Foundations 12

The Holcim Awards competition is now in its third round. It has become firmly anchored among building professionals around the globe: Never have so many entries – and so many good ones – been submitted. A review shows that the competition is meeting its ambitious long-term targets: Many of the projects awarded in the first two cycles have been built – pictured “Metropol Parasol” in Seville – and today they sustainably enhance the quality of life of their users. Dedication bears fruit May 2011 Photo: Fernando Alda The seeds that the Holcim Foundation has sown throughout the world for the cause of sustainable construction are germinating. At the start of the third cycle of the Holcim Awards competition a bountiful harvest is apparent: over 6000 architects, planners, and engineers with projects in 146 countries submitted their entries right up to the deadline, contending for the highly-coveted Awards. Markus Akermann, CEO of Holcim Ltd and Chairman of the Management Board of the Holcim Foundation, is well satisfied with this result: “We are proud of reaching so many talented people around the globe with our competition already for the third time – and that we may support so many exceptional projects. This is our way of helping sustain- able construction make the difficult jump from theory into practice.” The juries are now screening the entries to identify the winners. In the fourth quarter of 2011, at five regional ceremonies, it will be announced which projects will receive a share of the total two million US dollars in prize money.