Today, the Holcim Foundation honored four projects with Global Holcim Awards â€“ a nod to projects that improve lives, reduce environmental footprints, and lead the way to a more sustainable future. I thought the â€œInnovationâ€ project was quite interesting. The $50k Innovation prize went to Liz Ogbu and John Peterson of San Francisco-based Public Architecture for their design of an informal station where laborers can meet and wait for casual work. If you havenâ€™t already seen the self-contained, off-the-grid station, check it out below:
The day labor station includes benches, washrooms, a kitchen, and an educational and training space. To keep the construction costs and environmental footprint to a minimum, the design calls for green and recycled materials. The roof provides friendly shade and an angle for solar panels to generate energy.
The global jury praised the project saying, â€œThe structure provides a solution to what the surrounding neighborhoods often experience as social disorder and what local police forces find difficult to handle. Thus, the benefits extend to a larger social context than that of the workers themselves.â€
Other Global Holcim Award 2009 winners include a river remediation scheme in Morocco (Gold), low impact university campus in Vietnam (Silver), and sustainable planning for a rural community in China (Bronze).