Four prizes were awarded in the increasingly popular Next Generation category for students and professionals up to 30 years. This category seeks visionary projects and bold ideas, and gives young professionals public exposure and a platform to gain recognition. For the first time in the history of the LafargeHolcim Awards, more projects were submitted in the Next Generation category than in the main category. The first and the third Next Generation prizes went to teams from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina. In first place were Stefano Romagnoli, Juan Cruz Serafini, and Tomás Pont Apóstolo, with a large-scale plan to harness tidal energy on the coast of Punta Loyola, Argentina. Their colleagues Ángela Ferrero, María Augustina Nieto, María Belén Pizarro, Seizen Uehara, and Lucía Uribe Echevarria were awarded for their Service Point Towers, with which they plan to offer services mainly for underprivileged residents of Latin American cities. The second prize went to Boris Lefevre from France. In Cerro de Pasco in Peru, he aims to unite two incompatible functions in one building: sewage treatment and public baths. The fourth prize went to Alejandro Vargas Marulanda, Daniel Felipe Zuluaga Londoño, and Iojann Restrepo García from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín, Colombia, for their design for flexible-use telecommunication towers in their city.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
Addressing the potential ramifications of human-induced climate change on the natural environment, the authors propose an infrastructure for the use of tidal energy in Río Gallegos estuary at Punta Loyola in Argentina. Impressive in its territorial and geographic dimension, the project transcends the scales normally associated with the domains of architecture. This said, the design nonetheless is treated as an architectural intervention within the landscape, carefully designed as a figure drawn on water to incorporate a range of functions for humans, while providing an environment suitable for flora and fauna – a project merging infrastructure, landscape, and architecture in a magnificent natural setting.Read more » más información (Spanish) »
Planet – Climate change, we architects can (must) help
Today, about 97% of the energy generated is from nonrenewable sources, and although by the end of the century the population is expected to grow considerably, technological advances of recent times show a clear intention to harness world resources in a clean and efficient way. The sea represents 71% of the planet’s surface and one of the greatest potential of energy generation, despite being one of the less studied fields. This is why Global Energy Landscapes takes as a model the development of tidal energy, in one of the highest tidal range coasts in the world, Río Gallegos estuary, located in one of the greatest natural reserves, the Patagonia. The isolation of the lagoon allows eradicating any environmental impact on the coasts, marine migration and ecological system.
Place – Territory as a sustainable operative landscape
Our project proposes to understand the landscape as an operative platform of systems and networks that allow human existence, in the same way that happens with the infrastructures that give life to our cities. In the era of the megalopolis, of continuous consumption and the industrial state, infrastructures acquire a new degree of visibility and complexity; being responsible for connecting human and environmental spheres. It is through this understanding that we intend to transcend the appropriation of the current infrastructural typologies to develop a proposal that uses the LANDSCAPE AS OPERATIVE LAND. Consequently, the new water infrastructure is the result of multiple studies about natural logic of the estuary, including its natural reserves, ecology and vitality.
Progress – New research method of multiple scale projects
As architects, our strongest strategy was to introduce MINIMAL components in a TERRITORIAL scale project, forming networks in order to achieve the domestication of these new infrastructures. Based on our research, we defined a specific method to tackle projects that focuses on 21st Century issues:
1. Incorporating a multiplicity of scales.
2. Understanding natural biophysical processes.
3. Relegating the place of man in himself, and position it within the ecosystem.
4. Change the concept of occupation, by the one of symbiosis.
5. Find in nature and its components, the order of architecture.
6. Redefining standardization: the uniqueness of the infrastructure as a closed system, designed exclusively in efficiency and economy.