53 projects set to compete in global phase of Holcim Awards

Global prizes for sustainable construction projects shining a light on innovative solutions worldwide

Leading 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 USA, and involve additional project teams from Austria, France, Spain and the UK. 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), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Profiles of jury members are available at:

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

The Holcim Awards is an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation which is supported by Holcim Ltd and its Group companies in more than 70 countries and is independent of commercial interests. Holcim is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, gravel and sand) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt, including services.

The activities of the Holcim Foundation are run in cooperation with renowned partner universities: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, Mexico; École Supérieure d’Architecture de Casablanca (EAC), Morocco; Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Bombay) in Mumbai, India; Tongji University (TJU) in Shanghai, China; Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil; and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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