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    Swiss Award to Canadian Projects

    by ArchitectureWeek

    On September 30, 2005, the Swiss Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction honored three North American projects in its annual awards program. The Holcim Foundation, in collaboration with five of the world's leading technical universities, promotes sustainable approaches to environmental design. The awards highlight projects that go beyond technical solutions to consider process, human behavior, and visionary city planning.

    Holcim Foundation advisory board member, Rt. Hon. Simon Upton, (France/ New Zealand), explains that while the concept of sustainability is being embraced by many business people and politicians, it often lacks content or coherence. "The Holcim Awards," Upton says, "are important precisely because they challenge participants to think through sustainable solutions in all their dimensions from the bottom up."

    Five rounds of awards are being presented this fall, for Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa/ Middle East, and Asia/ Pacific. In the North American group, two awards went to Canadian projects and the third to a U.S. building. In the future, ArchitectureWeek will report on the award recipients from the other continents as well.

    Greening of Benny Farm

    The Holcim Gold Award 2005/ North America went to the Canadian firm L'OEUF/ Pearl Poddubiuk et Associés, Architectes for a pilot project for affordable housing, "Greening the Infrastructure at Benny Farm," in Montréal, Québec. Three nonprofit housing organizations — COOP CHEZ SOI, Project ZOO, and HCNDG — are involved.   >>>

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    The Holcim Award-winning "Greening the Infrastructure at Benny Farm" project in Montréal is a collaborative effort of the firm L'OEUF/ Pearl Poddubiuk et Associés, Architectes and nonprofit housing organizations.
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    Benefits were calculated for the larger community, not just for the owners and investors.
    Image: L'OEUF Pearl Poddubiuk et Associés, Architectes


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