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September 24, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Mexico City, Mexico

September 19, 2018 | Site Visit | Mexico City, Mexico

Guests of the LafargeHolcim Foundation stunned by dimensions in volumes, quality and sustainability

Guests of the LafargeHolcim Foundation stunned by dimensions in volumes, quality and sustainabilityTo get its guests including more than 50 young professionals and students from 25 countries in mood for the Global LafargeHolcim Awards hand-over in Mexico City, the LafargeHolcim Foundation and colleagues from Holcim Mexico organized a visit to a construction site that seems to break all records. At a cost of USD 14 billion, the new international airport for Mexico City is expected to begin operations by 2020, almost doubling the current capacity to 75 million passengers annually through its main terminal, 96 gates and three concurrent runways.

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September 13, 2018 | Research in Practice Grants | Mexico City, Mexico

Advancing tomorrow’s sustainable construction solutions at workshops in Mexico City

Advancing tomorrow’s sustainable construction solutions at workshops in Mexico CityMore than 50 young architects and engineers participated in the international LafargeHolcim Next Generation Awards Lab hosted by Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) in Mexico City. Representing 25 countries, the young professionals exchanged experiences and ideas on the future of sustainability in building and construction. Introductory lectures by acclaimed Mexican architects Tatiana Bilbao and Michel Rojkind, and IBERO Director of Architecture, Urbanism & Civil Engineering, José Luis Gutiérrez, inspired the participants. Three project teams each received a two-year LafargeHolcim Research in Practice Grant of USD 75,000 based on the evaluation of their project at the Lab.

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September 07, 2018 | Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 | Mexico City, Mexico

World’s most significant competition for sustainable design presents top prizes in Mexico City

World’s most significant competition for sustainable design presents top prizes in Mexico CityThe winning projects of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 from Mexico, Niger and the USA showcase how innovation in design, construction, and materials deliver sustainable infrastructure that excels in social, ecological, and economic performance. The competition’s top prizes were handed-over in Mexico City, where the Gold winning project is under construction and reiterates the importance of water as a resource in urban contexts.

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September 07, 2018 | Site Visit | Mexico City, Mexico

September 06, 2018 | LafargeHolcim Next Generation Awards Lab | Mexico City, Mexico

LafargeHolcim Next Generation Awards Lab in Mexico City

LafargeHolcim Next Generation Awards Lab in Mexico CityMore than 50 young architects and engineers participated in the international LafargeHolcim Next Generation Awards Lab hosted by Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO) in Mexico City. Representing 25 countries, they exchanged experiences and ideas on the future of sustainability in building and construction. The students and professionals were inspired by introductory lectures by internationally renowned Mexican architects Tatiana Bilbao and Michel Rojkind, and IBERO Director of Architecture, Urbanism & Civil Engineering José Luis Gutiérrez Brezmes.

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August 30, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | El Marj, Lebanon

Adaptive reuse for refugee education, El Marj, Lebanon

Adaptive reuse for refugee education, El Marj, LebanonThe energy and raw materials used to create a building are substantial, so finding ways to extend building life or reuse materials are becoming a critical element of the sustainability of design. The architects reused a pavilion from Expo15 in Milan as a school where no permanent structures are permitted. The intervention greatly improves the living conditions in a refugee settlement in Lebanon.

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August 21, 2018 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | Singapore

Global Finalist – BRAC University campus

Global Finalist – BRAC University campusSim Choon Heok and Richard Hassall of WOHA received a Global Finalist 2018 certificate for “Floating University”, on behalf of Mun Summ Wong, main author of the project. The 2017 Awards winning design for BRAC University’s new campus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, remediates a neglected area that has become a heavily polluted sewage dump, and opens it back up to residents of the city. The approach allows both the university and the public to inhabit the site. The low-tech design of the 13-storey university campus for 10,000 students rises above a drainage basin that is to become a healthy, natural lake. The certificate was handed over by Edward Schwarz, General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

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August 21, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Dhaka, Bangladesh

BRAC University campus, Dhaka, Bangladesh

BRAC University campus, Dhaka, BangladeshA large university campus is being created in Dhaka, using a low-tech approach that is bringing new modernity to the region. The site is polluted swampland that’s being transformed into a revitalized lake that will also serve the public as a recreational amenity.

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August 17, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sanitation system in informal communities, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sanitation system in informal communities, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilWater management is a problem but not a top priority in many of Brazil’s major cities. Typically, there are more pressing problems to be solved, and budgets are notoriously limited. For these and other reasons, the authors are using a low-tech approach that can be implemented quickly and easily for their Água Carioca project.

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August 08, 2018 | Project Update | Berlin, Germany

Public and government support the Berlin Flussbad project

Public and government support the Berlin Flussbad projectThanks to strong public support and the establishment of a government committee, an urban swimming pool in the Spree River in central Berlin has taken two steps closer to reality.

“Flussbad Berlin” – the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2012 prize-winning urban plan by Jan and Tim Edler will provide a public urban recreation space adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Museuminsel (Museum Island), for both residents and visitors.

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August 03, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Bandung, Indonesia

Learning center, Bandung, Indonesia

Learning center, Bandung, IndonesiaHow do you get people to make use of books? By bringing the books to them. And by building libraries that attract people like a magnet. With its concept of micro libraries, the architects demonstrate how this is done – in Indonesia or anywhere else in the world.

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July 30, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Thane, India

Home for marginalized children Thane, India

Home for marginalized children Thane, IndiaIn the middle of an informal settlement near Mumbai there is a children’s home. Its residents have to cope with all the typical local problems, including the harsh climate, dilapidated buildings, and cramped space. The architects impressively address these and various other challenges with the clever and playful design of their new building.

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July 19, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Wellesley, MA, USA

July 16, 2018 | Project Celebration | Detroit, USA

Picnic party and dinner to honor Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze winning project 2018

Picnic party and dinner to honor Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze winning project 2018The Seebaldt Project (TSP) – “Grassroots Microgrid” – is truly a community-driven contribution to brighten the future of residents in the “Comeback City” of Detroit: A picnic party including the entire neighborhood was enabled by the LafargeHolcim Foundation to celebrate the Global Awards Bronze 2018, that was later handed over to the winning team of authors at the Waterview Loft, Port Detroit.

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July 11, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | São Paulo, Brazil

Neighborhood center in Paraisópolis, São Paulo, Brazil

Neighborhood center in Paraisópolis, São Paulo, BrazilThe situation in most informal settlements is out of control: The residents urgently need help to improve their living conditions – but complicated legal issues and diverse interests prevent people from realizing beneficial projects. Resolution and endurance is required, as the project PIPA in Paraisópolis shows.

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July 06, 2018 | Book Launch | Zurich, Switzerland

2018 edition of LafargeHolcim Awards – Sustainable Construction

2018 edition of LafargeHolcim Awards – Sustainable ConstructionThe LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has released Fifth LafargeHolcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2017/2018. The 250-page book showcases state-of-the-art approaches to sustainable design that meet societal needs, promote an economy of means and address ecological footprints. Although the projects are diverse in terms of geography, program and scale – they are all the result of true teamwork across generations, genders and ethnicities.

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June 26, 2018 | Project Update | Quito, Ecuador

Architects behind Acknowledgement prize winner create film challenging contemporary architectural paradigms

Architects behind Acknowledgement prize winner create film challenging contemporary ...Al Borde Arquitectos from Ecuador are redefining their paradigm on the architects’ role in society and have created a documentary about the practice of the post-crisis generation of young architecture studios. The LafargeHolcim Awards 2014 jury for Latin America praised the young architects based in Quito for their urban revitalization project that draws on the rural tradition of barter. This form of non-monetary exchange enables the refurbishment of housing in the historical center of the city for residents without sufficient monetary means. The project was considered “a promising economic model to literally mine cities rather than nature” by the jury.

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June 22, 2018 | Sustainable Construction | Zurich, Switzerland

Top managers experience the results of mixing basic construction materials hands-on

Top managers experience the results of mixing basic construction materials hands-onTop managers of LafargeHolcim and Holcim Switzerland were introduced to state-of-the-art research on sustainable construction and materials technology across Switzerland at the NEST Building at Empa Dübendorf (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), the Arch_Tec_Lab for interdisciplinary research at ETH Science City in Zurich, the Smart Living Lab of EPFL in Fribourg as well as the Laboratory of Construction Materials EPFL in Lausanne.

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June 19, 2018 | Project Update | London, United Kingdom

Affordable housing units concept moves into production

Affordable housing units concept moves into productionThe LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 Europe winning zero carbon ZEDpod is a prefabricated home with a difference. The approach decouples housing provision from land prices by installing the units with “air rights” over car parks, offering almost instant high-quality housing solutions without the land and planning issues associated with a conventional new build.

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