November 23, 2010

3rd International Holcim Awards: Developing new perspectives for the future

Zurich, Switzerland, November 12th, 2010 – The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition offering a total of  $2 million USD in prize money is now open for submissions. The open design competition is open to proposals for sustainable building and civil engineering works; landscape, urban design and infrastructure projects; and materials, products and construction technologies. The Awards are an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

Entries must be submitted online at by March 23, 2011. The competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible projects and visions from around the globe and is open to anyone involved with approaches that contribute towards a more sustainable built environment. The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition is comprised of five regional competitions in 2010/11 and the global phase in 2012. Step-by-step instructions on how to enter the competition are available at:  

Holcim Awards (main) and “Next Generation” (student) categories
The main category of the competition is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues with contemporary building and construction. Projects are eligible for the competition if they have reached an advanced stage of design. Construction (or commercial production in the case of materials, products and construction technologies) must not have started before July 1, 2010. In addition, the Holcim Awards seeks visions and ideas for the “Next Generation” category, open to student projects created within university programs at final year bachelor level or above (including master’s and PhD). The categories are separate so student projects compete against other student projects - same for the professional submissions.

Measuring up to “target issues” for sustainable construction 
Submissions in both categories are evaluated by independent juries, using five “target issues” to define sustainable construction. Three of these align with the triple bottom line concept of balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The rest cover contextual and aesthetic impact, and innovation and transferability. For further details see:  

Internationally renowned architects and academics in juries 
The juries in the five competition regions include experts in sustainable construction, such as Angelo Bucci (Brazil), Raymond J. Cole (Canada), Wowo Ding (China), Harry Gugger (Switzerland), Bjarke Ingels (Denmark), Sheila Kennedy (USA), Ashok B. Lall (India), Winy Maas (Netherlands), Jürgen Mayer H. (Germany), Mohsen Mostafavi (USA), Amer Moustafa (UAE), Lucy Musgrave (UK), Olivia la O’Castillo (Philippines), Joe Osae-Addo (Ghana), Michel Rojkind (Brazil), Hashim Sarkis (Lebanon), Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica), Gunawan Tjahjono (Indonesia).

The North American region jury includes: 
  • Mohsen Mostafavi (Head): Dean, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Mass., USA 
  • Ray Cole: Director, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 
  • Keller Easterling: Associate Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., USA 
  • Harry Gugger: Principal, Harry Gugger Studio, Basel; Professor of Architecture, Laboratory of the Production of Architecture, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (TCC) 
  • Sheila Kennedy: Principal, Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Boston, Mass.; Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA 
  • Hans-Rudolf Schalcher: Professor em., Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland (TCC) 
  • Nader Tehrani: Principal, Office dA, Boston, Mass.; Professor of Architecture and Head of Department of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., USA 
  • Bernard Terver: Area Manager North America, Holcim, Waltham, Mass., USA 
  • Mark West: Director, The Center for Architectural Structures and Technology, Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
 A full list of jury members is available at:  

Support by world-renowned technical universities 
The Holcim Awards competitions are conducted in partnership with some of the world’s leading technical universities. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) leads the Technical Competence Center of the Holcim Foundation. Other partner universities which host the independent competition juries are: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA; the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, Mexico; l’École Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca (EAC) in Morocco, and Tongji University (TJU) in Shanghai, China. The Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa, are associated universities of the Holcim Foundation.

100 prize winning projects in the first two competitions 
In the 2nd Holcim Awards competition 2008/2009, almost 5000 projects from 120 countries were submitted. The 52 prize-winning projects included the global winners: Holcim Awards Gold – River remediation and urban development scheme, Fez, Morocco. Silver – Low-impact greenfield university campus, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Bronze – Sustainable planning for a rural community, Beijing, China. “Innovation” prize – Self-contained day labor station, San Francisco, USA. Details about the 100 prize-winning projects from both the 1st and 2nd competition cycles are available at:

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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 one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. In 2009 the Group was confirmed as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the seventh time in succession.

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