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Ceremony in Beirut celebrates winners of the Africa and Middle East edition of the Holcim Awards 2014

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Twelve sustainable construction projects were recognised at the Holcim Awards 2014 for Africa and the Middle East at a ceremony in Beirut. The projects were evaluated by an independent jury, which was hosted by the American University of Beirut and led by head judge Howayda Al-Harithy (Lebanon). The panel comprised Marc Angélil (Switzerland), Javier de Benito (Switzerland), Aziza Chaouni (Morocco), Fasil Giorghis (Ethiopia), Daniel Irurah (South Africa), Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso), Hansjürg Leibundgut (Switzerland), and Amer Moustafa (United Arab Emirates).

Main category

  • GoldEco-Techno Park: Green building showcase and enterprise hub, Turkey, by Onat Öktem and Zeynep Öktem, ONZ Architects, Turkey.
  • SilverEvergreen City: Urban pine forest rehabilitation, Lebanon, by Raëd Abillama, Raëd Abillama Architects, Lebanon, further authors include Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, Associaton for Forests Development & Conservation, Lebanon, Youssef Abillama, Maintenance Management Group, Lebanon.
  • BronzeIncremental Construction: Low-cost modular housing scheme, Ethiopia, by Dirk Donath, Bauhaus University, Germany, further authors include Brook Haileselassie, Asgedom Berhe, Helawie Sewnet and Sarah Yusuf, Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building, Construction & City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Peter Dissel, Afro-European Engineers, Ethiopia, Jakob Mettler, Bauhaus University, Germany.

Acknowledgement prizes

  • Adaptive Re-Use: Women’s centre and playground, Palestine, by Shatha Safi, Riwaq (Center for Architectural Conservation), Palestine and Yara Sharif, NG Architects and Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), UK, further authors include Aye Al Tahhan, Khaldun Bshara, Tareq Dar Naser and Yousef Dar Taha, Riwaq (Center for Architectural Conservation), Palestine; Miriam Ozanne and Murray Fraser, Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), UK, Nasser Golzari, NG Architects and Palestine Regeneration Team (PART), UK.
  • Chicoco Radio: Community building designed for urban flooding, Nigeria, by Kunlé Adeyemi, NLÉ Works, Nigeria, further authors include Marco Cestarolli, Berend Strijland and Olina Terzi, NLÉ Works, Netherlands, Farooq Adenugba and Martin Oreoluwa, NLÉ Works, Nigeria, Albert Taylor and David Watson, AKT II Engineers, UK, Larin Williams, Pinconsult Engineers, Nigeria, Michael Uwemedimo and Priyanka Bista, CMAP, Nigeria, Fubara Tokuibiye and Marcus George, Okrika Waterfront Community, Nigeria.
  • Co-op Capacity Building: Community farming and market hub, Rwanda, by Pamela Larocca, Urban Future organisation, Italy, further authors include Costanza La Mantia, Bantu Studio, South Africa.
  • Weaving Publicness: Socially-integrated office building with sustainable façade, Ethiopia, by Ken De Cooman and Wes Degreef, BC architects, Belgium, Adeyabeba Tadesse Hailemariam, ABBA architects, Ethiopia.
  • White Canvas: Health centre and school in refugee camp, Mauritania, by Attila Szabadics, ArchSus Group, Hungary, further authors include Mónica Rácz, ArchSus Group, Hungary.

Next generation prizes

1stBio-Mimicry: Water research center, Fika Patso Dam, South Africa, by Jurie Swart, South Africa.

2ndDestroyed City Told: Earthquake memorial and archaeological museum, Morocco, by Chamss Doha Oulkadi, BOM architecture, Morocco/France, further authors include Laurent Sanz, France and Mohamed Belhouari, Morocco/France.

3rdMachinarium: Regenerative urban catalyst and textile production, South Africa, by Heidi van Eeden, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

4thWaste to Energy: Urban energy recovery and development concept, Lebanon, by Marylynn Antaki, Christina Attiyeh, Mira Boumatar, Romy El Sayah and Yara Rahme, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Further information about the winning projects can be found here.

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