The Holcim Foundation has nominated the winners of the main category of the most important global sustainable design competition, the Holcim Awards. The award ceremony took place at the Venice Architecture Biennale, on November 13, according to a press release

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According to the quoted source, 33 innovative and sustainable construction projects from 5 continents have been declared winners and will receive total prizes worth $ 1.65 million.


The grand prize of $ 150,000 was won by the Extending the Cycle project in Switzerland. It proposes the use of demolition waste for the conservation and expansion of an industrial building in Basel. Also, after the end of the life cycle of the building, the elements can be disassembled and reused.


The second place, with the prize of 100,000 dollars, went to Colombia, with the landscape design project Wetland Vitality, destined to restore the environment in the swampy areas of the capital Bogota.


The third place was divided between two equal winners, with the projects: Cultural Interlude in Morocco (which aims to create a cultural center in the Sahara desert, to preserve the tribal heritage) and Propagated Sanctuary in Vietnam (which involves restoring a subtropical forest and creating a recreational educational areas for the inhabitants of Hanoi). Both were awarded $ 50,000.

More than 4,700 projects from 130 countries were entered in the competition, and more than half of them passed into the second stage, being evaluated individually by an independent jury of experts. The evaluation criteria taken into account were: environmental impact, social factors, economic factors, innovation and architectural quality.


“We are delighted to always see how many innovative projects are entered in each edition of the Holcim Awards, especially as this competition is part of Holcim’s long-term strategy to accelerate the transition to a greener built environment. Moreover, we want “To involve all construction professionals in our mission to create a better world for future generations. said Bogdan Dobre, CEO of Holcim Romania Group.


With a tradition of over 15 years, the Holcim Awards present the important role that architecture, engineering, urban planning and the construction industry have in creating a more sustainable future. Each session of the competition runs for a period of three years, from the time of announcement until completion.

The competition, with prizes totaling $ 2 million, has two categories: the main one, for established professionals, with total prizes worth $ 1.65 million and the Next Generation category, for young specialists under 30, with prizes totaling $ 350,000, the winners of which were announced this summer.


Projects in our country


Four projects from our country were entered in this edition of the competition. They focused on green urban design solutions to improve the quality of life of people in cities, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly buildings, and sustainable ways to use building and design materials.


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