CEMEX Announces Winners of 2016 Building Awards

CEMEX Announces Winners of 2016 Building Awards
 

CEMEX has announced the international and national winners of the 25th anniversary edition of  their CEMEX Building Awards at a ceremony in Mexico City. The CEMEX Building Award recognizes the best projects in Mexico and the rest of the world in five categories and with four special prizes. This year, the award received 480 entries in the Mexican Edition and 62 entries in the International Edition, including buildings constructed in 20 different countries.

The 2016 Awards honor the best architecture and construction projects built during 2015 that use concrete technologies in creative and innovative ways with a focus on sustainability and social well-being. Winners were selected based on the criteria of construction process, structural and architectural solutions, integral sustainability, and value creation for users and communities.

“Through the Building Award, CEMEX recognizes the collaboration of clients, contractors, and authorities, who turn ideas into successful and sustainable construction projects,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of CEMEX. “During the 25-year history of the Award, CEMEX has witnessed noteworthy improvements in the building industry—from the widespread use of computer systems and innovative materials to the growing awareness of the importance of sustainability in all areas of our life.”

International Winners by Category

Residential Housing

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Lumina / Arquitectonica & Heller Manus. San Francisco, USA. Image © CEMEX

Lumina / Arquitectonica & Heller Manus. San Francisco, USA. Image © CEMEX

Lumina /
San Francisco, United States

Affordable Housing

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Altos de la Sabana / Studio Domus. Guatemala, Guatemala. Image © Alejandro Guzmán

Altos de la Sabana / Studio Domus. Guatemala, Guatemala. Image © Alejandro Guzmán

Altos de la Sabana
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Building

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Amanera by Aman Resorts / John Heah, Heah & Co., Franc Ortega Río. San Juan, Domincan Republic. Image © Juan Lopez Spratt

Amanera by Aman Resorts / John Heah, Heah & Co., Franc Ortega Río. San Juan, Domincan Republic. Image © Juan Lopez Spratt

Amanera by Aman Resorts
Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic

Collective Space

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MIB
Cholula, Mexico

Infrastructure

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Restitution of Embankment in Tijuana-Ensenada Highway at KM 93
Ensenada, Mexico

Winners of International Special Prizes

Universal Accessibility

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CKK Jordanki / Menis Arquitectos, Arq. Fernando Menis. Toruń, Poland. Image © Menis Arquitectos, Sebastian Klorek

CKK Jordanki / Menis Arquitectos, Arq. Fernando Menis. Toruń, Poland. Image © Menis Arquitectos, Sebastian Klorek

CKK Jordanki
Toruń, Poland

Sustainable Building

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Oak House School
Barcelona, Spain

Construction Innovation

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MIB
Cholula, Mexico

Social Value

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Guild House Slavonice / ov-a/ ov architekti,s.r.o.. Slavonice, Czech Republic. Image © Tomas Soucek

Guild House Slavonice / ov-a/ ov architekti,s.r.o.. Slavonice, Czech Republic. Image © Tomas Soucek

Guild House Slavonice
Slavonice, Czech Republic

Mexico Winners by Category

Residential Housing (tied vote)

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Calderón de la Barca 79 *
Mexico City

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“L” House *
Queretaro, Queretaro

Affordable Housing

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Bodas 82
Mexico City

Building

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Hacienda Niop
Champoton, Campeche

Collective Space

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MIB
Cholula, Puebla

Infrastructure

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Restitution of Embankment in Tijuana-Ensenada Highway at KM 93
Ensenada, Baja California

Winners of Special Prizes Mexico

Universal Accessibility

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Manuel José Othón Theatre
Ciudad Valles, San Luis Potosi

Sustainable Building

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Saqqara Residences
San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon

Social Value

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Filamentario Chapel
Tlajomulco de Zuñiga, Jalisco

Construction Innovation

MIB
Cholula, Puebla

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For the full list of winners, photos, and further details about the projects, please visit the CEMEX media center.

AIA releases statement on 2016 U.S. Election results — Will Trump’s relations with architects change?

Photo via AIA.

Photo via AIA.

The unthinkable has happened and Donald Trump is now the president-elect of the United States. Considering Trump’s rocky relations with architects (and critics) and his comments on America’s “inner cities” during the debates, now that he has won the White House, what does a Trump presidency mean for the architecture industry in the coming years?

In what sounds like every public-figure response to the election results, the AIA released their own statement today saying that they “are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces”. That includes core architecture issues like housing, infrastructure, and energy/the environment. If you need a refresher on Trump’s stances on these issues, Archinect recently summed them up here.

Here is the entire AIA statement from Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy:

“The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with President-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure. During the campaign, President-elect Trump called for committing at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years. We stand ready to work with him and with the incoming 115th Congress to ensure that investments in schools, hospitals and other public infrastructure continue to be a major priority.”

“We also congratulate members of the new 115th Congress on their election. We urge both the incoming Trump Administration and the new Congress to work toward enhancing the design and construction sector’s role as a major catalyst for job creation throughout the American economy.”

“This has been a hard-fought, contentious election process. It is now time for all of us to work together to advance policies that help our country move forward.”

The AIA is gearing up to cooperate with Trump to tackle these pressing urban issues, but will he return the favor? You be the judge.

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