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February 21, 2018 | Conference report | Katowice, Poland

Awards winning projects build inspiration at largest event for property, architecture and design in Central Europe

Awards winning projects build inspiration at largest event for property, architecture and ...More than 25,000 visitors attended “4 Design Days” – the largest event for the property, architecture, interiors and design market in Central Europe. 300 speakers were invited to Katowice, Poland to examine topics relevant to global trends in architecture and design, including Edward Schwarz, General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction who was also part of the opening panel.

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January 31, 2018 | LafargeHolcim Awards reception | San Salvador, El Salvador

Holcim El Salvador hosts event honoring LafargeHolcim Awards participants

Holcim El Salvador hosts event honoring LafargeHolcim Awards participantsAn event to honor El Salvador’s entrants in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition and their projects in sustainable construction was hosted by Holcim El Salvador. The event featured an exhibition of the 63 submissions from the country, and was complemented with lectures on sustainable construction. In addition, the El Salvador Green Building Council presented selected projects that promote the transformation of the construction market across the “triple bottom line” to achieve better social balance, ecological preservation, and superior economic performance.

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January 29, 2018 | LafargeHolcim Awards reception | Brussels, Belgium

Holcim Belgium hosts event with Awards Gold winners and City Architect of Brussels

Holcim Belgium hosts event with Awards Gold winners and City Architect of Brussels“In Brussels, urban development also means keeping production in the city center,” explained Kristiaan Borret, City Architect of the Belgian capital. Instead of moving existing facilities to the outskirts, they are integrated into the developing neighborhoods. Two projects of the Brussels Canal District masterplan received international recognition in 2017 by winning the 5th LafargeHolcim Awards in Europe.

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January 19, 2018 | Awards winners' reception | Jakarta, Indonesia

Media gathering and architects' forum at Jakarta Design Centre

Media gathering and architects' forum at Jakarta Design CentreIndonesia has an enviable record when it comes to the LafargeHolcim Awards – and the current cycle has been no exception with an Awards Silver, Acknowledgement prize and Next Generation prize all heading to Indonesia. In addition to a media conference, a forum attended by architects, students and construction professionals illustrated the positive impacts of sustainable design – and raised awareness of the LafargeHolcim Awards competition in the process.

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December 15, 2017 | Expert Interview | Zurich, Switzerland

Simon Upton steps down from the Board of the Foundation after 13 years

Simon Upton steps down from the Board of the Foundation after 13 yearsSince its inception, the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation has greatly benefited from the membership of Rt Hon Simon Upton. He is now stepping down – mainly because he wants to focus on his new role as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in New Zealand. In this conversation, he looks back on how the Foundation has developed over the years.

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December 15, 2017 | Publication announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

"Foundations 21" looks back on regional LafargeHolcim Awards 2017

"Foundations 21" looks back on regional LafargeHolcim Awards 2017In the latest edition of Foundations, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Board member Simon Upton looks back on 13 years of change in sustainable construction and the catalytic role of the Foundation. Foundations 21 also features the most exciting moments of the five regional LafargeHolcim Awards ceremonies where a total of 60 trophies were handed over to prize-winners in Nairobi, Marseille, San José, Chicago, and Kuala Lumpur.

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November 24, 2017 | Awards Media Briefing | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LafargeHolcim Awards media briefing for Asia Pacific in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LafargeHolcim Awards media briefing for Asia Pacific in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaProjects related to building communities, fostering education and addressing freshwater and wastewater issues stood out as winners of the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition 2017 in Asia Pacific. At the media briefing on the day after the prize hand-over ceremony, four project authors presented their winning entries in detail: demonstrating innovation and enthusiasm at the cutting edge of sustainable design.

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November 23, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Asia Pacific | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

LafargeHolcim Awards for Asia Pacific announced in Kuala Lumpur

LafargeHolcim Awards for Asia Pacific announced in Kuala LumpurSustainable construction in Asia Pacific also means building for the community. This was clearly shown by the projects that won prizes in the regional LafargeHolcim Awards presented in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The three main Awards winning projects deal with buildings for education – involving the community and sustainably improving neighborhoods.

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November 23, 2017 | Building Better Recognition | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Turning swords into ploughshares” wins Building Better Recognition

“Turning swords into ploughshares” wins Building Better RecognitionThis is the fifth time the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is being conducted. Over the years, more than 200 projects have been awarded worldwide. More than half the winning projects have been built or are scheduled for completion soon. Thus, the LafargeHolcim Awards are not about “castles in the air” but about tangible measures that advance the science of construction. This aspect of tangible change is underscored by a prize that is awarded for the first time in 2017: the LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition. It is awarded for a winning project from a previous competition cycle, one that has been realized and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building.

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November 16, 2017 | Project update | Bogotá, Colombia

Newly-opened Ágora Bogotá International Convention Centre is third largest in Latin America

Newly-opened Ágora Bogotá International Convention Centre is third largest in Latin AmericaThe convention centre designed by Daniel Bermúdez (Colombia) and Juan Herreros (Spain) received an Acknowledgement prize for their vertically-stacked structure that minimizes building footprint and maximizes outdoor public space in the heart of Colombia’s capital. After five years in design and construction, the 64,000-square-metre convention centre opened in October 2017 by hosting the World Summit of Young Leaders.

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November 10, 2017 | Awards certificate handover | Zurich, Switzerland

Steven Holl receives Awards certificate for Malawi project

Steven Holl receives Awards certificate for Malawi projectNew York based architect Steven Holl won a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement prize for his design of the Miracle for Africa Foundation central library in Lilongwe, Malawi. The jury for Middle East Africa had praised the project’s sophisticated, undulating design that synthesizes effective shading, natural ventilation, solar energy, and greywater recycling into one seductive and highly resolved form. LafargeHolcim Foundation Board member Marilyne Andersen caught up with Steven Holl in Zurich, where she presented an Awards prizewinner certificate – a fitting combination as both are passionate about the use of daylight in architecture.

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November 09, 2017 | Next Generation winner interview | Vancouver, Canada

Next Generation winner develops holistic visioning for communities

Next Generation winner develops holistic visioning for communitiesThe research focus of Next Generation 2nd prizewinner Jason Heinrich went through significant transformation during his studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (SALA). For Jason, winning a Next Generation prize was “one of the most exciting things in my life! It was such an honor to be on a stage and feel like an equal next to other architects whose work I’ve studied. It validates the work I’ve done and it’s motivating and inspiring to do even better work,” he said, in an interview with SALA.

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November 07, 2017 | Next Generation prize winners reception | Córdoba, Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba reception for LafargeHolcim Awards winning teams

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba reception for LafargeHolcim Awards winning teamsIn the recent LafargeHolcim Awards for Latin America, the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) continued its unrivalled success, taking out the first and third prizes in the Next Generation category of the world’s most significant competition in sustainable design. A reception to celebrate the success of UNC students was held at the Faculty of Architecture, Urban & Industrial Design (FAUD) to congratulate the students, present their concepts on sustainability, and promote sustainable construction in Argentina.

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October 23, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for North America | Detroit, USA

Detroit project boosted by LafargeHolcim Awards Gold

Detroit project boosted by LafargeHolcim Awards GoldWinning the top prize for North America in the LafargeHolcim Awards has given the project team a huge boost. The Seebaldt Pilot project by studio[Ci], It Starts at Home (IS@H) and partners across Detroit aims to incubate long-term community engagement through interventions for local energy and food production, water and waste management, and community empowerment.

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October 13, 2017 | 2nd Day Tour at LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America | Chicago, USA

Awards guests visit Chicago Architectural Biennial

Awards guests visit Chicago Architectural BiennialThe focus of the second day program of the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony North America was on architecture in the city of Chicago. Mark Lee, Artistic Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017, introduced the participants to the Chicago Cultural Center and led through “his” exhibition; later the guests enjoyed a Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise.

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October 12, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America | Chicago, USA

LafargeHolcim Awards prize handover

LafargeHolcim Awards prize handoverSustainability has become a core principle of architecture and construction in North America. Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction presented in Chicago show how the leading edge of sustainable design means reaching far beyond “common sense”. Their approaches use proven instruments that are cleverly applied to improve the quality of life. So the world builds better.

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October 12, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition | Chicago, USA

LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

LafargeHolcim Building Better RecognitionThis is the fifth time the LafargeHolcim Awards competition is being conducted. Over the years, more than 200 projects have been awarded worldwide. More than half the winning projects have been built or are scheduled for completion soon. Thus, the LafargeHolcim Awards are not about “castles in the air” but about tangible measures that advance the science of construction. This aspect of tangible change is underscored by a prize that’s being awarded for the first time in 2017: the LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition. It is awarded for a winning project from a previous competition cycle, one which has been realized and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building.

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October 06, 2017 | Media briefing | San José, Costa Rica

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America media briefing, San José

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America media briefing, San JoséCreating and improving public space, solving issues related to water and generating electricity from tidal flows were topics presented by the five projects at the media briefing to conclude the LafargeHolcim Awards prize hand-over ceremony for Latin America, held in Costa Rica.

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October 06, 2017 | Special prize handover | San José, Costa Rica

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin AmericaThe path of Tropical Storm Nate across Central America and the Caribbean – with heavy winds and torrential rain pummelling Costa Rica – delayed the journey of the Next Generation 3rd prize winning team from Argentina. The group of five students from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba were unable to reach San José in time for the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony for Latin America, so received their prize at the farewell dinner the day following the ceremony.

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October 05, 2017 | Sustainable solutions for urgent water problems | San José, Costa Rica

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin AmericaWater is the hot topic among the project entries for the LafargeHolcim Awards in region Latin America. Whether for wastewater, drinking water, or tidal water, many of the prize winners have innovative and often surprising proposals for ways to master the use of this precious resource in Latin America.

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