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July 18, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | New Delhi, India

The push needed to scale up a project

The push needed to scale up a projectMoney isn’t everything. Intelligence is also required. Julia King, laureate of a LafargeHolcim Next Generation prize for Asia Pacific in 2011, advocated a sanitation strategy for New Delhi’s poorest neighbourhoods. Based on a survey painstakingly carried out in the most deprived streets of India’s capital, this young English architect prioritized the expectations of each individual, in addition to identifying the technical problems as well as the legal obstacles.

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July 16, 2019 | ‘A’A’: Global design competitions | Mexico City, Mexico

A chance to develop strong conceptual ideas

A chance to develop strong conceptual ideasThe issue of water management, particularly in underequipped urban areas, is a crucial one for Mexico City. Jointly coordinating a team from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Loreta Castro Reguera and Manuel Perló Cohen developed an innovative approach. This program works to integrate public space and light hydraulic infrastructures, thereby offering an alternative to the usual strategies, a proposal that won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Latin America in 2017, and the Global Award Gold in 2018.

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July 15, 2019 | 22 Propositions | Zurich, Switzerland

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing construction

Sustainable strategies for Re-materializing constructionDesire is a powerful mobilizer – sometimes stronger than duty or responsibility. If products and buildings that reduce the material cost of building are desirable, they are more likely to catch on with a wider public. Adding beauty, convenience, or novelty to a project can help transform sustainability from something that subtracts to something that adds.

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July 12, 2019 | L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui | Paris, France

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui

Benefits of global design competitions featured in special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’huiThe LafargeHolcim Awards boost designs which might be radical, new, difficult, original or untried says architecture critic Edwin Heathcote in a special issue of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA).

There are design competitions which call for solutions to a brief and then there are competitions which pit already completed projects against each other. But, arguably, the most useful competitions, the ones which can have the most impact globally with relatively minimal means, are those which recognise the originality and interest in a project which is already in the ether and which give it the impetus to become reality.

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July 09, 2019 | LafargeHolcim Forum | Vancouver, Canada

University of British Columbia students at the LafargeHolcim Forum

University of British Columbia students at the LafargeHolcim ForumRecognizing the critical importance of encouraging the future generation of industry professionals, the LafargeHolcim Foundation supports promising talents on various levels. While the LafargeHolcim Awards competition enables students and young professionals to challenge their approaches against their peers, the Foundation’s invitation to participate at the Forum makes the experts of tomorrow a part of today’s debate. Marion Gelinas and Emily Kazanowski, graduate students in the MArch program at The University of British Columbia (UBC) from Vancouver, Canada, share their experience of travelling to Cairo for the LafargeHolcim Forum, and presenting their work to the international community. 

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June 25, 2019 | Book announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

June 04, 2019 | Media release | Zurich, Switzerland

International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction open for entries

International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction open for entriesThe LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offers a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foregrounds projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields.

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May 22, 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 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 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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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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