In a statement issued by the Director Communication, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Lafarge Africa Plc, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem said “we are excited Nigeria is taking part for the first time as a country and with the impressive turnout of entrants. Nigeria as the home to some of Africa’s fastest growing cities, the competition would promote sustainable projects and concepts the country needs to urgently address its peculiar challenges of urbanization.
“The combined population of Nigeria’s fastest growing cities: Abuja, Benin City, Ibadan, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Onitsha and Port Harcourt is expected to swell to 54million by 2030, according to UN Habitat. This edition of the competition is seeking smart and sustainable construction solutions for cities.
|Director Communication, Public Affairs and Sustainable Development, Lafarge Africa Plc, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem|
Ambrose-Medebem further averred that “all entries from the fields of architecture, urban design and planning, and civil engineering are judged based on the target issues for sustainable construction: Progress, People, Planet, Prosperity and Place. Regional winners in the three categories (Main, Next Generation and Focus) will be awarded a total of USD 330,000. In all USD 2 million in prize money is awarded in each three-year cycle. The LafargeHolcim Awards is open to students, architects, planners, engineers, project owners, builders and construction firms in 90 countries where the LafargeHolcim Group operates.”