International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

TERRAFIBRA AWARD - Global Award In Contemporary Earthen And Plant Fibre-Based Architectures

Grands Ateliers Innovations Architecture and amàco, in partnership with CRAterre and ETH Zurich
Description: This global award aims at promoting the aesthetic properties, the construction advantages and the environmental benefits of 40 buildings thought and built with earth, plant fibres or both. Following on from the TERRA Award in 2016, and the FIBRA Award in 2019, this third edition sheds light on the combination of materials in contemporary architecture. This new event will allow the greater public to discover bio-sourced and mineral materials, while encouraging the development of local industries.

Promises made by governments to fight climate change call for a considerable reduction of the environmental footprint of existing and future constructions. This can be achieved through the use of earth and rapid growth plants; when combined, they drive down the exploitation of non-renewable materials and the energy consumption on the entire life cycle of buildings. Using bio-sourced and mineral resources can lead to the creation of many jobs and boost local economies.

Thousands of buildings in rammed earth, adobe, cob, CEB, as well as bamboo, reed or straw are being built all around our planet and getting the attention of medias and professionals. The TERRAFIBRA Award wants to turn the spotlight on the most inspiring ones. The objective is to reward outstanding projects while praising the courage of clients who have selected bio-sourced and mineral materials, the creativity of designers and the known-how of craftsmen and contractors.

The Award is open to new or renovated buildings, built on any continent, with a significant quantity of earth and/or plant fibres, and completed after January 2010.
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