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

Professional accelerator 28 the construction of a small library for Boralukanda primary school, which is one of many schools in remote Sri Lanka with little or no support, funds, or other forms of assistance to upgrade their physical infrastructure. AA: Would you say these prizes have helped you obtain commissions? MP: The two projects mentioned above were direct outcomes of winning the Awards. In addition, some government agencies, such as the National Building Research Organization (NBRO), have approached us to undertake design interventions on projects with strong social and environmental bias. One example is the Yan-Oya Reservoir Resettlement project, where we have been asked to develop spatial and technical solutions to house communal and social infrastructure for resettled families. AA: As a general rule, what do think is the value of architecture competitions? MP: We hold a very positive opinion about architecture competitions, especially those like the LafargeHolcim Awards, which advance and promote a strong, intellectually-explicit and socially-relevant position on architectural design. We strongly believe that these award systems – when developed with the right kind of discursive intentions, social objectives and professional aspirations – can help advance the architectural profession in general and its intellectual base in particular. Yolanda Kakabadse Former President of WWF-International Member of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards jury in 2012 and 2015 Member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation from 2004 until 2013 Ancienne présidente de WWF-International Membre du jury des Global LafargeHolcim Awards en 2012 et 2015 Membre du conseil d’administration de la Fondation LafargeHolcim de 2004 à 2013 “This project contributes to strengthening society: it deals with conflict management, healing the wounds of a past war and acknowledging that a traumatic event can be turned into an opportunity to look towards the future.” « Ce projet contribue à renforcer la cohésion sociale : il aborde la gestion des conflits, s’attache à panser les plaies encore ouvertes du conflit armé, et rappelle qu’un événement éminemment funeste peut donner lieu à une opportunité de se tourner vers l’avenir.  » The post Civil war reintegration of soldiers is one of the great challenges Sri Lanka faces. This library provided young men from underprivileged backgrounds with on-site construction training. Après la guerre civile, la réintégration des soldats est l’un des grands défis auxquels le Sri Lanka est confronté. Cette bibliothèque a offert à de jeunes hommes issus de milieux défavorisés une formation à la construction, directement sur le site.

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