The fourth cycle of the USD 2 million International Holcim Awards competition attracted more than 6,000 projects and visions in sustainable construction from 152 countries. The diverse geographic spread of entries and growth in submissions from developing countries confirms the importance of creating a more sustainable built environment. Entries will be screened for compliance before evaluation by independent juries in five regions of the world. The results will be announced at prize-handover events in the last quarter of this year.
The juries will evaluate entries using the five “target issues” implemented by the Holcim Foundation which examine each project’s contribution to sustainable construction across a broad spectrum of themes including the “triple bottom line” of environmental, social, and economic performance. An additional “target issue” applies specifically to architecture and place; and a final element recognizes the need for innovation and transferable approaches.
A definition of the five “target issues” can be found at: www.holcimawards.org/target
Announcing the winning projects around the world
Winners will be informed as soon as the jury decisions are verified and the jury reports validated. The results of the regional Holcim Awards will be announced at prize-handover events and communicated via the Holcim Awards website on September 5 for Europe, September 19 for North America, October 3 for Latin America, October 17 for Africa Middle East and November 14 for Asia Pacific. Winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards from each of the five regions automatically qualify for the Global Holcim Awards in 2015.
Information regarding the next steps of the competition as well as on the first three cycles of the Holcim Awards featuring more than 150 winning projects is available at: www.holcimawards.org
Promoting sustainable construction
The Holcim Awards encourage architects, planners, engineers, project owners and students to share their projects and visions that go beyond conventional notions of sustainable construction. The competition is an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. The Foundation promotes sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction.
It works closely with its Partner Universities:
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich/EPFL), Switzerland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA; Tongji University, China; Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico; Ecole Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca, Morocco; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay), India; American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Tsinghua University, China; and University of Melbourne, Australia.
The initiatives of the Holcim Foundation are supported by Holcim Ltd, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel, and sand), as well as other activities, including ready-mix concrete, asphalt, and associated services. Holcim Ltd holds majority and minority shareholdings in some 70 countries and on every continent.
Photo Caption: Holcim Award Trophy for Sustainable Construction 2013-2014