LafargeHolcim Foundation has announced the winners at the Regional LafargeHolcim Awards Ceremony 2020 Asia Pacific. Out of the five projects declared winners under the Next Generation category for Asia Pacific region, three were Indian projects. The 'Recovered Foreshore in India' project – Waterfront sanitation and community infrastructure by Soledad Patiño was awarded the first prize. 'Towers of Strength in India' – Multifunctional amenities and services in informal settlements by Lorenzo Fernandes was conferred with the second position and Cultivated Envelope in India – Vernacular green facade system by Divya Jyoti also bagged an award.
The top three winners received prize money of USD 25,000, USD 20,000, and USD 15,000, while the two ex aequo fourth-place winners received USD 10,000, each. Each winner also received a personalized trophy featuring the Modulor of the Swiss architect LeCorbusier.
Neeraj Akhoury, CEO India, Holcim and MD & CEO of Ambuja Cements Limited, said, "Witnessing the display of design prowess by young professionals is inspiring. Three Indian projects being recognised at the Awards is a great feat and I would like to congratulate the brilliant young minds. The winning projects from India, Thailand, and Indonesia all share a strong focus on social sustainability. At Holcim, we advocate innovation, sustainable construction and achieving net-zero, and through these recognitions, we aim to encourage more architects and designers to come up with cutting-edge climate positive designs and solutions."