Sustainable Construction Awards Showcase
Architects Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner of NADAAA in Boston, Massachussetts, received an Acknowledgement prize for the renovation and extension of the University of Toronto's John H Daniels building, a culturally significant 19th century structure in the center of Toronto, Ontario.
The Holcim Awards competition also seeks visions and bold ideas in the “Next Generation” category. The jury decided to confer an unprecedented 6 prizes in recognition of the outstanding quality of submissions from across North America. In the category of “Next Generation” prizes, Jonathan Enns from Toronto received an Award for an interlocking panelized timber building system.
The prize-giving ceremony hosted at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto – a Holcim Awards prize winning project in 2008 – included the launch of Community-inspired housing in Canada, a book that illustrates the success of a former Holcim Awards winner and the evolution of how communities are designed and built.
A total of 13 projects from across Canada and the United States by leading practitioners, as well as young professionals and students, were recognized at the Holcim Awards ceremony 2014 for North America with total prize money of US$330,000. A jury of international experts led by Toshiko Mori selected the winners using the “target issues” for sustainable construction that consider environmental, social and economic performance - while also highlighting the need for architectural excellence and a high degree of transferability.
Infrastructure as architecture: Gold for water supply and flood mitigation infrastructure
At the prize handover event in Toronto, jury member Mark Jarzombek praised the Holcim Awards Gold winning project for developing infrastructure as an architectural undertaking that is reclaimed as a truly public matter of concern, balancing social and design imperatives. “While designed for a specific site, the project offers a welcome answer to the general problem of water scarcity - a straightforward, but nonetheless beautiful proposition for a global challenge,” he said.
Protective ribbon: Silver for urban flood-protection infrastructure
Towering biotechnology: Bronze for a zero-carbon compostable structure
The jury applauded the investigatory nature of the project, both in terms of its objective to research innovative construction materials and their architectural potential using organic bricks, made of a combination of corn stalks and fungal organisms.
Acknowledgement prizes for projects in Toronto, Seattle, Boston and Los Angeles
“Next Generation” prizes for young professionals and students
The “Next Generation” 2nd prize was presented to Kenya Endo of Atelier Dreiseitl Asia (Singapore) for a proposal to utilize former coal mining sites for hydro-pump electricity storage in Greene County, Pennsylvania. The 3rd prize was awarded to Beomki Lee, Suk Lee and Daeho Lee, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for an air purification wall that transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen and explores the possibilities of bio-mimicry. Additional “Next Generation” prizes were awarded to a group of students led by Mark Turibius Jongman-Sereno, Harvard University for an adaptive reuse of a parking structure for cultural activities in San Francisco; and Namjoo Kim at MIT for a new construction method for creating thin concrete panels.
Holcim Awards submissions for projects in North America were evaluated by an independent jury hosted by the MIT and included: Toshiko Mori (Head of jury, U.S.), Marc Angélil (Switzerland), Alain Bourguignon (United Kingdom), Dana Cuff (U.S.), Guillaume Habert (Switzerland), Mark Jarzombek (U.S.), Jeffrey Laberge (Canada), Lola Sheppard (Canada), and Sarah Whiting (U.S.).
Learning from Benny Farm in Montreal
The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction competition seeks innovative, future-oriented and tangible construction projects to promote sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction on a local, regional and global level. The competition has been run by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation since 2004, and offers US$2 million in prize money per three-year cycle.
The ceremony in Toronto for the competition region North America followed the first presentation of winners in Moscow (for Europe). Further events will be held in Medellín (for Latin America), Beirut (for Africa Middle East) and Jakarta (for Asia Pacific). The projects that receive Holcim Awards Gold, Silver and Bronze in each region automatically qualify for the Global Holcim Awards 2015.
The Holcim Foundation is supported by Holcim Ltd and its Group companies in around 70 countries and is independent of its commercial interests. Holcim is represented in North America by Aggregate Industries US, Holcim Canada and Holcim US.
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