Indonesia has an enviable record when it comes to the LafargeHolcim Awards – and the current cycle has been no exception with an Awards Silver, Acknowledgement prize and Next Generation prize all heading to Indonesia. In addition to a media conference, a forum attended by architects, students and construction professionals illustrated the positive impacts of sustainable design – and raised awareness of the LafargeHolcim Awards competition in the process.
The reception in Jakarta featured presentations by the prize-winning teams as well as former Awards jury member Professor of Architecture Gunawan Tjahjono from the University of Indonesia. "The LafargeHolcim Awards supports professionals and students who are focussed on building a better future," he said.
Daliana Suryawinata from SHAU, whose "micro library" project that creatively promotes literacy and community across Indonesia and won the LafargeHolcim Awards Silver, was proud of Indonesia's achievement in the competition. "The competition creates a special place for architecture that benefits the community," she said.
An Acknowledgement prize went to Kamil Muhammad of pppooolll, for an organic farm and vocational center on the outskirts of Jakarta metropolitan region. "This prize confirms our approach in going in the right direction," he said.
Next Generation prize-winner Andi Subagio from SASO emphasised the impact of the Awards competition: "Nothing compares to the LafargeHolcim Awards in terms of exposure and publicity – especially for young professionals eager to meet with experts," he said.
The winners of the writing competition for journalists and photo-journalists were also celebrated at the event. The writing competition was conducted during the Awards entry period and announcement of results to encourage media engagement with the LafargeHolcim Awards, and through this build interest in approaches to sustainable construction across Indonesia.