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“Turning Linear Flows into Cycles” – Sustainable design by Eva Pfannes
“Turning Linear Flows into Cycles” – Sustainable design by Eva Pfannes

A sanitation project for a Rio de Janeiro favela turns linear flows into cycles, makes processes visible and is scalable says Eva Pfannes of Ooze Architects in the Netherlands. The Awards Bronze winning project for blue-green infrastructure treats wastewater while teaching water stewardship. 

“Financial Viability for the Long-Term” – Sustainable design by Jonathan Franklin
“Financial Viability for the Long-Term” – Sustainable design by Jonathan Franklin

A neighbourhood center in the Paraisópolis favela of São Paulo is designed around long-term financial viability says engineer Jonathan Franklin. The sustainable business model utilises revenue from retail outlets in the mixed-use civic hub to ensure the ongoing viability of the hub’s cultural programs such as ballet.

“Community-Driven & Smart Infrastructure” – Sustainable design by Loreta Castro Reguera
“Community-Driven & Smart Infrastructure” – Sustainable design by Loreta Castro Reguera

A community-driven project for an underprivileged Mexico City suburb delivers zero-energy water catchment infrastructure and solar energy says architecture professor Loreta Castro Reguera. The design from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México for sustainable infrastructure won the Awards Gold for Latin America. It intermingles flood basins and public amenities – and had community involvement from the drawing board up.

“Vibrant Communities Out of Thin Air” – Sustainable design by Bill Dunster
“Vibrant Communities Out of Thin Air” – Sustainable design by Bill Dunster

By using the air rights above car parks, ZEDpods can create affordable and relocatable housing that addresses land scarcity, fuel poverty, and commuting issues says architect Bill Dunster. The design by ZEDfactory won the Awards Bronze for Europe and is an ingenious facet of solving London’s housing shortage.

“A Good City has Industry” – Sustainable design by Ken De Cooman
“A Good City has Industry” – Sustainable design by Ken De Cooman

Mix-City asserts that industry should be part of the urban tissue by including public functions that hover above the concrete production facility and support noise and dust control says architect Ken De Cooman. The design by BC architects and studies was an Awards Gold ex aequo winner for Europe. It integrates an existing concrete mixing facility into an industrial neighborhood where industry, workspaces, and public functions are interwoven.

“A Place for Artists & Writers” – Sustainable design by Asociata Culturala Grivita 53
“A Place for Artists & Writers” – Sustainable design by Asociata Culturala Grivita 53

The first independent theatre in Bucharest showcases sustainable construction by recreating a haven for Bohemian life missing from the city since the 1940s say architects Chris Simion-Mercurian and Tiberiu Mercurian of Asociata Culturala Grivita 53. Their Acknowledgement prize-winning project transforms a dilapidated plot in central Bucharest into a cultural venue. 

“A Stack of Motivation” – Sustainable design by Paul Maitre-Devallon
“A Stack of Motivation” – Sustainable design by Paul Maitre-Devallon

The vertical stacking of the building open to the new district makes a neighbourhood recreation centre in Bordeaux a shining example of urban sustainable design notes Paul Maitre-Devallon of NP2F architects. The Acknowledgement prize-winner co-locates an array of sporting facilities stacked in one volume, but in open air and thereby uses sport as a social condenser.

“Pragmatic Logistics & Adaptability” – Sustainable design by Jan Terwecoren
“Pragmatic Logistics & Adaptability” – Sustainable design by Jan Terwecoren

The Logistics Framework is sustainable because it accepts logistics as part of the function of the city and provides an intelligent industrial building that will adapt and integrate into the urban fabric of Brussels says architect Jan Terwecoren of TETRA architecten. The design for an adaptable garbage collection facility in Brussels was an Awards Gold ex aequo winner for Europe and makes a plea for the re-integration of logistics infrastructures in urban settings.

“Re-thinking Cultural Heritage, Workspaces & Economic Performance” – Sustainable design by Jeannette Kuo
“Re-thinking Cultural Heritage, Workspaces & Economic Performance” – Sustainable design by Jeannette Kuo

By re-thinking the promotion of social and cultural heritage, re-thinking the workspace for collaboration and change over time, and responding to economic constraints, the Roman settlement excavation center at Augusta Raurica in Switzerland leads sustainable design according to Jeannette Kuo of Karamuk Kuo Architects. The Acknowledgement prize-winning archaeological center for Roman ruins finds a flexible structural system to meet diverse uses and adapt as they change over time. 

“Site-Sensitive Recovery” – Sustainable design by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea
“Site-Sensitive Recovery” – Sustainable design by Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea

A site-sensitive approach to both the human element and ecosystem is key to the sustainable approach at the Galician-Roman archaeological sites of Pontevedra says Joaquín Pérez-Goicoechea of AGi architects. His landscape park of simple means and layered interpretations for a series of archaeological sites in north-western Spain won an Acknowledgement prize for Europe. 

"Climate Control with Renewable Energy" – Sustainable design by Sheila Kennedy
"Climate Control with Renewable Energy" – Sustainable design by Sheila Kennedy

The sustainable design of Kennedy & Violich Architecture's greenhouse for Wellesley College delivers heating and cooling using only renewable resources and won North America's Bronze Award. Sheila Kennedy explains that achieving this for the demanding needs of a greenhouse demonstrates net-zero climate control can be achieved for any type of architecture.

"People are Relevant" – Sustainable design by Oliver Lang
"People are Relevant" – Sustainable design by Oliver Lang

Materials, lifecycle, building performance and socio-economic factors are central to the holistic sustainability of North America's Silver Award winner says Oliver Lang of LWPAC + Intelligent City. The mid-rise, mixed-use housing of "Stacked" in Vancouver, Canada uses a modular panel system that can adapt to create a variety of unit layouts and architectural forms to accommodate evolving needs.

Reception in Jakarta for Awards winners from Indonesia
Reception in Jakarta for Awards winners from Indonesia

A reception at the Jakarta Design Centre was held for the winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards competition from Indonesia. Indonesia has an enviable record when it comes to the LafargeHolcim Awards – and the current cycle has been no exception with an Awards Silver, Acknowledgement prize and Next Generation prize all heading to this country of more than 13,000 islands and 261 million people. 

"Lightweight & Passive" – Sustainable design by SHAU
"Lightweight & Passive" – Sustainable design by SHAU

Architects Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata from SHAU won the Silver Award in Asia Pacific and view the use of material and passive climate strategies as key to the project's sustainability. Set within a park in Bandung, this “Microlibrary” is part of a larger project to raise literacy via a network of libraries across Indonesia.

"Confirming Our Focus on the Environment & Stakeholders" – LafargeHolcim Awards prize winner Milinda Pathiraja
"Confirming Our Focus on the Environment & Stakeholders" – LafargeHolcim Awards prize winner Milinda Pathiraja

Winning prizes in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition confirmed the importance Robust Architecture Workshop's focus on delivering environmental performance and stakeholder engagement. Principal Milinda Pathiraja explained the positive impact of the LafargeHolcim Awards on both the prize-winning Community Library project in Ambepussa, and the work of the architectural practice in general.

"Looking to the Land" – Sustainable design by Kamil Muhammad
"Looking to the Land" – Sustainable design by Kamil Muhammad

An organic farm and vocational center on the outskirts of the Jakarta metropolitan region looks to the land to improve its success rate. Kamil Muhammad of pppooolll emphasises how working with the climate, local farmers, and bamboo grown in the area of many years contributes to his Acknowledgement prize-winning project from Asia Pacific.

"Making a New History" – Sustainable Design by Boonserm Premthada
"Making a New History" – Sustainable Design by Boonserm Premthada

A surrealistic pavilion that turns a local waste product into a durable contribution to community will be the focus for making a new history. The Acknowledgement prize-winner for Asia Pacific by Boonserm Premthada of Bangkok Project Studio sets a new agenda for a precinct dominated by coal-powered electricity generation. 

"Process, People & Scalability" – Sustainable design by Miho Mazereeuw & Larisa Ovalles
"Process, People & Scalability" – Sustainable design by Miho Mazereeuw & Larisa Ovalles

A water-treatment and reservoir facility wrapped with social infrastructure won an Acknowledgement prize in Asia Pacific for Miho Mazereeuw, Larisa Ovalles and team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Urban Risk Lab, USA. The sustainability of the project is centered on thinking through the water collection process and enabling ongoing management of the project to be handed over to a local women's collective. 

Sustainable design: "Ancient style & modern function" – Cong Nie
Sustainable design: "Ancient style & modern function" – Cong Nie

The Baitasi urban regeneration in Beijing revives an historic neighborhood by deploying minimal means for maximum effect. Cong Nie of Tsinghua University explains how the Acknowledgement prize winner for Asia Pacific preserves an ancient architectural style while incorporating modern urban function.

Sustainable design: "Emotion, environment and efficiency" - Avneesh Tiwari
Sustainable design: "Emotion, environment and efficiency" - Avneesh Tiwari

The three E's of Emotion, Environment and Efficiency frame the sustainability context of the Gold Award winner for Asia Pacific says Avneesh Tiwari of atArchitecture in Mumbai. "White Rabbit: Home for marginalized children" in Thane, India creates a building with a playful and generous vertical form on a tight urban site.

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