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Holcim Awards 2013/2014


The International Holcim Awards is one of the most significant competitions in its field. The regional phase of the competition is now open for entries. It seeks leading projects from industry professionals and spirited ideas from the "Next Generation" that contribute to sustainability within architecture, building, civil engineering, landscape and urban design, as well as construction materials and technologies. This fourth cycle of the competition offers prize money of USD 2 million. Online registration is possible until March 24, 2014 at

Independent jury panels of renowned architects and academics evaluate qualified entries against the five "target issues" for sustainable construction which cover economic, social and environmental performance as well as contextual/aesthetic impact, and innovation/transferability. The juries are headed by Jean-Philippe Vassal (for competition region Europe), Toshiko Mori (North America), Bruno Stagno (Latin America), Howayda Al-Harithy (Africa Middle East) and Rahul Mehrotra (Asia Pacific). Full list of jury members at:

Utilize the step by step guide here and enter the Main Category if your project is at an advanced stage of design or enter the Next Generation category if you're a student between 18 and 30.

EcoCasa Suyana is an sustainable, open-source home project in Argentina

EcoCasa Suyana is a project lead by a couple of young engineers and travelers that is the first ecological, economical and 100% open-source home in Argentina. Suyana means “hope” in Quechua language and idea of EcoCasa Suyana project is to build a green, sustainable, affordable home, that can be a model for the construction of community housing. The concept was created by Noa and Cristian, a couple who decided to change their life nine months ago. They sold their few possessions in Buenos Aires and began a trip in Latin America.

During their trip, they discovered social and environmental problems that appeared to have an easy solution given the right materials and know-how. Noa and Cristian realized that “in order to improve the quality of life and reduce the impact on the environment, we need to bring together various sustainable technologies and practices into one place: in a house that can be visited and serve as an inspiration for better housing.” Each stage will be documented and the project will be 100% open source in order to share the information with people in need. The design can be adapted depending on the climate, population and the materials available in order to adapt the model to other locations.

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Cattle are the World’s Top Greenhouse Gas Emitters Among Livestock, Study Finds

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If you hope to dramatically reduce your greenhouse gas footprint, you need look no farther than your dinner plate. A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that cattle are the top emitters of greenhouse gasses among livestock. The research, backed by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) found that among small ruminants, poultry, and pigs, cattle were responsible for more than three-quarters of emissions.

2016, the Year of Aravena

[Photo: Cristobal Palma]

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been named the 41st recipient – and fourth from Latin America – of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Here is the announcement video from the Hyatt Foundation:

In addition to the prestigious prize, Aravena is directing this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which goes under the theme, "Reporting from the Front." Needless to say, he's having a good year.

First things first, though: Aravena was far from the top choice in the poll that was on this blog for the last three weeks. The results of the poll (which, as a test, allowed voters to choose more than one architect) are as follows:
1: Steven Holl, with 819 votes
2: David Chipperfield, with 781 votes
3: Bjarke Ingels, with 744 votes
T4: Kengo Kuma, with 736 votes
T4: Tod Williams Billie Tsien, with 736 votes
T13: "Other," with 718 votes

Foster completes his first building in South America

[FIRST LOOK + PLAN] Foster + Partners has unwrapped this nine-storey apartment block in Buenos Aires, the UK largest practice’s first completed building in Latin America

Form and Pedagogy: Carlos Garciavelez on the university city in Latin America

Carlos Garciavelez (MAUD '12 and lecturer in urban design) published part of his Druker Fellowship research "Form and Pedagogy: An Atlas of 20th Century University City in Latin America" in the Argentinian architectural journal PLOT. Garciavelez’s applied research project traces the university campus model in Latin America as the most salient symbol of progress of the 20th century large-scale urban interventions inscribed into the Latin American city.

Photo Essay: Latin America's Moment Arrives Again

São Paulo–based Leonardo Finotti took new photographs of many of the buildings featured in MoMA's current exhibition on the architecture of Latin America.