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International Holcim Awards receives over 6000 entries

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The 4th International Holcim Awards competition attracted over 6000 projects and visions in sustainable construction from 152 countries.

The diverse geographic spread of entries and growth in submissions from developing countries confirms the importance of creating a more sustainable built environment. Entries will be screened for compliance before evaluation by independent juries across the globe. The results will be announced at prize-handover events in 4Q14.

Holcim Awards

The Holcim Awards recognise innovative projects and future-oriented concepts, and are conducted in parallel across five regions.  The broad range of submissions includes Main category projects at an advanced stage of design and ‘Next Generation’ visions and ideas across architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape, urban design and infrastructure, as well as materials, products and construction technologies.

The 6103 entries registered within the competition period reflect the growing importance of sustainable construction in emerging markets as well as a high awareness of this critical topic among young professionals and university students.

Increase in participation

Compared to previous cycles, the largest increase in participation was registered in Africa and the Middle East and the highest volume of entries came from Asia Pacific. The growing number of submissions in the ‘Next Generation’ category for the first time balances the distribution of entries between the two competition categories.

All entries will now undergo a formal check, before being presented to an independent jury panel in the region where the project is to be constructed.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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