Construction World

On 7 September 2017, the Regional LafargeHolcim Awards were held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Awards celebrate projects and visions for sustainable construction and this year, South African Architect, Heidi van Eeden, was announced as the winner in the Next Generation category for her work in developing new sustainable methods of brick-making in the Soshanguve township in Gauteng; proving that brick-making can be both technically sustainable and deliver a social contribution to community-making.

South African Architect wins at Regional LafargeHolcim AwardsThe Next Generation category for students and professionals up to 30 years of age has become increasingly popular. The category seeks visionary projects and bold ideas, and gives young professionals public exposure and a platform to achieve recognition. For the first time in the history of the LafargeHolcim Awards, more projects were submitted in the Next Generation category than in the main category – showing just how future-oriented the competition is.

Van Eeden’s project, Brick-Works, is based on an analysis of unsustainable practices in the production of fired bricks, proposing a set of principles to improve the viable operation of the brick making industry. Brick-Works offers a sensitive, bottom-up approach to community development through sustainable industry.

Sustainability in building is fast gaining significance in the Middle East and Africa region – particularly amongst female professionals and young graduates in architecture and engineering, and this was clearly demonstrated at the prize handover ceremony for the regional LafargeHolcim Awards.

“Lafarge South Africa congratulates Heidi van Eeden on this remarkable achievement. At Lafarge, it is important for us as a company to identify and foster innovation through young and upcoming entrepreneurs in our communities.” concludes Nompilo Morafo, Country Head: Corporate Affairs, Communications & Sustainable Development for Lafarge South Africa.

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