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Holcim competition to promote sustainable construction

November 19, 2007
by Canadian Architect

The second Holcim Awards competition to promote sustainable construction is open for entries until February 29, 2008. The Awards are an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation to encourage and inspire a built environment that goes beyond convention to address the challenges of sustainability.

The Awards are open to anyone involved with projects in the area of sustainable construction architects, planners, engineers, project owners, etc. All building projects are eligible for the competition if construction had not started before June 1, 2007. Architect, ETH professor, and Member of the Holcim Foundation Management Board, Marc Anglil stressed the importance of promoting sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting modern building and construction. This competition generates a global showcase of sustainable construction providing significant prize money and international recognition to winning project teams, he said.

The Holcim Awards competition also seeks visions and ideas at a conceptual level. This special Next Generation category is open for professionals younger than 35 years of age.

Online submission only
Entries in the competition may be submitted in English only via a web-based entry form. A step-by-step guide to entering the competition is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese at The website also features project overviews and images of all 46 prize-winning entries from the previous Holcim Awards competition 2005/06.

Target issues evaluate all submissions
Entries in the Awards competition are evaluated by independent juries in five regions of the world, using a five-point definition of sustainable construction. The target issues measure the degree to which a submission contributes to sustainable development: quantum change and transferability; ethical standards and social equity; ecological quality and energy conservation; economic performance and compatibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact.

Internationally renowned architects and academics lead juries
The juries will be headed by Harry Gugger, architect and author, Switzerland (region of Europe), Adle Naud Santos, Dean of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (North America), Jos Luis Corts, Dean of Architecture, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico (Latin America), Joe Addo, architect, Ghana (Africa Middle East), Ashok Lall, architect, India (Asia Pacific), and Charles Correa, architect, India, will chair the jury of the global Holcim Awards competition.

Competition supported by leading technical universities
To carry out the competition the Holcim Foundation works closely with leading technical universities: the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich (Switzerland), Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (USA), Tongji University TJU (China), Universidad Iberoamericana UIA (Mexico), and the University of the Witwatersrand Wits (South Africa). These universities host the jury meeting in their regions. The Universidade de So Paulo USP (Brazil) is an associated university of the Foundation.

For more information, please visit or e-mail [email protected]

The Holcim Awards competition is an initiative of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, which is supported by Holcim Ltd but is independent of its commercial interests. Holcim Ltd is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as downstream activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Holcim Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents.

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