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Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE & Associate Professor of Practice, New York University (NYU), USA. (Photo: Terreform ONE).
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Philipp Leutiger, Chief Digital Officer of LafargeHolcim and leads LH MAQER global innovation platform.
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Roundtable participants (by row from top, l-r): Edelio Bermejo, (LafargeHolcim Innovation Center – LHIC), Luisa Pastore, (LafargeHolcim Foundation), Marilyne Andersen (EPFL Lausanne), Francis Steiner, (LafargeHolcim), Magali Anderson (LafargeHolcim), Christophe Levy, (LHIC), Mohsen Ech, (LHIC), Philippe Block, (ETH Zurich), Guillaume Habert, (ETH Zurich), Priyanka Pande, (ACC Limited), Sandra Boivin, (LHIC), Dirk Hebel, (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie), Philipp Leutiger, (LafargeHolcim), Michael Scharpf, (LafargeHolcim), Simon Wiedemann, (LafargeHolcim), Mouloud Behloul (Lafarge France), and Hélène Lombois (LHIC).
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The team of the LafargeHolcim Foundation office (l-r): Mona Delluc, Kevin Jones, Vania Burri, Sibylle Bielefeldt, Kathrin Haake and Edward Schwarz.
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The Global Flora project is a singular synergistic ecology where architecture and nature work together through strategies of carbon reduction, the use of renewable resources, and an interactive climate management system. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The light, low carbon footprint of the greenhouse offers a transferable new model for contemporary sustainable construction. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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One species in particular, the iconic Durant Camellia tree, over 140 years old, continues to occupy a central location in the facility, housed in a seasonal pavilion designed specifically for it that is connected with the new facility. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Global Flora reimagines the “stand alone” conservatory as an integrated set of wet and dry biomes that are heated and cooled using only renewable resources. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The site’s steep slope allows the building to engage with the topography resulting in a greenhouse that varies in height based on its position on site. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The Global Flora’s siting on Science Hill provides an opportunity to maximize its south-facing roof and thus the sun’s exposure and required UV spectrum for optimal plant growth. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Use of local wood from campus trees and regional rock forms used in the interior landscape minimize embodied energy in construction and reduces carbon emissions. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Global Flora exceeds the net-zero water requirements of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) and is engineered for net-zero energy when Wellesley converts to campus solar and geothermal systems. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The curved form of Global Flora follows the east-west arc of the sun to maximize passive heat gain for the plants and demonstrates how design aesthetics integrated with net-zero building performance can improve the overall sustainability of a building’s larger context. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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Within wet and dry biomes, Global Flora is 100% passively cooled through natural ventilation and fans and passively heated by thermal energy from the sun and geothermal-ready radiant heating elements. Photo: courtesy KVA.
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The latest meeting of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation – a virtual first – explored further ideas to accelerate the role of the Foundation in creating a more sustainable built environment (l-r):, Roland Köhler, Marilyne Andersen, Magali Anderson, Alejandro Aravena, Kate Ascher, Maria Atkinson, Meisa Batayneh Maani, Harry Gugger, Jan Jenisch, Stuart Smith, and Brinda Somaya.
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The project opened in 2015 and foregrounds the value of water as an important resource of urban life.
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Opening out to public spaces, a museum and library will eventually frame the park, elevating its presence in the community with fittingly democratic institutions.
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The zabbaleen collect and sort the refuse and then process the materials with machines purchased with a loan from Oxfam. Here, plastic waste gets crushed into pellets that are later sold to manufacturers.
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The zabbaleen recycle 80 percent of the collected refuse.
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Here, plastic waste is sorted by color and then washed before being further processed.
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La Punt-Chamues-ch, a rural community in the Swiss Alps, wants to attract young people from the tech industry. Photo: Rolf Canal.
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A multifunctional ceiling made from two and a half million petals. One in five has an LED light source and each works acoustically. It also heats or cools the building according to the weather conditions. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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With this approach, the temperature in the center of Masdar can be reduced to 33˚C. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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It was completed twenty years ago and won’t require any maintenance for the next hundred years. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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Design inspirations: traditional windows recessed in deep walls and painted white to pull in more light through the small openings, and paintings by Swiss artist Matthias Becher that combine the local architecture and the mountains. Photo: Foster + Partners.
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Design inspirations: traditional windows recessed in deep walls and painted white to pull in more light through the small openings, and paintings by Swiss artist Matthias Becher that combine the local architecture and the mountains. Photo: Foster + Partners.
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The ten-megawatt solar field powering Masdar produces about twice as much energy as the new city consumes. Photo: Oliver Jackson.
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La Punt-Chamues-ch, a rural community in the Swiss Alps, wants to attract young people from the tech industry. Photo: Rolf Canal.
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The idea of Apple Park was not only to build headquarters but also to re-create a landscape. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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A multifunctional ceiling made from two and a half million petals. One in five has an LED light source and each works acoustically. It also heats or cools the building according to the weather conditions. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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The building’s facades are made from bronze and stone. Fifty percent of them also filter the incoming air. Photo: Aaron Hargreaves / Foster + Partners.
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The perforated screens of the facades provide sun protection, while their shape and ornamentation refer to the local context. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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When inside the circle, the building almost evaporates into the background. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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Design inspirations: traditional windows recessed in deep walls and painted white to pull in more light through the small openings, and paintings by Swiss artist Matthias Becher that combine the local architecture and the mountains. Photo: Foster + Partners.
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A large indoor space is the equivalent of a village square within the building.
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The building adapts to the historical context by using local stone. Photo: Aaron Hargreaves / Foster + Partners.
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The facade of this residential building in Switzerland is made from local larch shingles. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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Mountain-like volumes made from local material create a protective perimeter.
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The materials of the building were determined by the historical city context. To be a good neighbor to the seventeenth-century Christopher Wren church and the Magistrates’ Court, local stone was chosen for the material. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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Like in old cities in a desert climate, Masdar has small shady streets and courtyards with vegetation to create a cooler microclimate. Photo: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners.
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Marilyne Andersen, Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) at the EPFL in Lausanne; Head of the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation; and was a member of all regional LafargeHolcim Awards juries in 2020.
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Luisa Pastore, Coordinator of the Academic Committee, LafargeHolcim Foundation.
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Edward Schwarz, General Manager, LafargeHolcim Foundation.
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Philippe Block, Professor of Architecture & Structure, Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich; Member of the Academic Committee, LafargeHolcim Foundation; Member of the the Board, LafargeHolcim Ltd; and member of the Awards jury for region Asia Pacific in 2020.
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100 hours online to evaluate 2,000 entries: Members of the five regional jury sessions had to be conducted virtually for the first time.
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Touring the LafargeHolcim Eclépens cement plant (l-r): Awards jury members Philippe Block and Marilyne Andersen with plant manager François Girod pictured before changing into PPE and entering the manufacturing plant which sets international benchmarks for sustainability.
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Discussing cement microscopy and manufacturing technology (l-r): Awards jury members Marilyne Andersen and Philippe Block with plant manager François Girod.
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