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Sustainable design improving communities: top prizes for public space, social integration and resilient infrastructure

The winners of the 4th Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction have been decided, with trophies and US$350,000 prize money going to projects in Colombia, Sri Lanka and the USA. All three prizes recognize architectural interventions that deliver tangible benefits to local communities: turning a decommissioned water reservoir into a park in Medellín; rebuilding social fabric through a community library in Ambepussa following Sri Lanka’s civil war; and creating public zones and flood-protection for the island of Manhattan.

Global Holcim Awards Gold 2015
Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park, Medellín, Colombia
Mario Camargo and Luis Tombé, Colectivo720, together with Juan Calle and Horacio Valencia, EPM Group (Empresas Públicas de Medellín), all Colombia

Global Holcim Awards Silver 2015
Post War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka
Milinda Pathiraja and Ganga Ratnayake, Robust Architecture Workshop, Sri Lanka

Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015
The Dryline: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York City, USA
A consortium led by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Denmark/USA, and One Architecture, Netherlands

The US$2 million Holcim Awards international competition for sustainable design takes place every three years. The 4th cycle attracted more than 6,000 entries for projects to be built in 152 countries. A jury of international experts led by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University selected the winners.

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