Projects from 152 nations contest for Holcim rewards

Real Estate April 18, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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More than 6,000 innovative and sustainable construction projects from 152 countries in five regions of the world have joined the fourth round of the US$2 million (Bt65 million) International Holcim Awards.

The results will be announced in the last quarter of this year. 
The Holcim Awards recognise innovative projects and future-oriented concepts and is conducted across five regions. The broad range of submissions includes main category projects at an advanced stage of design and next generation visions and ideas across architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape, urban design and infrastructure, as well as materials, products and construction technologies. 
The 6,103 registered reflect the growing importance of sustainable construction in emerging markets as well as a high awareness of this critical topic among young professionals and university students. 
The largest increase in participation was registered in Africa-Middle East and the highest volume of entries came from Asia-Pacific. The growing submissions in the next generation category for the first time balance the distribution of entries between the two categories. 
All fully completed entries will now undergo a formal check by Berlin-based architecture and urban design consultants. Valid entries will then be presented to an independent jury in the region where the project is to be constructed – or where it was conceptualised for the next generation category. 
The juries consist of internationally renowned representatives from science, business and society and will be hosted by a partner university of the Holcim Foundation.
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 recognises the need for innovation and transferable approaches. 
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 next year. 
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 Switzerland-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, which promotes sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction. 
The initiatives of the foundation are supported by Holcim, a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of cement and aggregates such as crushed stone, gravel and sand. 
Holcim is also involved in other activities, including ready-mix concrete, asphalt and associated services. It holds majority and minority shareholdings in some 70 countries and on every continent.