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Francis Kéré receives first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition
Francis Kéré receives first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition

The first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition Middle East Africa goes to Kéré Architecture, Berlin, Germany, for “Secondary school with passive ventilation system,” a project that earned the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2012. The jury was impressed by its “beauty and innovative architectural concept and example for new sustainable construction from a materials and technology perspective.” Today, the secondary school is reality for hundreds of children and standing the test of time.

Reel to Real: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa – Project Overview
Reel to Real: Acknowledgement 2017 Middle East Africa – Project Overview

Film training center in East Africa conceived as a cinematic series of spaces wrapped in brick and intended to empower a new generation of filmmakers to see and narrate their experiences for a global audience.

Weaving and Stamping: LafargeHolcim Awards Silver 2017 Middle East Africa – Project Overview
Weaving and Stamping: LafargeHolcim Awards Silver 2017 Middle East Africa – Project Overview

Learning complex in the village of Aït Benhaddou in Morocco uses architecture, form, and space to claim artisanship and handiwork as living and modern traditions.

Making the trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards
Making the trophies of the LafargeHolcim Awards

This year’s LafargeHolcim Awards trophies are a visual and tangible example of what can be created through sustainable thinking and a passion for innovation. LafargeHolcim products Ductal and Airium are fittingly appropriate eco-efficient materials for the LafargeHolcim Awards, which celebrate innovation and excellence in sustainable construction. So the world builds better.

Regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2017 Asia Pacific – Melbourne School of Design
Regional LafargeHolcim Awards jury meeting 2017 Asia Pacific – Melbourne School of Design

The LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 jury for region Asia Pacific met at the Melbourne School of Design, Australia to select projects using the “target issues” for sustainable construction. Take a peek behind the scenes.

The initiatives of the LafargeHolcim Foundation
The initiatives of the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Since 2003 the Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction through its international Awards competitions, academic Forums and publications. This video introduces the main activities of the organization. Promoting best practice, pioneering fresh solutions, and inspiring both established and the “Next Generation” of architects, engineers, planners, developers and contractors to adopt sustainable parameters for all their building projects are just a few of its ambitious objective.

Carlos Piles
Carlos Piles

The LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction gives many projects the boost to achieve realization and is part of countless success stories being written by aspiring and established professionals. A prize in the competition opens new doors for many of the winners, like the Spanish architect Carlos Piles: thanks to two prizes from the LafargeHolcim Foundation, he has made an exciting step in his career – to LafargeHolcim!

LafargeHolcim Awards – submit your project by March 21, 2017
LafargeHolcim Awards – submit your project by March 21, 2017

The LafargeHolcim Awards is the world's most significant competition in sustainable design. This short video explains who is invited, what projects are eligible and how these are submitted.

LafargeHolcim Awards Roadshow and Greening Asia (Bahasa Indonesia) book launch events
LafargeHolcim Awards Roadshow and Greening Asia (Bahasa Indonesia) book launch events

Nirmal Kishani and Holcim Indonesia hosted two events (January 19 and 20, 2017 to promote the 5th International LafargeHolcim Awards and to launch the translated version of Greening Asia:  Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture.

Almost one third are connected to the LafargeHolcim Foundation
Almost one third are connected to the LafargeHolcim Foundation

Alejandro Aravena points out that when he was looking for specialists who would share knowledge, tools and strategies at "his" Biennale 2016, almost one third of the selected experts were in some way connected to the LafargeHolcim Foundation. 

Video: How can people care about sustainability, when they have no security?
Video: How can people care about sustainability, when they have no security?

The expert panel examined the interplay between sustainability and security and how architecture should respond to the challenges. With the 300-person venue at the 15th International International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia filled to capacity, moderator Rolf Soiron inspired the panelists Alejandro Aravena, Jonathan Ledgard, Milinda Pathiraja and Robert Mardini to discuss practical solutions, rather than hold a strictly formal debate.

Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan, Constitución, Chile – Project Update August 2016
Sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan, Constitución, Chile – Project Update August 2016

Alejandro Aravena, Partner Architect at Elemental, provides an overview on the firm’s sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan for the city of Constitución, Chile. Now five years after implementation began, most elements of the project have been implemented to improve the quality of the city. The approach was able to negotiate private benefit with common good.

Finding breathing space for the community
Finding breathing space for the community

University of São Paulo PhD student Eduardo Pizarro sees the potential of small pockets within the favela of Paraisópolis to deliver much-needed infrastructure and community spaces. As winner of the LafargeHolcim Forum Student Poster Competition 2016, his project “Turning Voids into Infrastructure” lives up to the “target issues” of sustainable construction and designs micro interventions that uses the potential of these small spaces between and within buildings for the residents of São Paulo’s second-largest favela.

 

CBC Television Cairo interview “LafargeHolcim Awards – the competition for sustainable design”
CBC Television Cairo interview “LafargeHolcim Awards – the competition for sustainable design”

General Manager of the LafargeHolcim Foundation, Edward Schwarz, interviewed by Lamis Elhadidy on CBC (Capital Broadcasting Center) satellite TV station based in Cairo. He explains why LafargeHolcim created the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, and the LafargeHolcim Awards – the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. 

Fresh ideas to shape tomorrow’s world: LafargeHolcim Awards
Fresh ideas to shape tomorrow’s world: LafargeHolcim Awards

In its efforts to encourage inventive new solutions, the LafargeHolcim Foundation places special focus on the next generation. Students from leading technical universities are part of the LafargeHolcim Forum, an international symposium that advances concepts of sustainable construction. In addition, the LafargeHolcim Awards place a special focus on 18-30 year old students and young professionals – because fresh ideas will shape tomorrow’s world.

Alejandro Aravena: Learning from examples – Biennale for architecture and industry
Alejandro Aravena: Learning from examples – Biennale for architecture and industry

Curator of the 15th International Architecture Biennale, Alejandro Aravena, supports using “a mix of high-tech innovation and low-tech local materials” to reduce carbon emissions related to construction. In a video released by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, Aravena points to the Droneport shell prototype at the Venice exhibition as an outstanding example of the pivotal change needed from architecture and industry. 

Unique collaboration and creative reconstruction is driving the city’s recovery
Unique collaboration and creative reconstruction is driving the city’s recovery

Alejandro Aravena, Partner Architect at Elemental, provides an overview on the firm’s sustainable post-tsunami reconstruction master plan for the city of Constitución, Chile. Now five years after implementation began, most elements of the project have been implemented to improve the quality of the city. The approach was able to negotiate private benefit with common good.

Ágora Bogotá: Timelapse of the construction
Ágora Bogotá: Timelapse of the construction

Just one more floor to go - After more than 2 years of construction, the Ágora Bogotá is advancing well with only the top floor missing. The project is foreseen to be finalized in May 2017. The Ágora Bogotá is part of the major urban regeneration strategy of Corferias, the fair and exhibition complex of Bogotá.

"Les LafargeHolcim Awards sont une occasion unique"
"Les LafargeHolcim Awards sont une occasion unique"

Marilyne Andersen, Doyenne de la Faculté de l’environnement naturel, architectural et construit, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL), Lausanne, Suisse explique les motifs de participer au LafargeHolcim Awards pour les projets de construction durable.

How does, will and should the topic of infrastructure affect the building materials industry?
How does, will and should the topic of infrastructure affect the building materials industry?

300 experts from 40 countries gathered in Detroit for the 5th international LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction exploring Infrastructure Space in workshops, panel discussions and keynote speeches. A good opportunity to ask the professionals a question related to the role of the building materials industry.  Find wide-ranging answers in this video.

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Exploring the importance of pursuing sustainable construction

An impressive number of Kenyan and international journalists attended the media briefing following the prize handover ceremony of the LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction in region Middle East Africa.

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Reception following the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony at the Kenya National Theater.

Reception following the LafargeHolcim Awards ceremony at the Kenya National Theater.

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