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our world more sustainable The Holcim Awards is a competition of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction based in Switzerland. The independent Foundation is an initiative of Holcim Ltd, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates (crushed stone, sand and gravel) as well as downstream activities such as ready-mix concrete and asphalt including services. The Group holds majority and minority interests in more than 70 countries on all continents. The plan for refurbishing San Rafael-Unido in Caracas, Venezuela, not only advances local pride and resource- fulness; it is an ethically responsive and environmen- tally sensitive approach to sustainably minimizing socioeconomic hardship. “Greening the Infrastructure at Benny Farm in Montreal, Canada” is a low-cost housing and urban renewal project skillfully designed to incorporate many beneficial technologies for excellent building performance and sustainable efficiency. “Waterpower – Renewal Strategy for the Mulini Valley near Amalfi, Italy” is a regional masterplan that renews through sensitive preservation and innovation instead of replacement, beautifully integrating the natural and built environments. The design for a new main station in Stuttgart, Germany, reclaims lost urban space and stimulates social pride through a new urban center that displays aesthetic sensibility and mastery of materials. 3,000 participants from 118 countries submitted sustainable construction projects. The most outstanding were honored with global Holcim Awards. Gold goes to Germany and Venezuela, silver to Italy and bronze to Canada. Congratulations. The next Holcim Awards competition will open for submissions in the second half of 2007. Winner: Christoph Ingenhoven, Ingenhoven Architekten, Düsseldorf, Germany Winners: Luigi Centola, Centola & Associati, Rome; Mariagiovanna Riitano, University of Salerno, Italy; in cooperation with partners in Italy, Spain, the USA and UK Winners: Daniel S. Pearl with Mark Poddubiuk and Bernard Olivier, L’OEUF, Montreal, Canada Winners: Silvia Soonets, Isabel Cecilia Pocaterra, Maria Ines Pocaterra, Victor Gastier, Proyectos Arqui 5 CA, Caracas, Venezuela