photo © oversnap, iStock.
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Jeannette Kuo explains how the corridors serve as giant passive ventilation channels and their visual transparency promotes interaction and sharing between teams.
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Natural and artificial lighting create an ideal atmosphere from labs and lounges to the library, exhibition space and archives.
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The robust industrial character, celebrating storage as display, gives the institution a clear identity – and at the same time meeting the low-cost construction requirements to ensure economic viability of the project.
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Ready to extend: The second phase of the building will be completed by the end of 2022. The corridors are provisionally closed off but will finally extend more than 100 meters spanning the entire complex.
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Ready to extend: The second phase of the building will be completed by the end of 2022. The corridors are provisionally closed off but will finally extend more than 100 meters spanning the entire complex.
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Maria Atkinson AM, Chairperson of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction
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The New European Bauhaus will help to deliver the European Green Deal – a set of policies set out by the European Commission to make Europe climate neutral by 2050.
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“The New European Bauhaus is a project of hope to explore how we live better together after the pandemic. It is about matching sustainability with style, to bring the European Green Deal closer to people’s minds and homes.” – Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President. CC-BY-4.0: © European Union 2019 – Source: EP
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ConstructingSustainability
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Carbon-fiber reinforcement cage for a concrete beam fabricated using robotics.
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Structural optimization of concrete slabs creates new geometries that require new fabrication technologies.
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The increasing importance of embodied energy compared to operational energy consumption (approximate data for the UK built environment).
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LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction – Office Team (l-r): Kevin Jones, Kathrin Haake, Mona Delluc, Sibylle Bielefeldt, Luisa Pastore, Vania Burri and Edward Schwarz.
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Members of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation (l-r): Marilyne Andersen, Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, EPFL; Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability & Innovation Officer (CSIO), LafargeHolcim and Harry Gugger, Professor Emeritus of Architectural & Urban Design, EPFL at the exhibition of Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 finalist projects.
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Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability & Innovation Officer (CSIO), LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation at the exhibition of Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2021 finalist projects.
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Image from the LafargeHolcim Foundation’s “University building in France: Nantes School of Architecture”.
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The Pritzker Architecture Prize 2021 laureates (l-r): Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, photo courtesy of Laurent Chalet.
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AC Coordinator, Luisa Pastore, led a team who examined responses by each project team to the Environmental Impact / Circularity & Lifecycle performance of their project. The pre-assessment process classified each project from “problematic” to “outstanding”.
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“It is remarkable to see the progress of many submissions since the regional phase of the competition – and their groundbreaking approaches to creating a more sustainable built environment” – Marilyne Andersen, Head of the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation and member of all Award juries 2020/21.
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The exhibition of 165 posters by 33 finalist project teams from 25 countries can only be visited by appointment and was brought to the members of the global Awards jury on a video tour.
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The exhibition of 165 posters by 33 finalist project teams from 25 countries can only be visited by appointment and was brought to the members of the global Awards jury on a video tour.
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The exhibition of 165 posters by 33 finalist project teams from 25 countries can only be visited by appointment and was brought to the members of the global Awards jury on a video tour.
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Horia Adrian is President and CEO of Holcim Philippines and was a member of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for region Europe in 2014.
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“Sound Wall” made of 3-D-printed rubber by Rael-San Fratello Architects.
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Wood structure and straw insulation: Even though we’ve been building with trees and plants for 10,000 years, we’ve only just begun to explore the possibilities of plant-based architecture.
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Straw “Stramit” panels.
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Unsegregated C&D waste in India.
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Brick production technologies are followed across Africa.
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Building entirely made out of LC3 in India.
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High-quality building material produced from processed C&D waste.
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China clay waste is used as a raw material in LC3.
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The EcoKiln technology has been adopted in Malawi, Africa.
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The urban development carbon challenge.
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Participating in the “New Venacular” mobile workshop at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2019 on “Re-materializing Construction” in Cairo, Egypt (l-r): Alexander Wolhoff, Rendezvous Horizon & Maria Atkinson AM, Member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.
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Presentation of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 Gold for Asia Pacific (l-r): Ajay Kapur & Neeraj Akhoury, Ambuja Cement India; winners Avneesh Tiwari & Neha Rane, atArchitecture; and Maria Atkinson AM.
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“How can we move fast enough, and at a scale the planet needs to see?” – Lord Norman Foster (right) responds to questions from Maria Atkinson AM following his keynote address at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2019 on “Re-materializing Construction”.
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“Sustainable construction is evolving! There’s a strong push to move beyond shining beacons of sustainability to see quantitative change at scale.” – Maria Atkinson AM, Chairperson of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.
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Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury (top row, l-r): Marilyne Andersen, Angelo Bucci, Meisa Batayneh Maani, Bruce Gibbons and Maria Atkinson AM (bottom row, l-r): Anne Lacaton, Hashim Sarkis, Brinda Somaya and Mun Summ Wong.
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Global Jury Doorpage
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Mine the city
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Transform buildings
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The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has produced six short videos that each focus on an important aspect of circular materials flows.
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Think local
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Re-configure parts
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Measure performance
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“Use materials how they want to be used”

Philippe Block pushes boundaries. He calls into question the very postulates underlying design and what is currently considered feasible and desirable in construction. He urges all actors in the industry to “produce leaner” and move from a…

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