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10 teams selected for the Well Building 2050 contest

At Dijon, on September 1st, 2016 – Elithis, a consulting and engineering group in the building sector, approved the candidacy of 10 teams for the second step of its international design contest for housing in 2050. The closing date for submission of final projects is on October 19th, 2016, whereas final ranking is to be revealed on November 23th, 2016, during the Build & Connect colloquium organized by the Fibres-Energivie competitive cluster.

10 teams selected: 25 academic disciplines, 17 schools and universities, 9 nationalities represented

From May 18th to July 28th, 2016, students from all over the world could register to the 2016 edition of the Well Building 2050 contest on the official www.wellbuilding2050.com website.

Created by Elithis, an engineering and consultancy group in the building sector, this transdisciplinary competition aims at enabling a new generation of citizens to imagine and conceptualise the future of urban housing by extending the porous boundaries of the possible.

By the closing date for submission of applications, the Elithis Group selected ten teams to participate in the 2nd step of the contest, which represent 50 students, 9 nationalities and 17 different schools and universities*.

In compliance with the rules of the competition, teams were to meet the transdisciplinarity criteria: more than 26 academic disciplines are thus represented including arts, design, physics, cinema, marketing, sociology, psychology, economy, architecture, mathematics, geography, computer science, visual communications, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, energy efficiency engineering, neuroscience and behavioural biology etc.

French, Indian, German, Chinese, Mexican, American, Moldavian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese students are now competing on the theme of Desire, sharing their vision of sustainable urban housing for 2050.
Competing teams are to submit their final project on October 19th, 2016, by midnight. A 20,000$ grant will be offered to the prize-winning team while the 2nd and 3rd best teams will each receive a 5,000$ grant.

Find the list of the teams’ selection on the contest’s official website,  in the « News » section.

* Institut nationale des sciences appliquées of Strasbourg, Ecole supérieure des arts décoratifs of Amiens, HEC Paris, Sciences Po Paris, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture of Versailles, Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Saint-Etienne, Ecole supérieure d’art et de design of Saint-Etienne, Ecole des Mines of Saint-Etienne, Dresden University of Technology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Pratt Institute, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania, Emory University, Universidad Metropolitana of Monterrey, Hanoi Architectural University, Hanoi National University of Education.

Distinctive features of the 2nd edition of the Well Building 2050 contest

This year, the rules of the contest have been loosened up: indeed, Elithis decided not to establish a land location criterion so the candidates have more independence and intellectual freedom. In that way, the Group makes sure not to restrict their imagination, thus enabling them to express their genuine desires for the future of urban-planning. Likewise, neither the substance nor the form of the expected final project have been imposed: has only been given to the teams a list of thematic areas to be tackled to.

Besides, the teams’ composition can be expected to change. Indeed, the 50 selected students are free to add new members to their team to enrich and strengthen their project, especially in terms of diversity and transdisciplinarity.

Winner’s nomination and award ceremony

The quality, as well as the originality of the submitted projects will be carefully examined by the contest’s jury, whose composition will be announced on October 19th, at the latest. Chaired by Thierry Bièvre, Founder of the Elithis Group, this jury is to appoint the three best teams before November 2016.

Final ranking will be revealed during the award ceremony which will be taking place on November 23th, 2016, in Strasbourg, during the international Build & Connect colloquium organised by the Fibres-Energivie competitive cluster, official sponsor of the 2016 edition of the Well Building 2050 contest.

Further information is available on the Well Building 2050 website.

More information about the contest’s organisers

About Elithis, project creator and initiator

Elithis, an engineering and consulting group in the building sector, is among the French leaders in energy efficiency. Created in 2003, the Elithis group has more than 200 employees and achieved an annual financial turnover of 20 million euros in 2015. The group consists of 10 subsidiaries (Elithis Ingénierie, Bénefficience, Odaxia, Egidia, Quintellia, Elithis Asia, Energie Concept, Rigot Rieben , Foundation and Energies Rationnelles) and develops its activities around complementary trades: audit, consulting, energy and environmental performance, engineering and building, project management, construction saving, assistance to business analysis, professional training. As a growing company, the Elithis group pursues its continuous progress approach to the European leadership in building energy and environmental efficiency.

About Fibres-Energivie, official sponsor
Founded in 2050, the ‘Fibres-Energivie’ competitive cluster is the result of the merger of Alsace-Energivie and Fibres, two competitive hubs located in the Alsace-Lorraine region (France). It is the only competitive cluster dedicated to both sustainable buildings and materials. The network is currently composed of 200 members from companies, research facilities, research laboratories and training centres, spread across the Alsace-Lorraine region. Every link in the building sector is represented: materials and building manufacturers, energy suppliers, architects, design offices, land developers, constructors, operations and maintenance specialists etc.

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