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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 Biennial

The 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 handover

Sustainability 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 Recognition

This 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 José

Creating 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 America

The 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 America

Water 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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October 05, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition | San José, Costa Rica

LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition
LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

This 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 built and has stood the test of time as a particularly successful example of sustainable building.

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September 28, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe | Marseille, France

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe
Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe

The days when the sustainability of a construction project was a matter of ad hoc measures are over – sustainable construction has become systematic and specific. This was emphatically shown by the results of the LafargeHolcim Awards in region Europe: The first prize was shared by two projects in Brussels, both of which excel in terms of their multi-functionality.

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September 28, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition | Marseille, France

LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition
LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition for region Europe was presented to Gilles Delalex and his team from Muoto Architecture Studio for their low-cost flexible university building Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay. This is the fifth time the LafargeHolcim Awards competition has been conducted and more than 200 projects have been awarded worldwide. Over half are either soon to be built or have been completed. Thus, the LafargeHolcim Awards are not about castles in the air, but about tangible measures that advance the science of construction. This element of real change is underscored by a prize that is awarded for the first time in 2017: the “LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition”.

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September 28, 2017 | Media briefing | Marseille, France

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe media briefing, Marseille
LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Europe media briefing, Marseille

The two gold Awards winning projects in Brussels were in the center of the media briefing following the prize hand-over ceremony of the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards for Europe. Rolf Soiron, founding Chairman of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, emphasized the responsibility of industry to drive sustainability. Edward Schwarz introduced the activities of the Foundation, which was created as initiative of LafargeHolcim back in 2003 to promote and reward sustainability in construction.

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September 07, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa | Nairobi, Kenya

Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa
Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa

Sustainability in building is rapidly gaining significance in the Middle East Africa region – particularly among female professionals and young graduates in architecture and engineering. This was clearly seen at the prize-handover ceremony for the regional LafargeHolcim Awards in Nairobi, Kenya. The majority of the 11 prize-winning projects dealt with education and the contemporary promotion of traditional manual skills.

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September 08, 2017 | Media briefing | Nairobi, Kenya

LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa media briefing, Nairobi
LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa media briefing, Nairobi

An impressive number of Kenyan and international journalists attended the media briefing following the prize handover ceremony of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in region Middle East Africa.

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September 07, 2017 | Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Middle East Africa | Nairobi, Kenya

Standing the test of time
Standing the test of time

The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition Middle East Africa goes to Kéré Architecture, Berlin, Germany, for “Secondary school with passive ventilation system,” a project that earned the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2012. The jury was impressed by its “beauty and innovative architectural concept and example for new sustainable construction from a materials and technology perspective.” Today, the secondary school is reality for hundreds of children and standing the test of time.

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August 30, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Lyon, France

The trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards
The trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards

This is the story of Élodie, Ductal and Airium – a testimony of how LafargeHolcim embraces sustainability and innovation. So the world builds better. Wearing appropriate protection equipment, Élodie pours Ductal into a mold of acrylic glass. Making a base for the LafargeHolcim Awards trophy requires skill, patience, and stamina. The result, a rectangular block with a perfectly smooth surface is also a great source of satisfaction and pride for Élodie.

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August 28, 2017 | Publication announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Around the world in 27 days: Sarah Nichols and Marc Angélil at all five regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meetings
Around the world in 27 days: Sarah Nichols and Marc Angélil at all five regional …

The latest issue of “Foundations” is online, with features dedicated to the 5th cycle of the regional LafargeHolcim Awards. Sarah Nichols and Marc Angélil set foot on five continents to represent the LafargeHolcim Foundation at each of the regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meetings. Entries must stand out to get nominated for a prize, they conclude, “and for that you must deliver truly special results.”

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April 04, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in sustainable design
Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in …

The 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction closed at the end of March 2017. From a total of 5,085 entries by authors in 121 countries, 70% are valid and will be examined by independent juries in five world regions. The winners will be announced in the fourth quarter of the year, where seven Main Awards and four Next Generation prizes carrying a purse of USD 330,000 will be presented in each region.

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March 09, 2017 | Publication announcement | Jakarta, Indonesia

Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students
Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students

A free translation of “Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani has already been shared with over 300 students. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Holcim Indonesia co-sponsored the translation into Bahasa Indonesia launched in Jakarta and Bandung.

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February 16, 2017 | Publication announcement | Jakarta, Indonesia

Foundation and Holcim Indonesia offers free translation of “Greening Asia”
Foundation and Holcim Indonesia offers free translation of “Greening Asia”

“Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani is one of the standard handbooks for building professionals, developers, operators, and academia. It aims to encourage sustainable design that addresses the diverse needs of the region and its people by reporting on over 30 recent projects throughout Asia that go “beyond green”. 

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January 30, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition
Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition

Entries in the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards will close on March 21, 2017. The competition seeks projects at an advanced stage of design from the fields of architecture, building and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards also feature a Next Generation category for visions and ideas of young professionals and students.

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December 09, 2016 | Sustainable Construction Briefing | Cairo, Egypt

Awards Ambassador receives recognition at briefing in Cairo
Awards Ambassador receives recognition at briefing in Cairo

“Students and young professionals around the world now have an unlimited opportunity to share their ideas and win international recognition through the LafargeHolcim Awards,” says PhD candidate and LafargeHolcim Forum 2016 student poster winner, Eduardo Pizarro. The enthusiastic Brazilian architecture student is conducting research on “Turning Voids into Infrastructure” to find ways to leverage spaces between the buildings in Paraisópolis, the second largest favela in the city where he studies at the Faculty of Architecture & Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (USP).

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November 26, 2016 | Expert Panel | Venice, Italy

Expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how architecture should respond to the challenges
Expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how …

The excitement was palpable as guests – mainly students and young architects from all over the world – eagerly streamed into the historic Teatro Piccolo Arsenale in Venice. With the 300-person venue filled to capacity, moderator Rolf Soiron inspired the panelists Alejandro Aravena, Jonathan Ledgard, Milinda Pathiraja and Robert Mardini to discuss practical solutions, rather than hold a strictly formal debate.

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November 26, 2016 | La Biennale di Venezia | Venice, Italy

A successful “emotional experience”
A successful “emotional experience”

The 15th International Biennale of Architecture in Venice attracted almost 260,000 visitors within six months, roughly 15 percent more than any former architecture exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Curator Alejandro Aravena stressed that he and his team had set out to create an emotional experience more than a platform to transfer knowledge. “This Biennale was all about improving the quality of life for people,” he said.

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November 25, 2016 | Publication Announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

Special edition of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to a self-supporting structure of compressed- earth tiles – the backbone of a compelling initiative
Special edition of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to a self-supporting structure …

“This skilled geometrical vault holds the promise of a brighter future”, writes Editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Borne in the latest “hors série” publication of the bilingual magazine L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA). It is dedicated to the Droneport project, the “successful attempt to harness the rapid improvements in technology for the benefit of the poorest”, as Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic of the Financial Times, puts it in his editorial.

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October 25, 2016 | Project Update | Paris, France

Vertical diversity used to interweave multiple functions
Vertical diversity used to interweave multiple functions

The Lieu de vie campus hub at the University of Paris-Saclay was opened in January 2016 and formally handed over to the university on May 31, 2016. Designed by architects Gilles Delalex, Yves Moreau and Thomas Wessel-Cessieux from Muoto architects, the LafargeHolcim Awards Silver winner for Europe merges economic and aesthetic considerations, and turns the limitation of low-cost construction into one of the building’s great strengths.

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September 23, 2016 | Video – LafargeHolcim Awards | Zurich, Switzerland

LafargeHolcim Awards – strengthening our pillar of sustainability
LafargeHolcim Awards – strengthening our pillar of sustainability

Innovation plays an important role as the challenges of the built environment grow daily. But the industry cannot blaze a trail towards better solutions on its own. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction provides many platforms of exchange for engineers, architects, and related professions to exchange new ideas including its forums, publications and Awards competition. Building bridges between all stakeholder groups along the value chain helps to develop, multiply, and implement new ideas.

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July 04, 2016 | Competition announcement | Zurich, Switzerland

5th International LafargeHolcim Awards seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment
5th International LafargeHolcim Awards seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment

The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design. It seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. Organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life. 

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July 04, 2016 | Awards competition launch | Paris, France

The world’s most significant competition for sustainable design launched in Paris
The world’s most significant competition for sustainable design launched in Paris

More than 150 experts from architecture, urban design and other built environment professionals attended the LafargeHolcim Awards competition launch in Paris. The event marked the opening of the USD 2 million competition for projects and visions on sustainable construction. The Awards identify ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life.

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April 27, 2016 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | Detroit, MI, USA

An elegant and discrete structure dedicated to children’s learning
An elegant and discrete structure dedicated to children’s learning

Francisco Pardo and Julio Amezcua were finalists in the Global Awards 2015 for their school design concept Kokokali. The two Mexico-based architects recently at­tended the International LafargeHolcim Forum in Detroit, where the Foundation took the opportunity to recognize their project with a Global Finalist certificate. The project was praised by the Global Awards jury for creatively re-thinking “the school” as a building type, and for reassessing buildings for education and investigating their architectural potential from an entirely new perspective.

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November 05, 2015 | Exhibition – New South | Paris, France

New South Exhibition explores the role of architecture in developing cities
New South Exhibition explores the role of architecture in developing cities

The exhibition New South at Galerie CROUX in Paris features the work of six young architects, including two Next Generation prize-winners, Meriem Chabani and Chamss Doha Oulkadi. New South explores how sustainable design addresses economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges by examining different ways of living, construction methodologies and cultural representations in developing cities of the South.

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October 30, 2015 | 1st Next Generation Awards Lab | New York, NY, USA

First Awards Lab targets ethical standards and social inclusion
First Awards Lab targets ethical standards and social inclusion

More than 50 Next Generation prize-winners from the 4th Awards competition met in New York to exchange ideas about the future of sustainable construction. Projects and teams represented Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

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September 24, 2015 | Community Voting | Zurich, Switzerland

Holcim Awards – Your Choice
Holcim Awards – Your Choice

The 4th International Holcim Awards – Your Choice voting competition ran from March 16 until May 19, 2015 to find the favorite “Next Generation” sustainable construction projects and received more than 120,000 votes.

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September 24, 2015 | Global Bronze Prize Ceremony | New York, NY, USA

Big U team led by BIG and One Architecture honored with Global Award for sustainable construction
Big U team led by BIG and One Architecture honored with Global Award for sustainable construction

The Dryline project addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding with a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan – and is the winner of the global Bronze prize of the LafargeHolcim Awards, the most significant international competition for sustainable design and construction. Created by a consortium led by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group and One Architecture, the 13km (8mi) long infrastructural barrier incorporates public space with the high-water barrier doubling as parks, seating, bicycle shelters and skateboard ramps.

At the ceremony in New York City, Daniel Zarrilli, Director at the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, commended the project for taking and furthering an important City resiliency priority that will enable New York City to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change.

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September 24, 2015 | Video – Project Author | New York, NY, USA

Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”
Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”

The founder of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group explains how the design work of his office is driven by information. The Dryline project to implement creative urban infrastructure that protects Manhattan from floods was created from the specific knowledge of external specialists, as well as the local community. “Our role is to take these inputs and synthesis a design solution that is informed by this wealth of knowledge,” explains BIG founder Bjarke Ingels at the Global Awards Bronze 2015 prize ceremony in New York.

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

An unshakable commitment to the children of Nepal
An unshakable commitment to the children of Nepal

Hilary Sample of MOS Architects received a Global Finalist 2015 certificate for “Children’s Ziggurat”, the Lali Gurans orphanage and library in Kathmandu, Nepal. The project for a locally-adapted earthquake resistant structure addresses the needs of an under-served rural population with a facility that uses low-technology renewable energy and material resources, thus significantly reducing operating costs. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

A humble brick packed with innovation and architectural potential
A humble brick packed with innovation and architectural potential

John Locke received a Global Finalist 2015 certificate on behalf of the team from The Living architecture lab for their “Hy-Fi” project that is researching zero-carbon bricks using recent advances in biotechnology combined with cutting-edge computation and engineering. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

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September 24, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | New York, NY, USA

A beautiful proposition for the global challenge of water scarcity
A beautiful proposition for the global challenge of water scarcity

Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor of Water Pore Partnership, New York was presented with a Global Finalist 2015 certificate for her “Poreform” project to create water absorptive surface and subterranean basin in Las Vegas. As part of the celebration of the Global Awards Bronze prize in New York City, the certificate was handed over by Marc Angélil, member of the Global Awards jury 2015 and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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September 24, 2015 | Video – Community Engagement | New York, NY, USA

The Dryline – BIG’s vision for New York City
The Dryline – BIG’s vision for New York City

A short film created by project architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) gives an overview of the vision they co-developed with the people of New York City for urban flood protection infrastructure. The 4-minute film “The Dryline” captures the personal impact of Hurricane Sandy in a series of vignettes featuring residents and visitors to New York City – and their desire for a creative response to the city’s flood vulnerability. 

To visualize the extensive team work between the authorities, the big number of involved specialists and the citizens of New York, Bjarke Ingles introduced the film at the Global Bronze Awards ceremony to the audience: "The production of this film was possible through the prize money from the regional Holcim Awards for North America 2014 at which the project received the Silver prize", he explained.

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September 01, 2015 | Global Silver Prize Ceremony | Colombo, Sri Lanka

Global Holcim Awards Silver 2015 prize winner celebrated
Global Holcim Awards Silver 2015 prize winner celebrated

A construction training and community engagement project in rural Sri Lanka won the Silver prize in the most significant international competition for sustainable design and construction. Architects Milinda Pathiraja and Ganga Ratnayake from Robust Architecture Workshop in Colombo were presented with the Award on the site of the winning project in Ambepussa. At the ceremony on the military base of the Sri Lankan Army, the Colonel of the Sinha Regiment, Major General Boniface Perera, and Global Awards jury members Maria Atkinson (Australia) and Meisa Batayneh (Jordan) praised the project for building human capacity as well as a physical structure.

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September 01, 2015 | Global Finalist Certificate Handover | Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

Architecture as an instrument of “action”
Architecture as an instrument of “action”

Jariyawadee Lekawatana of Architectkidd and Singh Intrachooto of Kasetsart University, both Thailand were presented with a Global LafargeHolcim Awards Finalist 2015 certificate for Protective Wing: Bird sanctuary as part of the ceremony to hand-over the Awards Silver prize in Ambepussa, Sri Lanka.

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August 05, 2015 | Global Gold Prize Ceremony | Medellín, Colombia

Top prize of 4th International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction conferred
Top prize of 4th International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction conferred

The most significant international prize for sustainable design was presented to a team of young architects of Colectivo720 from Cali (Colombia) for an urban transformation project in Medellín. At the ceremony for the Global Holcim Award Gold 2015, Aníbal Gaviria (Mayor of Medellín), Alejandro Aravena (internationally renowned architect from Chile) and representatives of the competition sponsor LafargeHolcim, praised the winning project for its approach of turning a de-commissioned water reservoir into civic space – enhancing the quality of life of many inhabitants.

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