The Lafarge Africa, a member of the Lafarge Holcim group, has announced the commencement of entries for the 6th Circle of the Lafarge Holcim Awards for Sustainable Architectural Designs.
Making the announcement at the company’s office in Lagos recently, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, Director, Communications, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, said the Lafarge Holcim Awards seek for leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combines sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence.
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She said the 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020, adding that the awards foreground projects and concepts from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related fields with a total prize money of $2 million.
Folashade explained that the main awards category is open to architects, engineers, planners, project owners, builders and construction firms for projects at an advanced stage of design with high probability of execution, while the Next Generation category is open for young professionals and students up to 30 years of age seeks visions and bold ideas.
“In both categories, execution of the project may not have started before January 1, 2019”.
She said the award evaluation criteria would be around five “target issues” which includes Innovation and Transferability, indicating Progress; Ethical standards and social inclusion, people oriented; Resource and environmental performance, Planet; Economic viability and Compatibility- Prosperity and Contextual and Aesthetic Impact, Place.
She also said that the projects are evaluated across the world’s five geographical regions.
These she said include Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
Also explaining the awards progression, Titilope Oguntuga, Sustainable Development and Corporate Brand Manager, Lafarge Africa said: “following the closure of entries in February 21, 2020, there will be the jury assessment from around July where the regional winners will be announced in November 2020, while the final leg of the award will be the global competition which will happen in 2021”.
The award organisers while announcing the official commencement of entries also used the occasion to encourage Nigerian architectural designers to submit winning entries for Nigeria in order to bring glory to their fatherland, Nigeria.
Speaking on sustainability as the way to go for any forward looking organisation like Lafarge group, Ginikanwa Frank Durugbor, Business Engagement Communication Manager, Lafarge Africa, said sustainability is embedded in Lafarge core values, corporate strategy, noting that whatever the company does it allows sustainability to play strongly in the operation, initiatives and ideas.
She noted that the Lafarge Holcim award was launched in 2003 and this is the 6th circle of the award in Nigeria and has recorded some milestones, some of which includes the acknowledgement price in 2014 when Kunle Adeyemi won the award through what he built in Port Harcourt.
Also speaking on the need for Nigeria to make strong impact in the award, Tonye Oliver Braide, the immediate past president, Nigerian Institute of Architect, pointed out the importance of the award, especially from the perspective of the Cairo sustainable forum.
He said the forum was not strictly a building project, but projects that were solutions to specific problems plaguing humanity.
He mentioned, for instance, the problems of space and social inclusion.
He said there is a problem of social inclusion in the society where Muslim and Christian are polarised in terms of social integration and inclusion.
“Is there any community center where the Muslims would worship on Fridays, and on Sundays the Christians would also worship while the week days it will equally serve as a primary school?
These are the kind of social inclusion themes the award will be looking forward to. How do you tackle gender inclusion? How do you bring down social inclusion gap in the society?
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