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May 21, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Forum | Cairo, Egypt

Top managers of LafargeHolcim comment on the future of building materials

Top managers of LafargeHolcim comment on the future of building materialsThe latest LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Cairo was also attended by top managers of the Group. “It is key for us to engage and discuss with all stakeholders of society where construction and building materials will go in the future,” says Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, in a five-minute video that breaks down questions and findings of the symposium dedicated to “re-materializing construction” that are relevant to the cement and concrete industry.

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May 13, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Zurich, Switzerland

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionThe city is a rich material resource. There is, for example, more copper in buildings than is left in the earth’s crust. In Switzerland, the total copper stock in buildings is 65kg per person. By reusing the materials already deposited in our settlements rather than extracting new raw materials, the rate of material accumulation would slow down and the amount of building materials removed and redeposited as waste would be reduced.

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May 10, 2019 | Catalyst Award for Sustainable Construction | Cairo, Egypt

Michael Braungart receives Catalyst Award for Sustainable Construction at LafargeHolcim Forum

Michael Braungart receives Catalyst Award for Sustainable Construction at LafargeHolcim ForumVisionary environmental thinker Michael Braungart was honored at the LafargeHolcim Forum 2019 with the first ever Catalyst Award for Sustainable Construction in recognition for his thought leadership on sustainability. The award was presented by LafargeHolcim CEO Jan Jenisch at the LafargeHolcim Forum in Cairo – a conference focused on “Re-materializing Construction” to foreground material stocks and flows in order to further the objectives of sustainable construction.

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May 08, 2019 | Book Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Mirroring Effects – a book inspired by topics and locations of LafargeHolcim Forums

Mirroring Effects – a book inspired by topics and locations of LafargeHolcim Forums Marc Angélil and Cary Siress spent far more than 5,000 hours together over more than ten years working on stories that have now been published by Ruby Press Berlin. Mirroring Effects: Tales of Territory features case studies that take readers around the world. The 1,000-page oeuvre was launched at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) where architect Hans Frei praised the authors for “reflecting urban reality to a planetary scale”. The many students in the audience agreed that theory made available in this form can be a tool for thinking and designing beyond all boundaries.

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April 06, 2019 | Day Three Summary | Cairo, Egypt

LafargeHolcim Forum concludes with workshop summaries and thought-provoking speakers

LafargeHolcim Forum concludes with workshop summaries and thought-provoking speakersDay Three, the final day, of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum commenced with the continuation of the four workshops on themes of Changing paradigms; Shifting the flows, pulling the strings; From manual to digital and vice versa; and Catch 22. Participants then travelled to Tahrir Square Campus of the American University in Cairo (AUC) for the concluding session in historic Ewart Hall, which has been the venue for watershed speeches in modern Egyptian history. Moderators briefly presented the outcomes of their workshops: Werner Sobek, Director, Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design, University of Stuttgart; Marilyne Andersen, Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne); Anna Heringer, Honorary Professor, UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development; and Harry Gugger, Professor for Architectural & Urban Design, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland.

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April 05, 2019 | Day Two Summary | Cairo, Egypt

April 04, 2019 | Day One Summary | Cairo, Egypt

6th LafargeHolcim Forum kicks-off with internationally renowned speakers and in-depth workshops

6th LafargeHolcim Forum kicks-off with internationally renowned speakers and in-depth workshopsDay One of the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum featured keynote speeches by four internationally-renowned “star” architects to an enthusiastic audience of more than 1,200 people. Lord Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, United Kingdom; Christine Binswanger, Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland; Anne Lacaton, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France; and Francis Kéré, Kéré Architecture, Germany explained their approaches to design that embed sustainability even before the first sketch is created.

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March 11, 2019 | Lecture Series – “Affinity Architecture” | Zurich, Switzerland

February 21, 2019 | Project Update | Toronto, Canada

Daniels Building at One Spadina officially opened and continues to receive accolades

Daniels Building at One Spadina officially opened and continues to receive accoladesThe LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgement-prize winning One Spadina building of the John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design is exemplary for embedding sustainability into the teaching, learning and research programs of the University of Toronto. The renovation and extension of the 1875 Gothic Revival building was designed by Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner, of NADAAA in collaboration with Architect-of-record Adamson & Associates, landscape architects Public Work, and heritage architects ERA. One Spadina officially opened on November 17, 2017.

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February 19, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Forum | Cairo, Egypt

6th International LafargeHolcim Forum announced at media conference in Cairo

6th International LafargeHolcim Forum announced at media conference in CairoCoinciding with its centenary, the American University in Cairo (AUC) will host the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in early April 2019. The three-day symposium dedicated to “Re-materializing Construction” will bring together 300 specialists from more than 50 countries. It is organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation with the support of Lafarge Egypt. The announcement took place in the presence of key national media.

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January 25, 2019 | Symposium Report | Katowice, Poland

Panelists at 4 Design Days agree on "holistic and inclusive" approach

Panelists at 4 Design Days agree on "holistic and inclusive" approachCities are to be intelligent, smart, diverse, bright, open, fluid, connected, safe – in brief: more sustainable. From this starting point, the participants in one of the opening panels of the 4 Design Days (4DD) in Katowice discussed what is next on the journey to achieve “happy cities for happy people” and what role architecture and designers have in getting there.

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January 04, 2019 | Project Update | Mexico City, Mexico

Global LafargeHolcim Awards winning project honored as “best architectural intervention of the year for Mexico City”

Global LafargeHolcim Awards winning project honored as “best architectural intervention of ...The main stages of construction for Hyrdropuncture: La Quebradora Water Park in Iztapalapa, Mexico City have been completed. The Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2018 winning project represents a change in the paradigm of water management, and is coordinated by Manuel Perló of the Institute of Social Research (IIS) at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) with architect Loreta Castro of Taller Capital. After winning the top LafargeHolcim Awards prize, the project also received the Premio Ciudad for the best architectural intervention of the year for Mexico City in November 2018.

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December 19, 2018 | Local Competition | Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

December 17, 2018 | Project Update | Colombo, Sri Lanka

TEDx Colombo presentation by LafargeHolcim Awards prize winner on robust techniques to achieve sustainability

TEDx Colombo presentation by LafargeHolcim Awards prize winner on robust techniques to ...Milinda Pathiraja is passionate about the enormous potential for architecture to make a difference in rebuilding Sri Lanka in the aftermath of civil war. His work including the Global LafargeHolcim Awards winning Community Library in rural Ambepussa illustrates his focus on a form of architecture that not only produces spaces and constructed artifacts – but that also builds capacities and human capital. At TEDx Colombo, Milinda Pathiraja explained how his work creates a design format that embeds the training of unskilled labor into the construction of their projects, well before the first shovel of earth is moved.

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December 13, 2018 | Article – 5th LafargeHolcim Awards | London, United Kingdom

Zero Energy Development units on parking lots, London, United Kingdom

Zero Energy Development units on parking lots, London, United KingdomThe spirited British architect Bill Dunster is applying the knowledge he has acquired over decades of working on sustainable projects: He has a clever response to the housing shortage in Greater London that is affordable, sensible, environmentally friendly, attractive, and flexible. His concept might seem utopian. But only at first glance.

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December 10, 2018 | Associated Universities | Singapore

November 23, 2018 | Symposium Announcement | Cairo, Egypt

LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019 in Egypt

LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction 2019 in EgyptThe 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction will be hosted by the American University in Cairo from April 4 to 6, 2019. The LafargeHolcim Forum is dedicated to the topic of “Re-materializing Construction”. Keynote speeches, workshops and site visits will focus on strategies to reduce consumption throughout the material cycle from extraction to processing, transport, installation, maintenance, and removal.

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November 23, 2018 | Project Update | Zurich, Switzerland

CASTonCAST considerably reduces materials consumption and construction waste

CASTonCAST considerably reduces materials consumption and construction wasteConstruction of the first real-scale CASTonCAST prototype at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) was completed successfully. Lluís Enrique Monzo, postdoc at the Chair of Structural Design and author of the LafargeHolcim Awards winning project, is keen to point out that his recent investigation “proved the viability of applying this innovative production system for concrete elements at a real-scale”.

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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, the Block Research Group of ETH Zurich and 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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