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.
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.