Between November 11-25 Holcim (Romania) organizes a road show for promoting the sustainable constructions and the international competition Holcim Awards, in 6 main cities of Romania: Bucharest, Alba Iulia, Oradea, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Timisoara.
With prizes amounting to EUR 2 million, the objective of the Holcim Awards competition is to motivate architecture and constructions specialists to find solutions to the society's current challenges such as: energy management, environmental protection, use of renewable resources, cultural values protection and so on.
"We are glad to support the promoting of sustainable constructions and architecture in Romania," said Markus Wirth, Country Manager of Holcim (Romania). "We hope that through this promotion campaign, which is part of the Holcim Awards competition's activities in Romania, we will be able to make people aware of the influence the way we build today has on the way we will live in the future."
Thus, Holcim is promoting the sustainable constructions which are characterized by the reduction of the energy and water consumption and of the maintenance costs.
The campaign for promoting sustainable constructions and the Holcim Awards competition started with the preparation camp in Dealu Frumos, which took place on August 24-26. During the three days of discussions with sustainable constructions as main topic, each participant had the opportunity to learn more about this concept and how it is implemented in other countries, from internationally renowned specialists such as arch. Kaarin Taipale, Executive Director of the Constructions Department within the Helsinki City Hall.
As a novelty, this cycle of Holcim Awards includes a new category?- "Next Generation". This category is open for project visions at a conceptual level, early stage of design or with a low probability of execution. To be eligible for entry, the project author(s) must be less than 35 years of age at February 29, 2008.
The road show starts in Bucharest on October 31st, 2007. Edward Schwarz, General Manager of Holcim Foundation, arch. Luigi Centola, winner of Holcim Awards Gold 2005?- Europe, Markus Wirth, Country Manager of Holcim (Romania), and arch. Alina Radu, member of the Holcim Awards Implementation Committee in Romania, will be attending the event.
The road show will continue in November the following 5 cities: Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Alba Iulia, Timisoara, and Iasi.
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The international contest Holcim Awards is organized by Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Development, with the support of five most prestigious technical universities in the world, respective Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) from Switzerland; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from Cambridge, USA; Tongji University (TJU) from Shanghai, China; Iberoamerican University (UIA) from Mexico City, Mexic and Witwatersrand University (Wits) from Johannesburg, South Africa.
The prizes for the five regional competitions and for the global competition total the amount of USD 2 million.
The Holcim Awards competition is open to participants of every age for projects at an advanced stage of design with a high probability of execution. To be eligible for entry, the project must not have commenced execution prior to June 1, 2007. Hence, projects authors of less than 35 years of age may opt to submit in the "Next Generation" category and/or the main Awards competition depending on the eligibility of their project(s).
The second edition of this competition, which is intended to promote on a global scale the projects of sustainable constructions, was opened on 1st of June 2007, and the projects can be enrolled in the contest until 29th of February 2008, on the website www.holcimawards.org.
The contest Holcim Awards from 2005/2006 attracted over 3,000 projects from 120 countries; 22 being registered by Romanian professionals in the field of constructions and architecture, and also students.
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Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as further activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents, and employs some 90,000 people.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 3 cement plants, in Turda, Campulung and Alesd, 16 environmentally-friendly ready-mixed concrete plants, and 4 aggregates plants. Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently has approximately 1,300 employees. The website of the company is www.holcim.ro.