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    Beauty and the Best

    by ArchitectureWeek

    More than just resource-efficient buildings, projects from Venezuela, Germany, Italy, and Canada recently chosen as recipients of the first global Holcim Awards demonstrate "sustainability" as integration with their larger urban, social, and technological context. They were recently selected from 15 finalists after a series of regional competitions with more than 3,000 submissions from 118 countries.

    Jointly receiving gold awards, amid all this competition, were a railway station in Stuttgart, Germany and an urban integration project in Caracas, Venezuela. The silver went to a regional master plan and renewal strategy for the Mulini Valley near Amalfi and Scala, Italy, and the bronze to a low-cost housing and urban renewal project in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

    Adèle Naudé Santos, dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning and head of the Holcim Awards jury, explained in her address at the awards ceremony how sustainable construction was of critical importance to the ongoing viability of communities. “Sustainability has less to do with buildings and more to do with process and behavior — and must particularly inspire city planning,” she said.

    One of the two gold awards went to Christoph Ingenhoven of Ingenhoven und Partner Architeckten for a new main railway station in Stuttgart. The new high-speed rail line will go underground to free up land for urban development and green space. The design proposes to extend an adjacent park over the top of the subterranean tracks and platforms.   >>>

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    One of two gold awards from the Holcim Foundation went to Ingenhoven und Partner Architeckten for a new railway station in Stuttgart, Germany.
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    "Light eyes" illuminate the subterranean railway platform.
    Image: Ingenhoven und Partner Architeckten


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