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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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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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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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June 14, 2018 | Project Update | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

June 08, 2018 | Project Update | Detroit, USA

Community-driven urban recovery takes first steps in Detroit’s Seebaldt Street

Community-driven urban recovery takes first steps in Detroit’s Seebaldt StreetA project to drive long-term community engagement has started to make tangible steps forward in suburban Detroit. The Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2018 winner aims to improve living conditions in an area emerging from economic decline. The components of the project include solar power generation, rainwater collection and urban farming – which all make the neighborhood more attractive for renters and potential home-owners, thereby building momentum for urban recovery.

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June 01, 2018 | Project Update | Brussels, Belgium

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