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October 15, 2019 | Event Announcement | Lyon, France

Creating sustainable buildings: Invitation to Zero Carbon Hack

Creating sustainable buildings: Invitation to Zero Carbon HackLafargeHolcim is on a mission to discover the most sustainable use of concrete at the Zero Carbon Hack. The sponsor of the LafargeHolcim Foundation and Awards competition has launched an open invitation to a 48-hour hackathon to collaborate and produce sustainable building solutions. The Zero Carbon Hack will be held in Lyon, France, on November 15 to 17, 2019.

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October 14, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Lüneburg, Germany

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionWhat if building materials became nutrients for biological or technical cycles? Cradle-to-Cradle thinking proposes re-designing building materials so they can be reused or repurposed after they are reclaimed from buildings, creating value and products out of used material. Materials could be biodegradable or endlessly recyclable – resources that are used and reused rather than discarded and then extracted or produced anew.

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October 11, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Paris, France

Awards winners praise competition for positive impact on projects, careers and professional networks

Awards winners praise competition for positive impact on projects, careers and professional networksA panel discussion staged by the LafargeHolcim Foundation in Paris on the theme “Architecture at what Prize?” confirmed how architectural competitions boost careers for both established and emerging architects. The LafargeHolcim Awards competition also makes tangible the commitment of LafargeHolcim to sustainable development and consolidates the Group’s reputation as a credible and innovative leader of the industry. Moderated by Jean-Philippe Hugron (Le Courrier de l’Architecte), the event at Maison de l’architecture Ile de France echoed the findings of a special issue of the international l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui magazine: Entering architectural competitions boost projects, careers, and networking opportunities.

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October 09, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Stuttgart, Germany

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionWhat if waste did not exist? This sounds like a utopian idea in today’s economy, but waste as we know it is a relatively new concept. Waste is tied to the idea of consumption: commodities are purchased, used, and then discarded. A world of consumers has exploded the amount of waste produced; and produced types of waste that would be unfamiliar to previous generations. Understanding that business-as-usual is not the natural order of things helps generate alternatives. Perhaps, even just redefining the words we use to talk about material flows can also help redefine the infrastructures that produce and move materials.

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October 04, 2019 | Keynote Speech | Cairo, Egypt

September 25, 2019 | Publication Announcement | Cairo, Egypt

September 13, 2019 | Strelka “Future Architect” Conference | Moscow, Russia

Young architects inspired by social engagement projects and encouraged to enter the LafargeHolcim Awards competition

Young architects inspired by social engagement projects and encouraged to enter the ...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. The winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 for Middle East Africa explained how their work not only addressed sustainable design from the perspective of building materials – but also created opportunities to empower local communities.

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September 11, 2019 | Research in Practice Grants | Zurich, Switzerland

Research in Practice Grant recipients report on progress to the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Research in Practice Grant recipients report on progress to the Academic Committee of the ...The first LafargeHolcim Research in Practice Grant (RPG) recipients updated members of the Academic Committee (AC) of the LafargeHolcim Foundation on the progress of their research. The RPG update meeting was held at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and followed on from an initial meeting in April 2019 at the 6th Forum in Cairo. The core aim of the RPG program is to mentor and financially-support emerging professionals to conduct leading edge, practice-related research in the field of sustainable construction.

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September 10, 2019 | LH Accelerator | Lyon, France

Seeking groundbreaking solutions for the material and building construction industry

Seeking groundbreaking solutions for the material and building construction industryThe LH Accelerator is a six-month program that selects, hosts and supports innovative companies and startups to bring their groundbreaking solutions for the material and building construction industry to life. Led by sponsor of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, LafargeHolcim together with CCCC and Sika, the program offers a unique access to a high level technical, market and entrepreneurial expertise. The program is entering its second season and is open for applications until September 15, 2019.

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September 09, 2019 | Global Awards Ideas prize handover | Cairo, Egypt

Global Awards Ideas prize presented for Shea butter storage in Ghana

Global Awards Ideas prize presented for Shea butter storage in GhanaThe Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury praised the work of architects Wonjoon Han and Gahee Van of VHAN, and executive director Suki Yook of NGO Make Africa Better, South Korea. They considered the shea butter storage concept for the Nyingali community to be sophisticated and community focused. The prize was presented during the closing session of the 6th LafargeHolcim Forum by Brinda Somaya, Principal Architect and Managing Director, Somaya & Kalappa Consultants, India and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation in April 2019.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional juries announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional juries announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable designIndependent juries will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in five regions of the world. Each jury consists of nine experts in sustainable design and construction. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Latin America announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Latin America announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Loreta Castro Reguera, Design Director and Founder of Taller Capital (Mexico), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Latin America. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Europe announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Europe announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable designA jury of nine experts headed by Jeannette Kuo, Founding Partner of Karamuk Kuo Architects (Switzerland), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Europe. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Asia Pacific announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Asia Pacific announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Nirmal Kishnani, Professor of Architecture, School of Design & Environment, at the National University of Singapore, will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Asia Pacific. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for Middle East Africa announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for Middle East Africa announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Mariam Kamara, Principal and Owner of atelier masōmī (Niger), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of Middle East Africa. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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September 03, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Regional jury for North America announced in world’s most significant competition for sustainable design

Regional jury for North America announced in world’s most significant competition for ...A jury of nine experts headed by Reed Kroloff, Rowe Family Dean, College of Architecture, at the Illinois Institute of Technology (USA), will evaluate entries in the 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards for the region of North America. The Awards seek real projects as well as bold ideas that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The competition offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and is open for entries until February 25, 2020.

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August 31, 2019 | Cultivating minds and strengthening the community | Dandaji, Niger

‘A’A’: Global design competitions

‘A’A’: Global design competitions Building a cultural facility in a village in Niger called for the delicate approach of both Mariam Kamara, founder of Atelier masōmī, and Yasaman Esmaili, founder of studio chahar, laureates of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold Middle East Africa in 2017 and the Global LafargeHolcim Award Silver the year after.

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August 26, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Zurich, Switzerland

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionWhat if building components were decoupled from the single-use paradigm – and were sold and resold and resold again? Enabling greater reuse of building materials is a strategy that is best applied at the very beginning as part of sustainable design. Circular lifecycles increase the potential to reuse building materials by factoring-in the need for components to be recovered, inspected, stored, and resold. Institutions that make this exchange, verification, and re- valuing possible could be exciting new actors in the material supply chain.

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August 23, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Medellín, Colombia

Strengthening an emerging architectural practice

Strengthening an emerging architectural practice Columbian practice Colectivo720 envisioned the transformation of these reservoirs into cultural and leisure facilities. “When we awarded the Medellín project, we valued the way in which an infrastructural area had been transformed into an urban site providing a recreational space for the neighbourhood and fostering a sense of belonging in the community,” explains Fernando Diez, member of the jury of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Latin America and director of the Argentinian architecture journal Summa+. As a result, the proposal was crowned with a regional Gold Award in 2014, a Global Award Gold in 2015 as well as a Building Better Recognition Prize for Latin America in 2017. These recognitions, in addition to showcasing an exemplary project, had many positive consequences for the development of Colectivo720.

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August 21, 2019 | Global LafargeHolcim Awards Finalist Certificate Handover | Esquimalt, BC, Canada

Community-oriented housing to empower the end user

Community-oriented housing to empower the end userIn March 2019, British Colombia became Canada’s first province to approve mass timber buildings up to 12 floors. This evolution paved the way for construction to start using building technology advanced by a Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 finalist project by a team led by Cindy Wilson and Oliver Lang of LWPAC + Intelligent City. They received a certificate from the LafargeHolcim Foundation in recognition of their work.

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