28 September saw the LafargeHolcim Awards held in Marseille, France. 11 sustainable building projects were honored with prizes, and the first LafargeHolcim Building Better Recognition in Europe went to an architect from Paris.
The days when the sustainability of a construction project was a matter of ad hoc measures are over – sustainable construction has become systematic and specific. This was emphatically shown by the results of the LafargeHolcim Awards in region Europe: The first prize was shared by two projects in Brussels, both of which excel in terms of their multi-functionality.
The LafargeHolcim Awards is about more than just beautiful buildings. It stands out as the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The criteria of the USD 2 million competition are as challenging as the goal of sustainability itself. The competition is for projects at an advanced stage of design, not finished works. It seeks designs that go beyond current standards, showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural issues affecting contemporary construction and deliver new, surprising, and truly visionary solutions to the way we build.
Prizes help make common sense commonplace: The magnified interest among architects, engineers, urban planners, and developers proves that sustainability has become embedded as “common sense” in the construction industry. The fifth cycle of the competition attracted more than 5,000 entries from authors in 121 countries. 3,606 entries were deemed valid, and more than half of these passed the pre-screening phase. They advanced for qualitative assessment by five independent expert juries in the competition regions Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific. The juries evaluated the projects based on the five “target issues” for sustainable construction set forth by the LafargeHolcim Foundation – principles which define sustainable construction in a holistic way. The Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners from each region will compete for the Global LafargeHolcim Awards in 2018.
- Entire media release from 28/09/2017
- Liste of juries: www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/juries
- Targets for sustainable building: www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/target
- Overview of all 200 winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards to date: www.lafargeholcim-foundation.org/projects