The 5th International LafargeHolcim US$2 million sustainable construction competition seeks smart solutions for cities and the built environment.
Entries are now open for the LafargeHolcim Awards, which recognised as one of the most significant global competitions in sustainable design. It seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. Organised by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies those ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanisation and to improve quality of life. Projects and concepts from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, technology, and civil and materials engineering are eligible to be entered online and submissions close on March 21, 2017.
The competition’s main category is open to architects, planners, engineers, students of related disciplines, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues within contemporary building and construction. Projects must have reached an advanced stage of design, have a high probability of execution, and may not have started construction before July 4, 2016.
Participants up to the ages of 30 years can also submit visionary concepts and bold ideas in the competition, irrespective of the probability of actual implementation of the project: the Next Generation category specifically seeks “blue-sky” solutions by students and young professionals.
The competition is divided in five geographic regions – each with its own jury of renowned specialists.
Projects are evaluated according to the region in which they are to be built, and are measured against the five ‘target issues’ for sustainable construction which look at a project from a holistic perspective and take its entire lifecycle into account. The criteria cover innovation and transferability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and compatibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact. The juries are headed by Harry Gugger (Europe), Ray Cole (North America), Angelo Bucci (Latin America), Nagwa Sherif (Middle East Africa) and Donald Bates (Asia Pacific).
The winners will be announced at a series of five consecutive Awards ceremonies in the second half of 2017. Winners automatically qualify for the global Awards competition in 2018.
Entry in the competition is free and must be made in English using a web-based form to provide information on authorship, a project summary, technical details, as well as project images or illustrations. A comprehensive ‘Step-by-step’ guide explains the evaluation criteria in detail and gives instructions on how to prepare an entry at www.lafargeholcim-awards.org.