Holcim Awards 2011 attracts 6,000+ projects

The USD $2 million Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects and visions has attracted 6,065 submissions. The number of entries and countries participating has grown strongly since the previous competition and is further evidence that sustainability has become a firmly-entrenched core topic within building and construction. Submissions will now be screened for compliance with the rules of the Holcim Awards before the evaluation by five juries of internationally-renowned architects and academics takes place.

Submissions for projects located in 146 countries show that the move towards sustainable construction is a global concern, implemented by multi-disciplinary partnerships and many international teams. The Holcim Awards competitions are conducted in parallel in five geographical regions. The greatest number of submissions were received for projects in Latin America (29%), followed by Asia Pacific (27%), Europe (25%), North America (10%) and Africa Middle East (8%). The most significant increase in participation was registered in North America (+73%), the highest number of Holcim Awards (main category) submissions was from Asia Pacific, and the largest participation in the “Next Generation” (student category) was from Latin America.

All fully-completed entries will now undergo a formal check by Berlin-based architecture and urban design consultants [phase eins]. Valid entries will then be presented to an independent jury panel in the region where the project is to be constructed (or where the project was conceptualized for the student category). Each jury will examine a broad range of between 150 and 550 detailed submissions for building and civil engineering works, landscape, urban design and infrastructure, and materials, products and construction technologies.

Jury panels of international experts The Holcim Awards juries will each be hosted by a partner university of the Holcim Foundation and led by: Jürgen Mayer H, Founder and Principal, J Mayer H Architects (in region Europe); Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (North America); Carolyn Aguilar-Dubose, Dean, Department of Architecture, Universidad Iberoamericana (Latin America); Hashim Sarkis, Principal, Hashim Sarkis Studios (Africa Middle East); and Wowo Ding, Dean, School of Architecture, Nanjing University (Asia Pacific).

The juries will evaluate entries using the “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 a final element recognizes the need for innovation and transferable approaches. A full list of members of each jury is available at www.holcimawards.org/jury

Celebrating the best 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 competitions will be announced at ceremonies in late 2011 in Milan, Washington DC, Buenos Aires, Casablanca and Singapore and communicated to all participants. Further information regarding the next steps of the competition as well as on the first two cycles of the Holcim Awards is available at www.holcimawards.org

Global Holcim Awards 2012 Winners of the gold, silver and bronze awards from each of the five regions automatically qualify for the Global Holcim Awards in 2012 following evaluation by the global jury featuring: Aaron Betsky, Director, Cincinnati Art Museum; Mario Botta, Principal, Mario Botta Architetto; Yolanda Kakabadse, President of WWF International and Chair of the Advisory Board of Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN; Rahul Mehrotra, Principal, Rahul Mehrotra Associates; Enrique Norten, Principal and Founder of TEN Arquitectos; Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, Professor em. for Planning and Management in Construction at ETH Zurich; Werner Sobek, Director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart; and Rolf Soiron, Chairman of Holcim Ltd.

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