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May 05, 2017 | Statement of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation | Zurich, Switzerland

Statement of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation on Infrastructure, “The Wall” and Sustainability
Statement of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation on Infrastructure, “The Wall” and …

Considering current debates on the possible erection of a wall along the border of the United States and Mexico, the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction would like to draw attention to an essay by urban geographer Michael Dear on the historical development of the borderland between the two countries – also against the backdrop that members of the Board of the Foundation consider the project to be profoundly unsustainable.

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April 04, 2017 | 5th LafargeHolcim Awards competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in sustainable design
Diversity of entries from across all regions in most significant global competition in …

The 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards competition for projects and visions in sustainable construction closed at the end of March 2017. From a total of 5,085 entries by authors in 121 countries, 70% are valid and will be examined by independent juries in five world regions. The winners will be announced in the fourth quarter of the year, where seven Main Awards and four Next Generation prizes carrying a purse of USD 330,000 will be presented in each region.

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March 16, 2017 | Project Update | Abingdon, United Kingdom

Routledge publishes “The Fabric Formwork Book” by Mark West
Routledge publishes “The Fabric Formwork Book” by Mark West

“The Fabric Formwork Book: Methods for Building New Architectural and Structural Forms in Concrete” is the first comprehensive monograph on the emerging technology of flexible molds for reinforced concrete architecture. 

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March 10, 2017 | Project update | Yuba City, CA, USA

Sustainable design across the entire life cycle for Swift Lee Office’s modular school buildings
Sustainable design across the entire life cycle for Swift Lee Office’s modular school buildings

Swift Lee Office’s Net Zero Energy (NZE) High-Performing School Prototype has been successfully built on three sites in California. SLO is now a contender to design and manufacture the prototype classroom buildings for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at various school sites, where it is shifting the discussion on building cost away from the short term to examine sustainability across the building’s life cycle.

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March 09, 2017 | Book Launch | Jakarta, Indonesia

Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students
Free translation of “Greening Asia” already shared with over 300 students

A free translation of “Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani has already been shared with over 300 students. The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction and Holcim Indonesia co-sponsored the translation into Bahasa Indonesia launched in Jakarta and Bandung.

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February 23, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Chittagong, Bangladesh

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

Winning a LafargeHolcim Awards Next Generation prize has had a significant impact on Meriem Chabani, a young French-Algerian architect: “It has given rise to publications and brought us numerous invitations to present this work,” she explains in an interview series by French/English magazine L’Architecture d’Aujhourd’hui (‘A’A’).

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February 22, 2017 | Project Update | Huasco, Chile

A tower of strength
A tower of strength

The spiralling towers created by Alberto Fernández and Susana Ortega capture the moisture from the clouds of the “Camanchaca”, a coastal fog originating from the anticyclone of the Pacific. The towers are planned for the dry coastal fringe of Chile where agriculture is constrained by water scarcity. Since winning a Next Generation prize in 2008, the concept has been further developed with funding from the Chilean Government and from the United Nations. The construction of the towers was adapted from the original design to interconnect the structure and the fabric, which accelerates the construction process.

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February 21, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Medellín, Colombia

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

2015, was certainly a year to remember for Colectivo720. After winning the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Latin America in 2014, architects Mario Camargo and Luis Tombé, together with Juan Calle and Horacio Valencia of EPM Group, won the Global LafargeHolcim Award Gold the year after.

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February 20, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Las Vegas, NV, USA

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) interviewed American designers Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor of Water Pore Partnership who won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2014 for their Poreform project. Their approach repositions water infrastructure as a civic project: using a water absorptive surface and subterranean basin to capture rain runoff that adds over 75,000 megaliters to the water supply capacity of Las Vegas, USA. Capable of rapid saturation and slow release, the flood-control pores of this “urban skin” are inlets to a new infrastructure that reframes water as a valuable resource rather than a liability.

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February 18, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Berlin, Germany

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) discussed their iconic Flussbad project with Jan and Tim Edler from Berlin-based realities:united studio. The architects won two LafargeHolcim Awards (LafargeHolcim Award Gold for Europe in 2011, Global LafargeHolcim Award Bronze in 2012) for their project located in the centre of Berlin that aims to transform an unused arm of the River Spree into a natural “swimming pool”.

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February 17, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Madrid, Spain

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) talked to Hani Jaber about the impact of the Award on his work as an architect – which takes key social problems into consideration while offering appropriate design solutions to address specific issues at hand.

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February 16, 2017 | Book Launch | Jakarta, Indonesia

Free translation of “Greening Asia” offered by LafargeHolcim Foundation and Holcim Indonesia
Free translation of “Greening Asia” offered by LafargeHolcim Foundation and Holcim Indonesia

“Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture” by Nirmal Kishnani is one of the standard handbooks for building professionals, developers, operators, and academia. It aims to encourage sustainable design that addresses the diverse needs of the region and its people by reporting on over 30 recent projects throughout Asia that go “beyond green”. 

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February 16, 2017 | ‘A’A’ Interview | Zurich, Switzerland

Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui
Interview with L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (‘A’A’) asked Lluis Enrique more about his research and the impact of winning a LafargeHolcim Awards prize on his work. A research project conducted by Povilas Cepaitis, Lluis Enrique, Diego Ordoñez and Carlos Piles, a team of students from the AA School of Architecture in London received a regional and global LafargeHolcim Awards prize in 2011/12.

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February 10, 2017 | LafargeHolcim Start-Up Accelerator | Lyon, France

Supporting new solutions and rewarding innovation
Supporting new solutions and rewarding innovation

LafargeHolcim will launch a Start-Up Accelerator to offer young companies on-site accommodation and the use of the facilities at the industry's leading Research & Development Center in Lyon, France.

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January 30, 2017 | 5th LafargeHolcim Awards competition | Zurich, Switzerland

Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition
Countdown to close of entries in USD 2 million sustainable design competition

Entries in the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards will close on March 21, 2017. The competition seeks projects at an advanced stage of design from the fields of architecture, building and civil engineering; landscape and urban design; as well as materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards also feature a Next Generation category for visions and ideas of young professionals and students.

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January 21, 2017 | Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” by Ruby Press | Berlin, Germany

Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” – the book on the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum
Public debate to launch “Infrastructure Space” – the book on the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum

All-female line-up at The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory (ANCB) in Berlin: Introduced by Dunya Bouchi, Managing Director of ANCB, and Ilka Ruby, Partner at Ruby Press, the architects Nancy Couling, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Sarah Nichols presented case studies and discussed the role of architects in researching and designing infrastructure to mark the launch of Infrastructure Space. The 420-page book edited by Ilka & Andreas Ruby contains a collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction as well as a visual atlas compiled by Something Fantastic.

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January 17, 2017 | Book Launch & Public Debate | Berlin, Germany

Book launch and public debate at AEDES Forum, Berlin on Friday, January 20, 2017
Book launch and public debate at AEDES Forum, Berlin on Friday, January 20, 2017

A collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum on “Infrastructure Space” will be launched in Berlin on Friday January 20, 2017. Infrastructure networks determine the structure of buildings, cities and metropolitan regions. Taking this critical leverage into consideration, this book calls for expanding and renegotiating the roles of infrastructure not only as a technical, but also as a political, economic, social, and even aesthetic matter of concern for all in achieving a more sustainable way of life. 

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January 11, 2017 | “Target Issues” – People | Zurich, Switzerland

How community consultation contributes to sustainability
How community consultation contributes to sustainability

Focusing on “people-centered performance” is important for increasing sustainability of the built environment. One of the five “target issues” created by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is “PEOPLE”. The “target issues” are used in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition to evaluate and compare all entries. The human factor of sustainability is supported by projects that reflect a sensitive understanding of their unique social and political contexts, and generate the potential for long-lasting positive impacts on the local community.

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January 05, 2017 | Perspectives – The Droneport Project | Madrid, Spain

“The geometry was
a challenge in itself”
“The geometry was
a challenge in itself”

The scion of a family of masons going back several generations, Carlos Martín Jiménez is an expert in the ancient technique of tile-vault construction. He talks about building the first two Droneport prototypes.

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December 19, 2016 | Perspectives – The Droneport Project | Lyon, France

We’re working on a level of technology that’s as light as possible
We’re working on a level of technology that’s as light as possible

Among the teams that developed the Droneport, LafargeHolcim was responsible for the compressed-earth Durabrics which, combined with traditional fired clay tiles, were used to build the first prototypes. Ivan Serclérat, Technical Support Manager at the LafargeHolcim Research Centre, explains the challenges they faced.

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