Studio + is an academic programme developed by Lafarge in partnership with architecture schools. The programme is an opportunity for architectural students to study in-depth the topic of affordable housing, alongside experienced professionals in this field, with a view to completing their final year-long project on the subject.
More than 4 billion of people around the world do not have access to decent housing. Aware of this growing need for affordable housing, Lafarge developed an expertise in this area. Studio+ is an opportunity for Lafarge to share its scientific and technical knowledge with future architects to enable them to tackle the challenges of providing increasing numbers of affordable homes.
This programme commenced in December 2011 with the first conference focusing on affordable housing at the National Superior School of Architecture of Paris-Belleville (ENSAPB). By the end of this year, more than 100 students will have participated in this programme from universities based around the world, including the ENSAPB, the Bombay JJ College of Architecture in India and the “Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest in Romania.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION - AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2010
Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With more than 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge posted sales of Euros 16.2 billion in 2010.
Lafarge was ranked in sixth place by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" and joined the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 for its sustainable development work. With the world’s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.