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.
Edward Schwarz, General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, introduced the Foundation and its activities and put the Awards in a global context.
The winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold, Silver, Bronze and Next Generation 1st prize all presented their projects which all have a focus on community building and empowerment, with a strong focus on engaging women in the process of building and improving the lives of future generations.
Daniel O. Manduku who has practised architecture for more than 20 years, was deeply impressed by the projects and the high level of product innovation that leverages traditional materials and processes. He urged professionals, especially young professionals and students in Kenya, to include sustainability according to the “target issues” of the Foundation in their designs and - expressed his hope that there would not only be more architectural projects entered from Kenya but also projects addressing the urgent need for sustainable urban planning in the country.