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).
The Global Ideas prize was handed-over to project authors Juan Cruz Serafini and Tomás Pont at an event organized by Holcim Argentina to coincide with a national trade fair in Córdoba. The third project author, Stefano Romagnoli, is studying in the USA and was represented by his parents.
The operational company of LafargeHolcim in Argentina celebrated the winning team at an event with customers, representatives of professional organizations and authorities, as well as the media. Carlos Espina, CEO of Holcim Argentina, emphasized the overall importance of sustainability in the building industry and the according commitment of LafargeHolcim on global and local levels. Mariela Marchisio, Dean of Architecture, and Alejandro Cohen, architecture professor at UNC, both expressed their pride in the international success achieved by their students.
Angelo Bucci (Brazil, pictured left), head of the LafargeHolcim Awards jury for Latin America in 2017 and architecture professor at the University of São Paulo and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussed the global prize-winning student project as well as the differences between building codes and regulations in Brazil, Argentina and Switzerland based on examples from his architecture practice. By invitation of Holcim Argentina, Bucci also lectured at Palermo University and at the Professional Council of Architects & Urbanism in Buenos Aires – highlighting the contribution of the LafargeHolcim Awards to promoting sustainable design and construction not only with students and young practitioners, but also along the entire value chain of the industry.
The Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation stated that “Tidal Energy Landscape”, an infrastructure project for the generation of electric power based on tidal currents in Punta Loyola in Argentina, “offers exciting and novel ideas within a proposal that is not yet fully exploited.” The project authors were rewarded with a two-year Research in Practice Grant by the LafargeHolcim Foundation to further develop their ideas while pursuing their individual professional careers.