Global design competitions: shaping a sustainable future /construire un avenir durable

L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui: What impact have the LafargeHolcim Awards had on your project? Loreta Castro Reguera: Winning the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2017 for Latin America gave an unprecedented impulse to our project. Lobbying for its development meant walking an arduous path. In early 2017, with a project that was going through the process of revision from the government side, we decided to apply for the LafargeHolcim Awards. We were really excited and surprised when, seven months later, we learned about our Gold Award. It was the first time in which the work of five years was recognised and used as an example of the immense effects that good design can produce in creating more sustainable and liveable cities. The prize was our incentive to promote an important Urban catalyst The issue of water management, particularly in underequipped urban areas, is a crucial one for Mexico City. Jointly coordinating a team at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Loreta Castro Reguera and Manuel Perló Cohen developed an innovative approach. This programme works to integrate public space and light hydraulic infrastructures, thereby offering an alternative to the usual strategies, a proposal that won the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold for Latin America in 2017, and the Global Award Gold in 2018. Interview with Loreta Castro Reguera Entretien avec Loreta Castro Reguera Catalyseur d’urbanité La question de la gestion des eaux, plus encore dans les zones urbaines sous- équipées, est cruciale à Mexico. Loreta Castro Reguera et Manuel Perló Cohen ont développé, au sein de l’Université nationale autonome du Mexique, une approche innovante qui réunit espaces publics et infrastructures hydrauliques légères, proposant ainsi une alternative aux stratégies habituelles. Un projet lauréat de l’Or aux LafargeHolcim Awards pour l’Amérique latine en 2017, ainsi qu’aux Global LafargeHolcim Awards en 2018. Public recognition 10 Loreta Castro Reguera Architect Co-founder of Taller Capital office Mexico City, Mexico Architecte Co-fondatrice de l’agence Taller Capital Mexico, Mexique LA QUEBRADORA Location: Mexico City, Mexico Architects: Loreta Castro Reguera and Manuel Perló Cohen Awards: LafargeHolcim Awards Gold Latin America 2017 Global LafargeHolcim Award Gold 2018 Typology: Urban project Programme: Publicly-accessible water retention and treatment complex