The sixth international LafargeHolcim Awards seeks building solutions and visions that go beyond convention to address the challenges of sustainability. The competition is open for entries through Feb. 25, 2020, and offers a total of $2 million in prize money.

The LafargeHolcim Awards program has two categories: Main and Next Generation. In both categories, the project must not have commenced execution prior to Jan. 1, 2019. There is no limit to the number of projects that any individual or team may enter in the competition. However, the same project may not be entered in both categories of the competition.

The Main category is for exemplary sustainable construction projects at an advanced stage of design from architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construction technology, and related fields. There is no age restriction for project authors. The Next Generation category seeks visionary design concepts and bold ideas at a preliminary stage of design, including design studio and research work. To participate in this category, authors must be under the age of 30. Students and young professionals are welcome to enter the main category with projects that have reached an advanced stage of design.

Independent expert juries in five geographic regions of the world evaluate submissions using the comprehensive “target issues” for sustainable construction of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. The criteria cover innovation and transferability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and compatibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact.

Submitting entries in the competition is free and must be made in English using a web-based form at www.lafargeholcim-awards.org/enter to provide information on authorship, a project summary, technical details, as well as project images and/or illustrations.

Prizes will be presented at LafargeHolcim Awards ceremonies in each region – Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific – between September and November 2020. The 15 regional recipients are automatically nominated for the Global LafargeHolcim Awards in 2021.

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