2021 Next Generation Winners
22. June 2021
The 21 winners across five regional categories. (All images courtesy of LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction)
The LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction has announced the Next Generation prize winners in the sixth cycle of its LafargeHolcim Awards: 21 "visionary concepts" by students and practitioners up to 30 years of age in five regions.
The Next Generation prizes are one half of the LafargeHolcim Awards, which also consists of the Main category projects "that are ready for implementation," per the Foundation. In total, the sixth cycle of the awards received 4,742 submissions, roughly half of them entered into the Next Generation category. Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim, considers the category "a catalyst to amplify the best ideas by giving a stage to the brightest minds in sustainable design and construction."
Each region had its own jury that looked at all of the projects (about half) that passed the pre-evaluation stage. The jury chairs were Jeannette Kuo (Europe), Reed Kroloff (North America), Loreta Castro Reguera (Latin America), Mariam Kamara (Middle East Africa), and Nirmal Kishnani (Asia Pacific). They generally described the submissions as "thoughtful and forward looking," "hopeful." and "a window into the youth of today."
The 21 winners are listed and illustrated below in order of when the regions made their announcements, which happened between June 14 and June 18. Winners in the Main category of the LafargeHolcim Awards will be announced in mid-November, during a hybrid event being held in conjunction with the Venice Architecture Biennale. Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Biennale, also serves as head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Jury for 2021.
Javier Estebala Alández: Accumulating Shelter in Spain – Dune reconstructive bayside infrastructureEx aequo (USD 15,000):
"A project where the forces of nature are harnessed by creative landscape design and iconic architecture to regenerate the northern coastline of Cádiz."
Winner: Javier Estebala Alández, architect, Madrid, Spain
Yufei He: Thermal Processor in Switzerland – Waste energy recovery for residential useEx aequo (USD 15,000):
"A project to convert the waste heat from a data center in Zurich into “free” energy for heating and cooling."
Winner: Yufei He, architect and scientific assistant, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Annik Keoseyan: Transforming Collectivity in Belgium – Community housing for socially empowered livingEx aequo (USD 15,000):
"A social housing concept for Brussels where transformation, sharing and support are the premises for more sustainable and socially empowered living."
Winner: Annik Keoseyan, architect and urban designer, Mexico City, Mexico
Shneel Malik: Tessellated Cleansing from the United Kingdom – Bioremediation tiles for water purificationEx aequo (USD 15,000):
"A ribbed tile uses microalgal bioremediation to clean polluted water and empower local communities in developing countries."
Winner: Shneel Malik, architect & biodesign researcher, Bio-Integrated Design Lab, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, United Kingdom
Daniel Marshall: Unmaking Architecture, New York – Management tool for reusing salvaged materials1st prize (USD 25,000):
"An artificial-intelligence-based tool to optimize the reuse of demolition rubble."
Winner: Daniel Marshall, Teaching Fellow (2019/2020), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
Daniel Francisco Gonzalez and Noor Shaikh: Off the Wall, Canada – Making building components from food-processing byproducts2nd prize (USD 20,000):
"A smart production system uses byproducts from agriculture and aquaculture to make elegant building components."
Winners: Daniel Francisco Gonzalez, student, and Noor Shaikh, consultant, IXIM Bioproducts Inc., Waterloo and Toronto, Canada
Samuel Clovis: Performative Landscapes in Florida – Contextual reconversion of an industrial site3rd prize (USD 15,000):
"A design for converting an impacted site on Tampa Bay into a productive and attractive landscape."
Winner: Samuel Clovis, architect, Los Angeles, USA
Phoebe Mankiewicz: Pure Inhale, Connecticut – Plant-based design module research4th prize (USD 10,000):
"A research-based project deploys vegetation to tackle environmental, health, and social challenges in urban areas."
Winner: Phoebe Mankiewicz, Ph.D. student, Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, New Haven, CT, USA
Danielle Gregorio: Buoyant Housing in Brazil – Riverside living and community complex1st prize (USD 25,000):
"A housing project inspired by indigenous vernacular architecture to empower riverside communities of Manaus."
Winner: Danielle Gregorio, student at the University of São Paulo, Brazil
Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, and María Rosario Ruiz Cabello: Fluid Buffer in Argentina – Urban flood mitigation and recreation infrastructure2nd prize (USD 20,000):
"Water-management infrastructure in Resistencia transforms floodwater into a resource for the community."
Winners: Gimena Ponce Abba, María Florencia Ruiz Cabello, and María Rosario Ruiz Cabello, students at the National University of Córdoba, Argentina
Pablo Goldin Marcovich: Improving Market in Mexico – Urban commercial rejuvenation and capacity building3rd prize (USD 15,000):
"A retrofit intervention for a market offers new environmental, economic, and social growth opportunities in Mexico City."
Winner: Pablo Goldin Marcovich, student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City
Lina Fernanda Valencia Lozano, Juan Camilo Muñoz, and Jhon Salazar Ruiz: Protective Canopy in Colombia – Landscape revitalization and botanical pavilion4th prize (USD 10,000):
"A botanical pavilion in Bogotá heals landscape from human activities and offers new pedagogical and recreational public space."
Winners: Lina Fernanda Valencia Lozano, Juan Camilo Muñoz, and Jhon Salazar Ruiz, students at the University of Valle, Cali, Colombia
Middle East Africa
Priscilla Namwanje: Connective Infrastructure in Uganda – Inter-scale design for community integration1st prize (USD 25,000):
"A multi-scale design project for a neighborhood in Kampala to foster social interaction and economic vitality."
Winner: Priscilla Namwanje, architect, Kampala, Uganda
Tala Shelbayh: Living Memorial in Jordan – Cemetery reconfiguration for urban greening2nd prize (USD 20,000):
"A project that attributes new public character to cemeteries in Amman, conserves land, and enhances the value of urban green space."
Winner: Tala Shelbayh, student, German Jordanian University, Amman, Jordan
Evgenii Varlygin: Plastic Extractor in Sierra Leone – Multipurpose recycling facility3rd prize (USD 15,000):
"A multipurpose facility to collect and recycle plastic litter and enhance social and economic life in an informal settlement in Freetown."
Winner: Evgenii Varlygin, student, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Noor Marji: Earthen Education in Iraq – School reinterpreting vernacular architecture4th prize (USD 10,000):
"An educational complex in Basra to revive the architectural and cultural value of Mesopotamian Marshes."
Winner: Noor Marji, architect/student, Amman, Jordan
Soledad Patiño: Recovered Foreshore in India – Waterfront sanitation and community infrastructure1st prize (USD 25,000):
"A project that brings social and economic legitimacy to waterfront districts of Mumbai through a new network of sustainable infrastructure."
Winner: Soledad Patiño, architect and urban designer, Harvard Graduate School of Design, MA, USA
Lorenzo Fernandes: Towers of Strength in India – Multifunctional amenities and services in informal settlements2nd prize (USD 20,000):
"An acupunctural design intervention to improve the sustainability of Mumbai’s informal settlements."
Winner: Lorenzo Fernandes, architect, Mumbai, India
Dolathep Chetty: Mangrove Recovery in Thailand – Coastal erosion and economic enhancement3rd prize (USD 15,000):
"A proposal to tackle the coastal erosion and ecosystem threats in the northern Gulf of Thailand while promoting sustainable fishing and tourism."
Winner: Dolathep Chetty, graduate in architecture from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Rionaldi Gunari, Nicholas Rodriques, and Gani Wiratama: Buoyant Amenity in Indonesia – Floating sanitation facility upgrade4th prize ex aequo (USD 10,000):
"A project that upgrades vernacular river sanitation systems in Jakarta to reconcile ecosystems with the local community."
Winners: Rionaldi Gunari, Nicholas Rodriques, and Gani Wiratama, students, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia
Divya Jyoti: Cultivated Envelope in India – Vernacular green facade system4th prize ex aequo (USD 10,000):
"A multifunctional green facade system implemented in Pune coherently responds to environmental, cultural, and economic concerns."
Winner: Divya Jyoti, architect, PMA madhushala, Pune, India