Interest was high in the LafargeHolcim Awards poster exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland. All day, the team was busy explaining the programs of the Foundation in general and the global Awards competition in particular. The mix of exhibition visitors – LafargeHolcim employees, competition participants, interested architects, retired engineers, and the next generation of specialists – proved that sustainability is a topic that connects professions and generations.
One father who had brought along his two teenage children spent an extensive amount of time in front of the project "Pavilion Re-claimed - Adaptive reuse for refugee education in Lebanon". The project proposes re-using an abandoned pavilion from Expo 2015 in Milan and transforming it into a “schoolhouse” for children in the refugee camps of Lebanon. He had been to Lebanon with his family in summer, and now was able to explain to his children the migration from Syria into Lebanon, and the challenges the diaspora faces in temporary settlements.
Standing in front of the poster of "Legacy Restored - Religious and secular complex in Niger", two very young girls were keen on telling that this is what "our daddy does in Africa". As it turns out, their father intends to participate in the next LafargeHolcim Awards competition, and visited the exhibition to learn from prize-winning projects. Hearing the parents talk to their children about sustainability, and what it means for their generation and the ones to come, was touching and motivating at the same time for the team members of the Foundation.
Students from technical universities were also seen analyzing Awards prize-winning projects from all five world regions. Their questions did not only relate to the competition, but also on what the independent juries focus on during their deliberations. These students left the exhibition knowing that addressing the five "target issues" for sustainable construction is just as important as providing the renowned experts on the juries a narrative, a story that leads up to the solutions they propose.
Even people who visited the exhibition by chance and staff from the ground floor restaurant immersed themselves into the exhibition - some being exposed to the topic of sustainable construction for the first time. The LafargeHolcim Foundation set out to make the topic of sustainable construction visible and accessible to the broad public. Closing the exhibition, the team of the Foundation concluded that this mission was accomplished successfully.
The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction raises awareness of the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning, and the building industry have in achieving a more sustainable future. The Foundation is an initiative of LafargeHolcim Ltd, and expresses the commitment of its sponsor to social and environmental sustainability.
The 6th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition opens for entries in mid-2019.