Holcim Awards 2014 winners for North America announced in Toronto
The winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 for North America are at
the cutting edge of efficiency and innovation in sustainable
construction. The top prize went to a water supply and flood mitigation
project in Las Vegas designed by Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor. BIG's
urban flood-protection concept for lower Manhattan was conferred the
silver Award, and a zero-carbon compostable structure recently on
display at MoMA New York designed by David Benjamin received bronze.
Canadian projects were honored in the Acknowledgement and Next
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - Architects Nader Tehrani and Katherine Faulkner of NADAAA in Boston received an Acknowledgement prize for the renovation and
extension of the University of Toronto's John H Daniels building, a
culturally significant nineteenth century structure in the center of
The Holcim Awards competition also seeks visions and bold ideas in the
"Next Generation" category. The jury decided to confer an unprecedented
six prizes in recognition of the outstanding quality of submissions
from across North America. In the category of "Next Generation" prizes, Jonathan Enns from Toronto received an Award for an interlocking panelized timber
The prize-giving ceremony hosted at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto - a
Holcim Awards prize winning project in 2008 - included the launch of Community-inspired housing in Canada, a book that illustrates the success of a former Holcim Awards winner
and the evolution of how communities are designed and built.
A total of 13 projects from across Canada and the United States by
leading practitioners, as well as young professionals and students,
were recognized at the Holcim Awards ceremony 2014 for North America
with total prize money of USD 330,000. A jury of international experts
led by Toshiko Mori (USA) selected the winners using the "target issues" for sustainable
construction that consider environmental, social and economic
performance - while also highlighting the need for architectural
excellence and a high degree of transferability.
Infrastructure as architecture: Gold for water supply and flood
Poreform, a water absorptive surface and subterranean basin that captures rain
runoff and adds over 75,000 megaliters (20 billion gallons) to the
water supply capacity of Las Vegas won the top prize. Designers Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor of Water Pore Partnership (USA) reposition water infrastructure as a civic project. Capable of
rapid saturation and slow release, the flood-control pores of this
"urban skin" are inlets to a new infrastructure that reframes water as
a valuable resource rather than a liability.
At the prize handover event in Toronto, jury member Mark Jarzombek praised the Holcim Awards Gold winning project for developing
infrastructure as an architectural undertaking that is reclaimed as a
truly public matter of concern, balancing social and design
imperatives. "While designed for a specific site, the project offers a
welcome answer to the general problem of water scarcity - a
straightforward, but nonetheless beautiful proposition for a global
challenge," he said.
Protective ribbon: Silver for urban flood-protection infrastructure
The BIG U project that addresses New York City's vulnerability to coastal
flooding by using a raised berm and sequence of public spaces along the
water's edge won the Holcim Awards Silver. The 13km (8 mi) long
infrastructural barrier to mitigate the impact of future storms with
the devastating force of Hurricane Sandy was designed by a consortium
led by architects Bjarke Ingels and Kai-Uwe Bergmann of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group (Denmark/USA). The jury acknowledged the project's sensitive blend of
hard infrastructure and local community needs.
Towering biotechnology: Bronze for a zero-carbon compostable structure
A cluster of circular towers formed using reflective bricks, designed
for and commissioned by the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program for
construction in New York City received the Holcim Awards Bronze. The
structure by David Benjamin of The Living architecture lab (USA) uses recent advances in biotechnology combined with cutting-edge
computation and engineering to create new building materials that are
almost fully organically-grown and compostable. The jury applauded the
investigatory nature of the project, both in terms of its objective to
research innovative construction materials and their architectural
potential using organic bricks, made of a combination of corn stalks
and fungal organisms.
Acknowledgement prizes for projects in Toronto, Seattle, Boston and Los
In addition to the Toronto project, further Acknowledgement prizes went
to a public park and interactive wall for urban revival in Seattle by
Paris-based ABF-lab architects whose master plan reintroduces a forest in the heart of the city; to Sheila Kennedy and J Frano Violich of Kennedy & Violich Architecture of Boston for the Chrysanthemum Building, an affordable residential urban infill development in Boston; and to Peter and Hadley Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute, Woodbury University for Divining LA, a digital tool for urban design and water-use planning in Los Angeles.
"Next Generation" prizes for young professionals and students
The "Next Generation" 1st prize went to Debbie Chen (USA) for a municipal center for harvesting utility from waste in New
York City. The jury greatly appreciated the idea to conceive a new type
of urban infrastructure that offers an answer to the problematic
interplay of material flows in urban environments.
The "Next Generation" 2nd prize was presented to Kenya Endo of Atelier Dreiseitl Asia (Singapore) for a proposal to utilize former coal mining sites for
hydro-pump electricity storage in Greene County, Pennsylvania. The 3rd prize was awarded to Beomki Lee, Suk Lee and Daeho Lee, students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), for an air purification wall that transforms carbon dioxide into
oxygen and explores the possibilities of bio-mimicry. Additional "Next
Generation" prizes were awarded to a group of students led by Mark Turibius Jongman-Sereno, Harvard University for an adaptive reuse of a parking structure for cultural activities in
San Francisco; and Namjoo Kim at MIT for a new construction method for creating thin concrete panels.
Holcim Awards submissions for projects in North America were evaluated
by an independent jury hosted by the MIT and included: Toshiko Mori (Head of jury, USA), Marc Angélil (Switzerland), Alain Bourguignon (United Kingdom), Dana Cuff (USA), Guillaume Habert (Switzerland), Mark Jarzombek (USA), Jeffrey Laberge (Canada), Lola Sheppard (Canada), and Sarah Whiting (USA).
Learning from Benny Farm in Montreal
A new book published by the Holcim Foundation examines two progressive
and influential projects by Montreal-based architect Daniel Pearl and his team from l'OUEF and was launched at the Awards ceremony in Toronto. The approach to
changing the way communities are designed and built tracks progress on
the redevelopment of Benny Farm, the first ever Global Holcim Awards Bronze winner from 2006, a
follow-up project at Rosemont, and plans for the forthcoming Bois Ellen Cooperative Residence. The projects include major innovations with respect to building
envelope, energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and interior air quality
that are rarely seen in this depth at this scale for affordable
(Benny Farm and Rosemont: Community-inspired housing in Canada, 128 pages, 14.8 cm x 21.0 cm, Paperback, English, ISBN:
Further information on the competition and each winning project
including high resolution images for download is available at: www.holcimawards.org
The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction competition seeks
innovative, future-oriented and tangible construction projects to
promote sustainable responses to the technological, environmental,
socioeconomic and cultural issues affecting building and construction
on a local, regional and global level. The competition has been run by
the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation since 2004, and offers USD 2 million
in prize money per three-year cycle.
The ceremony in Toronto for the competition region North America followed the first
presentation of winners in Moscow (for Europe). Further events will be held in Medellín (for Latin America), Beirut (for Africa Middle East) and Jakarta (for Asia Pacific). The projects that receive Holcim Awards Gold,
Silver and Bronze in each region automatically qualify for the Global
Holcim Awards 2015.
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 represented in North America by Aggregate Industries US,
Holcim Canada and Holcim US.
Image with caption: "'Timber-Link: Interlocking panelized timber building system' Next Generation prize-winning project entry rendering for Cape Dorset, Nunavut, located high in the Canadian North from Jonathan Enns, Enns Design/solidoperations, Canada (CNW Group/Holcim Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140919_C9352_PHOTO_EN_42833.jpg
Image with caption: "Prize winning project 'Heritage Reframed: University building renovation and extension' (University of Toronto) rendering. The complete site restores the architecture, landscape and urban design within the round of Spadina Crescent. The east façade and green space frame a plaza oriented towards the University of Toronto Campus. (CNW Group/Holcim Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140919_C9352_PHOTO_EN_42832.jpg
Image with caption: "Heritage Reframed: University building renovation and extension prize winners Katherine Faulkner and Nader Tehrani, NADAAA Architects, alongside Baudoin Nizet, CEO Holcim Canada, Dean Richard Sommer, John H Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto and jury member Lola Sheppard, Lateral Office (CNW Group/Holcim Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140919_C9352_PHOTO_EN_42831.jpg
SOURCE: Holcim Canada Inc.
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