The third cycle of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Constructions competition opens for entries on July 1, 2010. Architects, planners, engineers and project owners, students and professionals from all over the world and Romania are going to enter the Holcim Awards competition for total prizes of 2 million dollars. The deadline for the submission of projects is March 23, 2011.
Holcim Awards is a competition of ideas and projects initiated by the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Constructions. The contest focuses on projects which bring technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural solutions for local, regional and global constructions. The Holcim Awards recognize any contribution to sustainable construction - irrespective of scale - in architecture, landscape and urban design, civil and mechanical engineering and related disciplines.
"We support and encourage the Romanian architects, planners and students from universities in the field to participate in this large-scale competition. The talent of Romanian specialists needs recognition, which Holcim Awards can successfully bring. The substantial prizes offered by this contest to innovative projects constitute an additional incentive. The Holcim team aims to provide all those who wish to be part of the competition with professional help and support", said Markus Wirth, Country Manager of Holcim Romania.
There are two categories within the competition. The Holcim Awards (main) category is open to participants of every age for projects at an advanced stage of design with a high probability of execution. A "Next Generation" category is open for project visions at a conceptual level, early stage of design or with a low probability of execution. The "Next Generation" category is open to project author(s) less than 35 years of age at close of entries in the competition.
Holcim Awards 2010 opens for projects on July 1 and closes for submissions on March 23, 2011. The competition has a preliminary, regional phase, followed by a global phase. In the first stage, the first 3 continental projects will be selected in 2011 and will go further in the global stage, organised in 2011-2012. The evaluation of all the Holcim Awards projects will be made by juries of specialists in the architecture and construction industry and academia.
Projects will be submitted on the official website - www.holcimawards.org. Here you can find additional information about the competition, evaluation criteria, past projects and general useful information about the field of sustainable construction and architecture trends. The Holcim Awards competition is conducted in partnership with some of the world's leading technical universities. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) leads the global Technical Competence Center (TCC) of the Holcim Foundation. Other partner universities which host the independent competition juries are: l'École Supérieure d'Architecture de Casablanca (EAC) in Morocco; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA; Tongji University in Shanghai, China; and the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City, Mexico. The juries of the second Holcim Awards competition, held in 2007-2009, evaluated almost 5,000 submissions from 120 countries.
The Holcim Foundation promotes sustainable responses to the technological, environmental, socio-economic and cultural issues affecting building and construction at the national, regional and global levels. Its activities include regional and global Holcim Awards competitions for sustainable construction projects and visions, offering prize money of USD 2 million every three years. http://www.holcimfoundation.org/
The Holcim Foundation is supported by Holcim Ltd. Holcim is one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel). We also supply ready-mix concrete and asphalt, and provide related services. The group is present in over 70 countries on all continents and has approximately 80.000 employees.
Holcim (Romania) S.A. currently operates 2 cement plants in Câmpulung and Aleşd, one grinding station in Turda, 20 environmentally-friendly ready-mix concrete plants, 5 aggregates plants and a cement terminal in Bucharest. Holcim (Romania) S.A. has approximately 1,200 employees. For more information, please visit http://www.holcim.ro