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

Networks for the future L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui: In your view, what were the outcomes of this prize? Meriem Chabani: The LafargeHolcim Award has provided opportunities to meet people from all over the world and have ongoing discussions around sustainability in the construction field. It also gave us a sense of legitimacy and confidence that we have found invaluable in our development. Plus, thanks to the prize, our project has been widely published and we have received numerous invitations to present our work. We have since established TXKL, an architecture firm with members of our competition team, and New South, a research platform co-founded with other architects, including another award winner. AA: More specifically, what was the impact of this prize with regard to the progress of your winning project? MC: As a reminder, our project investigates relationships between producer and consumer nations in the global garment industry. It addresses practices of labour exploitation in Bangladesh through a shift from mass production to a micro- Architecture as a manifesto MeriemChabani, Étienne Chobaux and John Edomwere awarded a LafargeHolcimNext Generation Prize for Asia Pacific in 2014. Their project analysed the urban structure of the cities in Bangladesh from the point of view of their micro-industries. Their firm, TXKL, grew out of this urban rethink. Architecture manifeste Meriem Chabani, Étienne Chobaux et John Edom ont été désignés lauréats d’un Prix LafargeHolcim Next Generation pour la région Asie-Pacifique en 2014. Leur projet analyse la structure urbaine des villes du Bangladesh à partir de leurs micro- industries. De cette réflexion est née leur agence : TXKL. Meriem Chabani Architect Co-founder of TXKL Paris, France Architecte Co-fondatrice de l’agence TXKL Paris, France REMADE IN BANGLADESH Location: Chittagong, Bangladesh Architects: Meriem Chabani, Étienne Chobaux and John Edom Award: LafargeHolcim Next Generation 5 th Prize Asia Pacific 2014 Typology: Urban project Programme: Garment district intervention Interview with Meriem Chabani Entretien avec Meriem Chabani 42