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Fourth Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2014/2015
Fourth Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2014/2015

The Holcim Awards competition has become an internationally-recognized standard bearer of the values of sustainability. The newly-published book Fourth Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2014/2015 presents an overview of the current global status of innovative approaches that meet societal needs, promote an economy of means and address ecological footprints.

This cycle’s winning…

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‘A’A’ presents Selected Projects / Morceaux Choisis – Holcim Awards 2014
‘A’A’ presents Selected Projects / Morceaux Choisis – Holcim Awards 2014

A special issue of leading contemporary architecture magazine ‘A’A’ L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui features Selected Projects/Morceaux Choisis from the winners of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions. The examples show how attitudes towards sustainability have transformed and were selected and appraised by the Executive Editor…

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Machen! – Die Deutschen Gewinner der Holcim Awards 2011/2012
Machen! – Die Deutschen Gewinner der Holcim Awards 2011/2012

Nachhaltiges Bauen ist mehr als Solarpaneele auf dem Dach oder eine Wärmepumpe im Keller. Um neue Konzepte für eine nachhaltige Architektur und Stadtentwicklung zu finden, müssen Architekten mehr leisten, als auf bewährte Systeme und geprüfte Tabellen zurückzugreifen. Nachhaltigkeit ist eine große Unbekannte, die stets aufs Neue erforscht werden will – ein Lernprozess. Wie aber kann man…

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Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2011/2012
Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2011/2012

How buildings and infrastructure are designed, constructed and used has a critical impact on the planet. The newly-published book Third Holcim Awards – Sustainable Construction 2011/2012 presents innovative approaches and integrated solutions that meet societal needs and address environmental performance and ecological footprints.

The projects also show how economic efficiency can be…

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Second Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction 2008/2009
Second Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction 2008/2009

The book commemorates the second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition 2008/09 and features in-depth articles, photographic presentations and interviews on the 15 projects from all regions of the world that qualified for the Global Holcim Awards 2009, and project descriptions of all 52 projects that received Awards, Acknowledgement or “Next Generation” prizes in the regional Holcim…

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First Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction 2005/2006
First Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction 2005/2006

The book commemorates the first cycle of the Holcim Awards competition 2005/06 and provides a snapshot of the global state of sustainable construction, including expert contributions and descriptions of all 46 prize-winning Holcim Awards projects – and thus illustrates that sustainable construction is important in every country, takes many forms, operates at many scales, incorporates…

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SYMPOSIUM BOOKS

Forum 2016 – Infrastructure Space – Detroit
Forum 2016 – Infrastructure Space – Detroit

Forum 2016 – Infrastructure Space is fully dedicated to the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction that focussed on the topic of Infrastructure Space and was held in Detroit. The publication provides an overview of the event that brought together some 300 leading thinkers from architecture, civil engineering, urban planning, social science, business, and industry from 40…

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Forum 2016 – Infrastructure Space – Detroit (Ruby Press)
Forum 2016 – Infrastructure Space – Detroit (Ruby Press)

Infrastructure Space is a collection of 25 essays inspired by the 5th LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction on the theme of “Infrastructure Space” held in Detroit, USA in April 2016.

Is infrastructure but the plumbing and wiring of the human environment, or is it the true lifeblood of the spaces we inhabit? Infrastructural systems facilitate the flow of anything from people and…

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Roundtable 2015 – Re-materializing Construction - Einsiedeln (preliminary publication)
Roundtable 2015 – Re-materializing Construction - Einsiedeln (preliminary publication)

2nd Holcim Roundtable for Sustainable Construction

June 28 to July 1, 2015, Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Re-materializing Construction is the draft outcome of the first and second Holcim Roundtable for Sustainable Construction, a series of two-day meetings with some of the world’s foremost thinkers on sustainability in the construction sector.

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Roundtable 2014 – Re-materializing Construction – Boston (expert abstracts)
Roundtable 2014 – Re-materializing Construction – Boston (expert abstracts)

1st Holcim Roundtable for Sustainable Construction

June 30 to July 2, 2014, MIT Endicott House, Boston, MA, USA

The Roundtable brought together experts from different fields – material scientists, engineers, architects, sociologists, historians, policy makers, and industry leaders – to devise a clear agenda for retooling and reorienting construction towards a more sustainable future.

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Forum 2013 – Economy of Sustainable Construction – Mumbai (Ruby Press)
Forum 2013 – Economy of Sustainable Construction – Mumbai (Ruby Press)

Inspired by the 4th International Holcim Forum, Mumbai, India

The Economy of Sustainable Construction examines how sustainability can deliver a robust response to fiscal challenges. The book evaluates current architectural practices and models, and also introduces materials and methods to maximize the environmental, social, and economic performance of buildings.

Contained within its 400…

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Forum 2013 – Economy of Sustainable Construction – Mumbai
Forum 2013 – Economy of Sustainable Construction – Mumbai

July 2013
Economy of Sustainable Construction was the central focus of the 4th International Holcim Forum for 380 specialists. This new publication provides an overview of some of the great challenges to help realign the foucs on the essential topic of Economy of Sustainable Construction.

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1st edition
80 pages
Paperback
Language: English

ISBN: 978-7266-0097-6

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Forum 2010 – Re-inventing Construction – Mexico City (Ruby Press)
Forum 2010 – Re-inventing Construction – Mexico City (Ruby Press)

Inspired by the 3rd International Holcim Forum 2010, Mexico City

How must architecture, engineering and construction evolve so that sustainability is automatically embedded in the way the built environment is designed, constructed, used and recycled? This challenging question was the nucleus of the 3rd International Holcim Forum held in Mexico City and inspiration for Re-inventing…

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Forum 2010 – Re-inventing Construction – Mexico City
Forum 2010 – Re-inventing Construction – Mexico City

To discuss the re-thinking of construction – and to inspire steps forward by the discussion – the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction invited 270 specialists from 39 countries to Mexico City for the 3rd International Holcim Forum. For three days the architects, engineers, urban planners, natural and social scientists, and representatives of business, politics, and society…

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Forum 2007 – Urban_Trans_Formation – Shanghai (Ruby Press)
Forum 2007 – Urban_Trans_Formation – Shanghai (Ruby Press)

“Tell me what is urban for you and I can tell you who you are"

Clearly, the very notion of “urban” is arguably one of the hot topics of contemporary culture; it has become the synonym of cool and serves as a Zeitgeist indicator of lifestyle, music, food, fashion, and design.

Yet precisely what “urban” means in regard to urbanism and the city has become increasingly blurred. Depending on…

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Forum 2007 – Urban_Trans_Formation – Shanghai
Forum 2007 – Urban_Trans_Formation – Shanghai

This publication provides a useful "generalist" overview on the Holcim Forum 2007, held in Shanghai, China. It targets a broad audience, as a means of raising awareness in terms of the topic of urban transformation. It contains information on speakers, themes, workshops and participants, as well as general information on the activities of the 2-day event.

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Forum 2004 – Basic Needs – Zurich
Forum 2004 – Basic Needs – Zurich

Over 120 experts from around the world met to exchange information and experience relating to sustainable construction and thus contribute to sustainable development. The numerous contributions, discussions, lectures, and findings were documented into a book. In a lengthy interview the Portuguese star architect Eduardo Souto de Moura explains how sustainability played into the design of…

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CONSTRUCTION EXAMPLES

‘A’A’ Perspectives – The Droneport Project
‘A’A’ Perspectives – The Droneport Project

A special issue of AA: L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui dedicated to the self-supporting structure of compressed earth bricks examines the multiple layers where sustainability is embedded by leading architects and designers. Beyond the architectural form of the geometrical vault, the Droneport illustrates the advantages of interdisciplinary thinking to address the challenges of supplying…

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Showcasing sustainable construction: Collector’s box
Showcasing sustainable construction: Collector’s box

The Foundation publishes booklets on exemplary sustainable construction projects that illustrate architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life beyond technical solutions. The box set contains:

Office building in Costa Rica on the head office building of Holcim Costa Rica that reduces energy through natural lighting and ventilation, achieving this at a relatively modest cost, while…

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Benny Farm and Rosemont: Community-inspired housing in Canada
Benny Farm and Rosemont: Community-inspired housing in Canada

This book examines two progressive and influential projects by Montreal-based architects l’OEUF. The approach to changing the way communities are designed and built tracks progress on the redevelopment of Benny Farm, the first ever Global Holcim Awards Bronze winner from 2006, a follow-up project at Rosemont, and plans for the forthcoming Bois Ellen Cooperative Residence.

The described…

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Le Centre de la conservation de l’UICN à Gland, en Suisse
Le Centre de la conservation de l’UICN à Gland, en Suisse

Résumé
L’UICN a exigé que le Centre de la conservation soit conçu et construit dans le respect des normes écologiques les plus strictes… tout à fait adapté à une organisation qui œuvre pour la protection de la nature. La structure du bâtiment est une véritable vitrine des technologies modernes et naissantes du béton : béton faible en CO2, béton recyclé, béton précontraint, béton isolant,…

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IUCN Conservation Centre in Gland, Switzerland
IUCN Conservation Centre in Gland, Switzerland

IUCN insisted that the Conservation Centre be designed and constructed to meet the highest standards of sustainability – of course fitting for an organization committed to the protection of nature. The IUCN Conservation Centre uses only 20 percent of the electricity consumed by a conventional building of its size and creates an exceptional indoor atmosphere that promotes social integrity…

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Producing cement in the desert
Producing cement in the desert

The Hermosillo cement plant sets new standards for safety design, thermal efficiency, water efficiency, and environmental stewardship. The administrative building at the Hermosillo plant is a regional landmark of sustainable construction. The most notable of its many green features are the 200-kilowatt photovoltaic system, the largest such commercial installation in Mexico, and the…

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University building in France – Nantes School of Architecture
University building in France – Nantes School of Architecture

The Nantes School of Architecture is generous, adaptable, and multi-functional. Its additional unprogrammed spaces, which were not included in the original brief, open the building up to appropriation, and allow it to remain structurally relevant through the present and well into the future.

Lacaton & Vassal Architects more than doubled the school’s usable surface area from 12,500 to…

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MAS Intimates Thurulie - Clothing factory in Sri Lanka
MAS Intimates Thurulie - Clothing factory in Sri Lanka

MAS Intimates Thurulie is a visionary departure from a standard factory. It claims to be the world’s first clothing factory powered solely by carbon-neutral sources. Energy consumption is 25% lower than comparable factories, and consumption of potable water about half the norm.

To reduce embodied energy in the building, the main exterior walls are made of compressed stabilized earth…

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Development Alternatives world headquarters - Office building in India
Development Alternatives world headquarters - Office building in India

Development Alternatives head office building in New Delhi is a showcase of traditional, environmentally efficient construction materials and systems that can be economically developed for low-energy mass production and adopted by the mainstream building industry, especially in developing countries.

In an interview within the book, internationally-renowned architect and designer of the…

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Tsoga Environmental Center - Community center in South Africa
Tsoga Environmental Center - Community center in South Africa

Tsoga Environmental Center is a community-service and recycling facility situated in a poverty-stricken informal settlement of Cape Town where the need for a normal community center pales in comparison to widespread socioeconomic despair. The design team in Cape Town applied a formal methodology for sustainable construction to achieve far more than just the creation of a new building.

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Eawag Forum Chriesbach, Switzerland - Research center in Switzerland
Eawag Forum Chriesbach, Switzerland - Research center in Switzerland

Forum Chriesbach, the research center of Eawag the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz) proves that green buildings can be high-tech, cost effective, highly functional and beautiful. The building has won four Swiss awards for innovation, energy efficiency, daylighting and solar design.

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Edificio de oficinas en Costa Rica
Edificio de oficinas en Costa Rica

Sede principal de Holcim Costa Rica en San José es una huida de las normas, y el diseño del emplazamiento tiene un mérito eclógioco más allá de cualqier edificio des oficinas.

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1st edition
56 pages
14.8 cm x 21.0 cm
Paperback
Language: English

ISBN-13: 978-3-7266-0075-4

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Office building in Costa Rica
Office building in Costa Rica

The head office building of Holcim Costa Rica, a recognized example of sustainable construction, is used to explain the Holcim Foundation’s five “target issues” with reference to the project completed in 2004. The office building was conceived to provide a comfortable indoor environment using passive means instead of mechanical means such as air conditioning.

The building was named one of…

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FOUNDATION MAGAZINES

Foundations 19 – Infrastructure Space
Foundations 19 – Infrastructure Space

July 2016
The latest edition of Foundations, the magazine of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, is fully dedicated to the 5th International Forum for Sustainable Construction that focussed on the topic of Infrastructure Space and was held in Detroit. The publication provides an overview of the event that brought together some 300 leading thinkers from architecture, civil engineering, urban…

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Foundations 18 – Global Awards 2015
Foundations 18 – Global Awards 2015

December 2015

Foundations 18 features insights into the Global Awards 2015 handovers in Medellín, Colombia; Ambepussa, Sri Lanka; and New York, USA as well as the 2nd Roundtable and first ever Awards Lab. The Foundation’s initiatives compliment the ambition of LafargeHolcim to drive sustainable solutions for better building and infrastructure, to contribute to a higher quality of life,…

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Foundations 1 – Why the Foundation was established
Foundations 1 – Why the Foundation was established

June 2004

Holcim established the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in December 2003 to take a more active role in the discussion and directly promote sustainable construction. The most prominent activity of the Holcim Foundation is the global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, a global competition that recognizes outstanding construction projects.

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Foundations 17 – Regional Awards 2014
Foundations 17 – Regional Awards 2014

December 2014

Foundations 17 captures the most exciting moments of the regional Holcim Awards ceremonies 2014 at which 62 winners out of more than 6,100 project entries were honored with prizes. The prize-handovers took place in Moscow, Toronto, Medellín, Beirut and Jakarta.

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Foundations 16 – 4th International Holcim Awards
Foundations 16 – 4th International Holcim Awards

August 2014

Foundations 16 is dedicated to providing a glimpse behind the scenes of the 4th International Holcim Awards competition: promotion, project entry, jury evaluation, and prize hand-overs. With a wide range of promotional events and the support of Holcim Group companies, the number of entries reached a new record: by the close of entries 6,103 projects had been submitted in the…

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Foundations 15 – Economy of Sustainable Construction
Foundations 15 – Economy of Sustainable Construction

July 2013
“Economy of Sustainable Construction” was the central focus of the 4th International Holcim Forum for 380 specialists. This new publication provides an overview of some of the great challenges to help realign the focus on the essential topic of “Economy of Sustainable Construction”.

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Product Information
1st edition
80 pages
Paperback
Language: English

ISBN: 978-7266-0097-6

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Foundations 14 – Celebrating global prizes
Foundations 14 – Celebrating global prizes

January 2013
"Foundations 14" is dedicated to the activities of the Holcim Foundation over the past year including the Global Holcim Awards Gold prize hand-over that took place in December 2012 in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The winning project by Diébédo Francis Kéré is exemplary in terms of all facets of sustainability - and illustrates how "the seeds we plant today are that which will…

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Foundations 13 – And the winners are…
Foundations 13 – And the winners are…

December 2011
Foundations 13 is dedicated to the groundbreaking projects showcased in the regional Holcim Awards 2011 presentations. From some 6,000 submissions, the best were celebrated at five two-day events held in Casablanca, Milan, Buenos Aires, Washington D.C. and Singapore.

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Foundations 11 – “Re-inventing construction”
Foundations 11 – “Re-inventing construction”

July 2010
Rethinking the way we build was the central focus of the 3rd International Holcim Forum for 270 specialists from 39 countries. This new publication provides an overview of some of the great challenges to reorient construction economically, ecologically, and socially.

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Foundations 10
Foundations 10

November 2009
The second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition ended with an exciting climax. The
four global prizes were conferred at handover events in Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City, Fez,
and San Francisco.

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Foundations 9
Foundations 9

December 2008
The second regional Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been presented. At ceremonies in Madrid, Montreal, Mexico City, Marrakech, and New Delhi, the best 52 of about 5,000 submitted construction projects and visions for a sustainable future were recognized.

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Foundations 8
Foundations 8

April 2008
Even the greatest expectations were exceeded. In the second cycle of the Holcim Awards competition, architects, engineers, planners and students from over 90 countries submitted a total of 4,774 construction projects and visions designed to prompt the different responses needed to make such a future achievable.

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Foundations 7
Foundations 7

April 2007
Shanghai was the ideal venue for the Holcim Forum on Urban_Trans_Formation. The Chinese city is a unique laboratory for urban development. In no other city in the world is the speed of development so dizzying – and the urban forms so diverse.

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Foundations 6
Foundations 6

November 2006
The Holcim Foundation took on a distinct profile during the first 3-year cycle – and continues to develop, promoting sustainable construction worldwide at a high level.

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Foundations 5
Foundations 5

May 2006
The first cycle of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction came to a furious finale in the Thai capital city of Bangkok – with a colorful fireworks display, many smiling winners, and 700 enthusiastic guests from over 50 countries. Two global Holcim Awards Gold, a Silver, and a Bronze Award were presented for construction projects in Venezuela, Germany, Italy and Canada.

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Foundations 4
Foundations 4

November 2005
The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been celebrated for the first time ever: at ceremonies in Geneva, Boston, Beijing, Johannesburg, and Rio de Janeiro the authors and 46 teams behind the best submitted projects were recognized with regional Holcim Awards as well as Acknowledgement and Encouragement prizes.

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Foundations 3
Foundations 3

February 2005
Entries for the first Holcim Awards competition must be finalized only a few weeks' time.

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Foundations 2
Foundations 2

October 2004

The Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction is more than just an idea now: on September 16 and 17, 2004 it held the first Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction at, and with the cooperation of, ETH Zurich. 120 experts from around the world took part, showing that the importance of sustainability in construction is recognized everywhere.

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FOUNDATION LEAFLET

LafargeHolcim Foundation – At a glance
LafargeHolcim Foundation – At a glance

The "At a glance" leaflet presents a brief overview of the organization and the initiatives of the Foundation including its Awards competitions, academic symposiums and exemplary publications on sustainable construction.

The LafargeHolcim Foundation selects and supports initiatives that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence and enhanced quality of life…

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MISCELLANEOUS

Cast on Cast – Innovativ, effizient und nachhaltig
Cast on Cast – Innovativ, effizient und nachhaltig

Die LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction fördert Forschung und Innovation im nachhaltigen Bauen. Zu den globalen Awards Preisgewinnern  zählt CASTonCAST: Das System vereinfacht den Bau geometrisch komplexer Formen mit Beton und wird an der ETH Zürich von Lluis Enrique vom Reissbrett in die Realität überführt.

This publication is only available in German

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Architecture to connect visitors to nature and one another

LafargeHolcim Awards Global Gold winner Francis Kéré continues to create work that lives up to the “target issues” of sustainable construction and captures international imagination. His Serpentine Pavilion has opened in London, with a…

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The rehabilitation program included rainwater collection, gray water filtration and …

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Since 2003 the Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction through its international Awards …