Total $2m prize money available from LafargeHolcim Awards

Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia. Photo: Courtesy Aníbal Gaviria, Mayor of Medellín
Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia. Photo: Courtesy Aníbal Gaviria, Mayor of Medellín

Entries are invited for the international LafargeHolcim Awards for sustainable design, which carries total prize money of $2m.

It is open to projects and concepts submitted from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, technology, and civil and materials engineering

In addition to the main prize, for projects in an advanced state of design with a high probability of execution, there is also a ‘next generation’ category for concept schemes, open to practitioners aged 18-30, including students.

Criteria include: innovation and transferability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and compatibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact. Winning projects are expected to combine sustainable construction with architectural excellence.

The competition will be judged in five separate regions, the winners of which (announced towards the end of 2017) will then qualify for the global award in 2018, carrying a top prize of $350,000. Regional juries will be led by Harry Gugger (Europe), Ray Cole (North America), Angelo Bucci (Latin America), Nagwa Sherif (Middle East Africa) and Donald Bates (Asia Pacific).

Last year’s global winners included a public park in Medellin, Colombia (gold medal), designed by Colectivo720 and based around water reservoirs; a community library in Sri Lanka (silver) that doubled as a construction training centre for local young men by Milinda Pathiraja from RAW (Robust Architecture Workshop); New York’s proposed Dryline (bronze), a 12km flood defence-cum-public walkway around the edge of Manhattan, led by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

Entry is free and submissions close on 21 March, 2017.

To enter, or to find out more, visit the LafargeHolcim Awards website 

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