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November 19, 2018 | Publication Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Latest edition of Foundations, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, released

Latest edition of Foundations, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, releasedFoundations 22, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, reviews the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 winning projects from Mexico, Niger and the USA. The latest winners in the world’s leading competition for sustainable design showcase how innovation in design, construction, and materials deliver infrastructure that excels in social, ecological, and economic performance.

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November 16, 2018 | Innovative Formwork & Materials | Mexico City, Mexico

Digitally-fabricated lightweight formwork streamlines fabrication process in Mexico City

Digitally-fabricated lightweight formwork streamlines fabrication process in Mexico CityAs homage to Spanish-Mexican architect and engineer Félix Candela, Zaha Hadid Architects designed an experimental structure called “KnitCandela”. Constructed at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City, it is part of Zaha Hadid Architects’ first exhibition in Latin America. The dazzling concrete form reimagines Candela’s thin concrete structures through the introduction of new computational design methods and innovative formwork technology which were developed in Zurich.

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November 09, 2018 | Symposium Report | Hannover, Germany

LafargeHolcim Awards winner Kai-Uwe Bergmann at the Holcim Bau-Forum in Germany

LafargeHolcim Awards winner Kai-Uwe Bergmann at the Holcim Bau-Forum in Germany“The LafargeHolcim Awards was the most important recognition we received,” said Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner architect at BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. He presented the Awards prize-winning project “BIG-U (Dryline)”, protecting lower Manhattan from flooding, at the 12th Holcim Bau-Forum in Hannover, Germany. Under the theme of “Direction: Future”, the event brought together builders, architects, planners, and authorities for an inspiring exchange on the future of building and construction. In the context of diverse challenges including climate change, resource conservation, labor and digitization – Kai-Uwe Bergmann presented a range of projects that look to an exciting future, and a challenging role for architecture.

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November 05, 2018 | Project Update | Mwanza, Tanzania

Leap-frogging the need for physical infrastructure

Leap-frogging the need for physical infrastructureThe Lake Victoria Challenge (LVC) held in Mwanza, Tanzania is the first-ever international symposium on drones and their possibilities in Africa. The World Bank estimates the global demand for drone infrastructure to surpass USD 130 billion in the near future confirmed Bella Bird, World Bank Director for Eastern Africa. The LCV was held in Tanzania’s second largest city on the shore of Lake Victoria, where the opportunities for development that leapfrogs the need for physical infrastructure were abundant and compelling.

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October 30, 2018 | Associated Universities of the LafargeHolcim Foundation | Chicago, USA

Collaboration between the Illinois Institute of Technology and the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Collaboration between the Illinois Institute of Technology and the LafargeHolcim FoundationTo pursue its goal of promoting sustainability in construction on a global basis, the LafargeHolcim Foundation has established a network of renowned technical universities on all continents. The latest university to join is the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Chicago). “We are thrilled to be associated with a school on a campus that is mentioned in the curriculum of every student of architecture around the world,” said Marc Angélil, Head of the Academic Committee and member of the Board of the Foundation, as the Memorandum of Understanding was signed.

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October 25, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Aït Benhaddou, Morocco

October 10, 2018 | Global Awards finalist certificate handover | São Paulo, Brazil

Global LafargeHolcim Awards finalist certificate for authors of prize winning neighborhood center in São Paulo, Brazil

Global LafargeHolcim Awards finalist certificate for authors of prize winning neighborhood ...“The international recognition of the LafargeHolcim Awards has motivated us keep on fighting to make our project become a reality,” said Sol Camacho and Jonathan Franklin as they received their Global Awards 2018 finalist certificate from Juliana Adrigueto and Bruna Mattos, representing LafargeHolcim in Brazil. The design for a mixed-use civic hub with durable, low-maintenance architecture and long-term financing in the neighborhood of Paraisópolis in São Paulo had received the Awards Silver for Latin America in 2017.

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October 08, 2018 | Awards Celebration | Jakarta, Indonesia

Holcim Indonesia hosts LafargeHolcim Awards winners at Jakarta Design Center

Holcim Indonesia hosts LafargeHolcim Awards winners at Jakarta Design CenterHow does sustainable construction support the Indonesian government to improve the quality of education? This was the question addressed by two LafargeHolcim Awards winning teams at an event hosted by Holcim Indonesia at the Jakarta Design Center.

A series of “Microlibrary” learning centers that aim to raise literacy by offering attractive spaces for reading by SHAU; and a school hub built using local materials that empowers local craftsmen by SASO Architecture Studio were showcased. Both projects illustrate how sustainable design can improve education quality – a commitment made by the national government under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework of the United Nations.

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October 04, 2018 | Awards Celebration | Córdoba, Argentina

Holcim Argentina honors global Ideas prizewinners and hosts lectures by Angelo Bucci in Córdoba and Buenos Aires

Holcim Argentina honors global Ideas prizewinners and hosts lectures by Angelo Bucci in ...Two of the four most recent LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation prizes for Latin America were conferred to teams from the Universidad National de Córdoba (UNC). The team that won the regional Next Generation 1st prize with their “Tidal Energy Landscape” project were also recipients of an Global Ideas prize selected by the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury 2018, chaired by Alejandro Aravena (Chile).

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October 02, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | Vancouver, Canada

Modular midrise housing Vancouver, Canada

Modular midrise housing Vancouver, CanadaThe mass-timber buildings “Platforms for life” allow residents to adapt their living space to their personal needs – time and time again. The deeply integrated ecosystem of design engineering, technology and precision manufacturing is also sustainable in every other way. This achievement was made possible by decades of research.

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September 28, 2018 | Global Awards Ideas prize handover | Mexico City, Mexico

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize for “Cooling Roof” presented to Georgina Baronian

Global LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize for “Cooling Roof” presented to Georgina BaronianPrinceton University student Georgian Baronian is examining how large-scale structures can benefit from using water on the roof as a thermal insulator and solar reflector. She was presented with her Global LafargeHolcim Awards Ideas prize by Roland Köhler, Chairman of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation and Maria Atkinson, founding CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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September 26, 2018 | Project Celebration | Augst, Switzerland

Roman settlement excavation center at Augusta Raurica to start construction in early-2019

Roman settlement excavation center at Augusta Raurica to start construction in early-2019Monika Gschwind, President of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft Government, praised Karamuk Kuo Architects of Zurich for their project to create an excavation center in the village of Augst: “You are working on the future in a historic environment,” she said. The Chief architect of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft, Marco Frigerio, confirmed that construction of the flexible and functional low-tech building will start in early-2019.

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September 25, 2018 | Interview | Mexico City, Mexico

Foundation Board member Enrique Norten on networking and the importance of nurturing ideas

Foundation Board member Enrique Norten on networking and the importance of nurturing ideas Internationally renowned architect Enrique Norten was interviewed at the recent LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation Lab held at IBERO (Universidad Iberoamericana) in Mexico City. He reflected on the “enthusiasm of youth” as well as the importance of tradition, networking and nurturing ideas. The Awards Lab is an initiative of the LafargeHolcim Foundation that supports young professionals to further their concepts in sustainable design, and encourage innovation in building and construction.

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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 08, 2018 | Site Visit | Mexico City, Mexico

September 08, 2018 | Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation | Mexico City, Mexico

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 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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