Global Phase of Holcim Awards Shines Light on Solutions

Words: Dan KamysGlobal Phase of Holcim Awards Shines Light on Solutions



Sustainable construction projects from around the world are set to compete in the global phase of the Holcim Awards in 2012. The projects that received Holcim Awards Gold, Silver or Bronze in each of the five regions of the world are automatically qualified for the Global Holcim Awards 2012. The 15 Global Holcim Awards finalists include projects from Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Thailand, and the United States, and involve additional project teams from Austria, France, Spain and the United Kingdom. An overview of projects is available at

In addition, all prize-winning projects at the regional level (including 38 Acknowledgement and Next Generation winners) will automatically compete for up to three Global Holcim Innovation prizes – which focus upon contributions to innovative building materials and construction technologies in the context of sustainable construction.

Each of the finalist teams is invited to prepare a more extensive submission that will be evaluated by the Global Holcim Awards jury headed by Enrique Norten, Principal and Founder of TEN Arquitectos (Mexico/USA), and the Holcim Innovation prize jury headed by Harry Gugger, Professor of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC), ??cole Polytechnique F??d??rale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Winners of the global prizes will share in $500,000 in prize money. Results will be announced in April 2012. In the regional phase of the 3rd International Holcim Awards competition, a total of 53 leading-edge projects from 29 countries shared $1.5 million in prize money in 2011.

Following an evaluation process by independent juries in five regions of the world, the winning projects and their design teams were celebrated by receiving Awards, Acknowledgement and Next Generation prizes at ceremonies in Milan, Washington, Buenos Aires, Casablanca and Singapore.

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