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Universidad Nacional de Córdoba reception for LafargeHolcim Awards winning teams

In the recent LafargeHolcim Awards for Latin America, the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC) continued its unrivalled success, taking out the first and third prizes in the Next Generation category of the world’s most significant competition in sustainable design. A reception to celebrate the success of UNC students was held at the Faculty of Architecture, Urban & Industrial Design (FAUD) to congratulate the students, present their concepts on sustainability, and promote sustainable construction in Argentina.

The top prize for the Next Generation category for university students and young professionals went to a concept for a Tidal Energy Landscape where Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini and Tomás Pont Apóstolo propose an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in the Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola. Third prize for a series of Public Facility Towers that deliver an array of services for low-income populations as well as to increase social interaction among citizens went to Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara and Lucía Uribe Echevarria.

Representatives of FAUD, the Association of Architects of Córdoba, and the Construction Chamber of Argentina gathered together on Friday, November 3 with the winning teams and Mariela Marchisio, Dean of Architecture, who had accompanied the teams to the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony in Costa Rica. The winning teams presented their projects after a welcome breakfast. The event was hosted by Holcim Argentina, the Country operations of competition sponsor LafargeHolcim, represented by Belén Daghero and Laura Marina Gomez.

Posters of the winning project were exhibited in the Aula Magna of the FAUD. UNC has an enviable record in the LafargeHolcim Awards: students of the UNC have won more prizes in the Next Generation category than from any other university worldwide.

Universidad Nacional de Córdoba winners of LafargeHolcim Awards prizes

LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize 2017 Latin America
Territorial Figure: Tidal energy landscape, Punta Loyola, Argentina
Infrastructure-landscape project for the generation of electric power based on tidal flow in the Río Gallegos estuary.
By Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini, and Tomás Pont Apóstolo, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 3rd prize 2017 Latin America
Service Points: Public facility towers, Córdoba, Argentina
Transferable and adaptable structures providing public amenities in underserviced and typically marginalized neighborhoods of Latin American cities.
By Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara, and Lucía Uribe Echevarria, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize 2014 Latin America
Fruit Salad: Riverside urban infrastructure redeployment, Manaus, Brazil
To alleviate problems associated with flooding, the project proposes to transfer the activities currently on the fragmented waterfront to a floating platform in the river.
By Christian Barrera, Alejandro Gerardo Alaniz, Ivan Gabriel Baez and Patricio Francisco Cuello, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 3rd prize 2014 Latin America
Den-City: Urban regeneration through densification, Córdoba, Argentina
Multipliable buildings for flexible use are proposed, including a range of provisions to reduce the environmental impact of the project.
By Lucía Zunino and Maya Karenina Wilberger, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation 1st prize 2011 Latin America
Energy self-sufficient water desalination facility, Córdoba, Argentina
Project depicts a positive turnaround with the beginning of a new cycle – beginning with action, evolution and innovation, reaching for a more sustainable architecture.
By Mauro Ivan Barrio, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina.

Last Updated: November 07, 2017
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