5000 ideas to build a sustainable future

5000 ideas to build a sustainable future
Published: 05 March 2008

At the close of entries on February 29, 4774 submissions were registered for the second US$2m-Holcim Awards for sustainable construction projects and visions from authors in 90 countries. The competition focuses the minds of students, architects, planners and engineers on creating innovative construction projects that truly champion sustainability and promotes innovative ideas and solutions round the globe.
 
“We want to add some real impetus to sustainable construction thinking” says Head of the competition’s Technical Committee, and ETH Zurich professor of engineering, Hans-Rudolf Schalcher. “We urgently need clever ideas to accelerate the sustainable performance of buildings where we all live, work and play.”
 
The competition is run by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation to promote ground-breaking projects already at an advanced stage of design, and encourage “blue sky” concepts from the next generation. “After the first Holcim Awards, we created a new category for young professionals” says Foundation Board member and ETH Zurich professor of architecture, Marc Angélil. “We’re delighted with the strong response to the ‘Next Generation’ category, and continued enthusiasm for the competition.” More than one third of the entries were made in the “Next generation” category (three prizes per region), the rest in the main Awards category (three Awards and up to six Acknowledgement prizes per region).