Foundations 4 Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction The Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been celebrated for the first time ever: at ceremonies in Geneva, Boston, Beijing, Johannesburg, and Rio de Janeiro the authors and 46 teams behind the best submitted projects were recognized with regional Holcim Awards as well as Acknowledgement and Encouragement prizes. The many guests at the ceremonies – all in all 1,500 people from 60 countries! – were enthusiastic about the festive events and the accompanying program. No wonder: the hosting Holcim Group companies in Switzerland, the US, China, South Africa and Brazil did a first-class job of organizing and conduct- ing the events. In this edition of “Foundations”: All about the regional Holcim Awards cere- monies, the winners and their projects! Newspaper of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction for employees of the Holcim Group November 2005 6 Europe: Precise and lively 8 Asia Pacific: An event of emotions 10 North America: A focus on architecture 12 Africa Middle East: Bridging a continent 14 Latin America: A touch of carnival Applause for the winners! Congratulating the winners in Geneva: Markus Akermann, Chairman of the Board of the Holcim Foundation and CEO of Holcim (left), and Hansueli Heé, Holcim Exco Member for Europe.