The first edition of the AlumInnov Challenge , dedicated to building, awarded three projects that revisit the habitat, combining functionality and design. The first is an extendable, all-terrain shower module; the second is a “sunshade” facade that adapts to changes in temperature; the third is a flexible platform that can be used on a daily basis for people with reduced mobility. Each responds in its own way to a societal issue: nomadism, energy savings in buildings, and taking disability into account. The awards ceremony will take place on December 12th.

The jury, composed of recognized personalities in various disciplines, selected the winners according to four main criteria: the valuation of the qualities of aluminum, the quality of the proposed innovation, the apparent feasibility of the project, and the quality of presentation. . The public’s opinion was also taken into account, via votes recorded on Facebook between April 28 and May 31.

Three student projects were awarded. The first two ex-aequo, Modùl and ALUMILOVE , judged “ in the era of time ” by the jury, each receive a prize of € 2,000. The third, Smart Up , obtains the “jury’s favorite” mention for its use, intended for individuals with disabilities, and will receive an endowment of € 1,000.

The Modùl , presented by Léna Moreau (20 years old), is a modular, autonomous, all-terrain and removable collective shower device. Thanks to its constructive principle,

assembling studs, posts, slabs, and canvas panels, Modùl is available, personalized and therefore extends according to needs. Here, aluminum was chosen for its anticorrosive properties (imperative for a structure in constant contact with water), but also for its strength and lightness (possibility of keeping the module, and of moving it easily) . The young student from the National School of Applied Arts and Crafts (ENSAAMA) thus offers groups the opportunity to meet their health requirements. Designed for festival-goers, this platform could also meet the needs of refugee populations recently arrived in France, and respond to the current health emergency.

The ALUMILOVE facade by Manon Uhlen, Marie Volodos, Daniel Abrero and Selim Kalhoon (23 years old) all students at the National School of Architecture Paris Malaquais, controls the entry of solar rays inside a building, to avoid excess heat or provide indirect light via reverberation. This interactive facade places the user, master of his energy consumption, at the heart of his environment, and offers an artistic dimension to the building. Many characteristics of aluminum are exploited here by the students: the reflective surface of the aluminum, once polished, which makes possible the reverberation, the flexibility and the lightness of the material, used for the slats of the panels, and finally its resistance, which allows its use outdoors.

Finally, Reinaldo Español Sánchez (34), student in Prospective Design at the Superior School of Art and Design of Saint-Étienne, touched the jury and obtained the mention coup de cœur. Indeed, the Smart Up , initially designed for construction workers, can see its use diverted and offer a means of movement and elevation to people with reduced mobility (disabled, elderly, etc.). It is therefore part of “ the trend for solutions responding to the growing need for accessibility for people with disabilities in our contemporary societies” . Aluminum is preferred for its lightness and strength, which makes moving the Smart Up easier.

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