WALTHAM, Mass. /PRNewswire/ -- Final Call for architectural and building professionals along with students to compete for a share of $2 million in prize money in the prestigious international Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction. The competition celebrates innovative, future-oriented and tangible projects and visions from around the globe and is open to anyone involved with approaches that contribute towards a more sustainable built environment.
Former winners include The California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; a true benchmark of sustainable education. The facility includes a rain forest, aquarium, living roof and numerous hands-on learning exhibits and programs. Another winner from San Francisco is Public Architecture's Day Labor Station. This project exemplifies the social responsibility aspect of sustainability and will dramatically improve the lives of day laborers and bring civility to a complex issue. Public Architecture's John Peterson states "The exposure and financial support of this award has had a powerful impact on our organization."
The 3rd International Holcim Awards competition is comprised of five regional competitions in 2010/11 - North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa Middle East, and Asia Pacific - and a global phase in 2012. Submissions are evaluated by independent juries of internationally renowned architects and academics, using five "target issues" to define sustainable construction. Three of these issues align with the triple bottom line concept of a balanced social, environmental and economic performance. The rest cover contextual and aesthetic impact, innovation and transferability.
The North American jury is headed by Professor Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Additional American jurors include Keller Easterling of Yale University and Sheila Kennedy and Nader Tehrani from MIT.
The Holcim Awards run on a three-year cycle. With nearly 5,000 project submissions from over 120 countries last cycle, the Awards are truly an opportunity to champion sustainability and globally reward the hard work of innovative minds. The Awards are an initiative of the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.
Holcim Awards Categories
The main category of the competition is open to architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues with contemporary building and construction. Projects are eligible for the competition if they have reached an advanced stage of design.
Construction (or commercial production in the case of materials, products and construction technologies) must not have started before July 1, 2010. In addition, the Holcim Awards seeks visions and ideas for the "Next Generation" category, open to student projects created within university programs at final year bachelor level or above (including master's and PhD).
Entries must be submitted online at www.holcimawards.org by March 23, 2011. All entries must be submitted by 10:00am EDT. Step-by-step instructions on how to enter the competition are available at: www.holcimawards.org/guides
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