LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

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The Commons

Participatory urban neighborhood

This masterplan for a 10-hectare sustainable urban neighborhood applies democratic principles of governance, communication, and participation. The brownfield site redevelopment creates a continuous grid of gardens upon which the various occupants place structures from stand-alone houses to multi-family apartment buildings.

The physical and social development has low environmental impact and creates a porous fabric that enables collective space while furthering ownership capacity-building.

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“The green space defines the structure”
Global finalist project entry 2015 - The Commons
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
“Sustainability? Co-existence with the natural environment” - Luis Basabe Montalvo
Bronze for participatory urban neighborhood in Vienna, Austria
“The focus on questions of procedures, including stakeholder participation and its effects on physical form, is to be commended” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 Europe - The Commons
Project Details
Vienna, Austria
Enrique Arenas Laorga
Main Author
Enrique Arenas Laorga
Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos, Spain
Luis Basabe Montalvo
Main Author
Luis Basabe Montalvo
Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos, Spain
Luis Palacios Labrador
Main Author
Luis Palacios Labrador
Arenas Basabe Palacios arquitectos, Spain
Andreas Käfer
Further Author
Andreas Käfer
Traffix Verkehrsplanung , Austria
Bronze 2014
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The Commons: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Europe – Project Overview
The Commons: Holcim Awards Bronze 2014 for Europe – Project Overview

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