International LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction open for entries

The 6th international LafargeHolcim Awards for Sustainable Construction is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects from professionals, and ideas that combine sustainable architecture and construction.

Global finalist entry 2018 – Hydropuncture; Main Authors
Manuel Perló – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico; Loreta Castro Reguera – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico via

“The LafargeHolcim Awards highlights each project’s contribution to solve a collective need and thus transform it into a collective desire,” said Alejandro Aravena, Partner Architect, Elemental, Chile.

According to the LafargeHolcim Foundation, the competition promotes circular thinking and the reduction of CO2 emissions across all disciplines. These projects identify the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life.

The Awards offers a total of $2 million in prize money and focuses on concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields.

The foundation states that the competition runs in two phases. In the regional phase, independent juries evaluate submissions in each of the geographic regions: Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific. Eleven prizes are conferred in each region with three awards and four acknowledgement prizes in the Main category, and 4 prizes in the Next Generation category.

The 15 projects that received awards in the regional phase automatically qualify for the Global Awards. An independent panel of international experts distributes  Gold, Silver and Bronze Global Awards to the recipients. Global Ideas prizes are awarded to selected projects that received an Acknowledgement or a Next Generation prize in the regional phase of the competition, according to the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

In 2017 , Canada represented the North America regional awards with a Second Prize win from Jason Heinrich from the University of British Columbia (and DIALOG) in the Next Generation category. The University of Buffalo’s Sarah Gunawan claimed 3rd Place in the Next Generation Prize, while Vancouver’s Oliver Lang and Cynthia Wilson of LWPAC received the Silver Award.

Submissions in the LafargeHolcim Awards require:

Sustainable construction projects at an advanced stage of design, with a high probability of realization in the main category. Construction/fabrication submitted in this category must not have started before January 1, 2019.

The Awards Next Generation category seeks design ideas at a preliminary stage that include design studio and research work. Authors may not be older than 30 years to participate in this category. Students and young professionals are welcome to enter the Awards main category with projects that have reached an advanced stage of design.

Independent expert juries in five geographic regions evaluate submissions using the “target issues” for sustainable construction of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. The criteria includes innovation and transferability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and compatibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact.

Submitting entries in the competition is free and must be produced in English using a web-based form to provide information on authorship, a project summary, technical details, as well as project images and/or illustrations.

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