The European programme "Aluminium for Future Generations", launched by aluminium producers to engage in dialogue with civil society on the themes of innovation and sustainable development, is organising a design competition for the tenth consecutive year for art, design and technology schools.
Either freely or as part of their institution, students have up to the April 22, 2016 to propose an object, tool or product with an aluminium-dominant look. Its design must take into account demanding environmental criteria for all phases of the product's life cycle, i.e. production, distribution, use and end of life.
This competition, which aims to build bridges between the student world and the materials industry, has been held for several years by the French Aluminium Association. It encourages students to analyse the life cycle of their production, giving a decisive weight to this exercise. In addition, thanks to its partnership with Solid Works, it offers free access to an eco-design module.
It offers many opportunities to meet the professional world: visit to the Montupet foundry in Laigneville, meeting with jury members and partners during the prize-giving ceremony, possible participation in professional events for the winners (Janus du Design jury, Architect at Work trade fair, etc.).
Selected in May 2016 by a jury of professionals, the winner or the winning group will be awarded a prize of 5000 euros. In order to guarantee the free expression of various sensibilities, the jury is made up of complementary professionals :
- Lionel Blancard de Léry, vice-president of UNSFA;
- Caroline ColombierGeneral Delegate of the French Aluminium Association;
- Monique Large...trend-setter;
- Yann Leroy...professor of eco-design at Centrale;
- Anne-Marie Sargueil, President of the French Institute of Design;
- Evangelos Vasileiouarchitect and designer;
- Maureen BarbetteThe 2015 edition winner.
Aluminium is a 100% material that can be recycled infinitely and without loss of its qualities. Its recycling, which covers 45% of the demand for aluminium on the European market, saves 95% of the energy needed for its primary production.