LafargeHolcim Next Generation Awards recognize sustainable design

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The LafargeHolcim Awards recently announced the winners of the Next Generation category in North America, recognizing visionary concepts and bold ideas from young professionals and students to solve fundamental problems and challenges.

A total of 4,742 projects from 134 countries were submitted. The judges used the five target sustainability issues with which the LafargeHolcim Foundation assesses sustainability: progress, people, planet, prosperity and place.

The LafargeHolcim Foundation is organizing the competition.

In addition to the cash prize, each winner will receive a personalized trophy featuring the Modulor by Swiss architect Le Corbusier. The base of the trophy is ECOPact, a low-carbon concrete from LafargeHolcim, featuring materials that allow circular flow and carbon-neutral construction, a statement said.

The first prize and the winner of US $ 25,000 is Unmaking Architecture, New York – Management Tool for the Reuse of Reclaimed Materials. The submission presents an artificial intelligence-based tool to optimize the reuse of demolition rubble. The laureate is Daniel Marshall, lecturer (2019/2020) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

The second prize, which includes a cash prize of US $ 20,000, went to Daniel Francisco Gonzalez, student, and Noor Shaikh, consultant, with IXIM Bioproducts Inc. of Waterloo and Toronto for Off the Wall, Canada – Manufacture of building components from food processing by-products. It is a smart production system that uses agricultural and aquaculture by-products to make building components.

The third prize of US $ 15,000 went to Performative Landscapes in Florida – Contextual Reconversion of an Industrial Site – A design to convert an impacted site on Tampa Bay into a productive and attractive landscape. The winner is Samuel Clovis, architect, Los Angeles, California.

Fourth place, with a cash prize of US $ 10,000, went to Pure Inhale, Connecticut Plant Based Design Module Search – a research-based project that deploys vegetation to address environmental, health and social challenges in urban areas. The winner is Phoebe Mankiewicz, Ph.D. student, Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, New Haven, Conn.

The 21 winners of the Next Generation category will be presented virtually and the winning projects and authors of the main category will be honored in a hybrid event at the Venice International Architecture Biennale in mid-November 2021.

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