The winners were selected from 15 finalists from all continents, following five regional competitions with more than 3000 submissions from 118 countries. The Silver award went to a regional masterplan and renewal strategy for the Mulini Valley near Amalfi and Scala, Italy. A low-cost housing and urban renewal project in Montreal, Canada, won the Bronze.
The competition was launched by the Swiss-based Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in collaboration with five of the world's leading technical universities in 2004.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) dean of the School of Architecture and Planning and head of the
Holcim Awards jury, Adèle Naudé Santos (USA), said, “Although engaged with intrinsically different cultural challenges, and therefore subject to different possibilities, both projects were considered by the jury to be equal in their embodiment of the aspirations of the Holcim Awards,” she said.
In April next year, a three-day Holcim Forum dedicated to the theme of urban transformation and seeking to promote academic discourse on sustainable construction will be hosted by Tongji University in Shanghai, China.