Find out who the student winners of the 2nd edition of the Make The City challenge are. The pitch? To take on the 21st century’s greatest challenge and design cities and living spaces that are more people-friendly, inclusive, liveable, environmentally conscious and sustainable.
The 10th edition of the Forum des métiers de l’immobilier et de la ville (Real estate and municipal careers fair) at the Palais des Congrès at Porte Maillot in Paris was the setting for the grand finale of the Make The City challenge, organised by the Palladio Foundation and the Agorize platform, with our support.
This event is the culmination of a six-month selection process! Nearly 200 multi-disciplinary teams of two to four undergraduate and post-graduate students, i.e. nearly 670 students, took part in imagining the city of tomorrow by competing in three different categories: the human and inclusive city and real estate, the low-carbon and sustainable city and real estate, and the intelligent and connected city and real estate. All their proposals had to have a positive impact on society.
The 3 teams shortlisted during the selection process had the opportunity to pitch to the 9-member jury*, professionals and managers from the real estate and urban sector, chaired by Sébastien Matty, President of GA Smart Building, during the Forum des métiers de l’immobilier et de la ville, and we are pleased to reveal the winners!
“Envol” is the winning team of the Make The City challenge
Led by Lili Domenc and Axelle Sierra, two students from the Ecole de Condé, the Envol project reconciles land pressure with the need to create carbon sinks. Real estate becomes a vehicle for vegetation, creating a dialogue between man and his environment. The students propose creating cities that change over time, over the seasons, and that allow citizens to feel more involved in their city and in the ecological transition. Lili Domenc and Axelle Sierra will each receive €1,000 to develop the project further.
“SceneTech” take 2nd place in the Make The City challenge
Created by Diana Catalina Màrquez Jaramillo and Simon Gomez from EIVP (École des Engineers de la Ville de Paris [Paris Engineering School]), SceneTech is a project that aims to clean the air we breathe using the biological properties of Scenedesmus microalgae. The two students in the SceneTech team will each receive 500 euros.
3rd place in the Make The City Challenge goes to the “Ageing Well” team
The multi-school Ageing Well team includes Camilia Ben Khalfallah – ENSMI (École Nationale Supérieur du Management Immobilier [Higher School of Real Estate Management]), Lorena Hestin – IMT Business School (Institut Mines-Télécom), Laura Presles – ENSMI, Camille Vedy – ESPI (École Supérieure des Professions Immobilières [Higher School of Real Estate Careers]). The team asked itself the following question: How to respond to the challenges of ageing and the lack of job security for young people in the health sector? Two ostensibly opposite populations, but which nevertheless mirror each other. Their solution: to create generational mutual assistance! Ageing Well is the first coliving space to bring together seniors and medical students. The model is based on mutual support and social bonding. Students assist seniors and, in return, receive a reduction in rent. This allows them to offset the low income they receive as hospital interns. Each Ageing Well member will receive 200 euros!
As a reminder, during the 1st edition of the Make The City student challenge, the winning team was “Dans ta rue”, who proposed a new tool for property developers called Foncier Commun, run by a cooperative of the same name.
*Once again this year, the jury, chaired by Sébastien Matty, President of GA Smart Building, was composed of:
- Camille Barrois, Senior Vice President, Westbrook Partners
- Dimitri Boulte, Deputy CEO, SFL (Société Foncière Lyonnaise)
- Sofiane Chikh, Development Director, Eiffage Aménagement
- Benoît Labat, Director, Kareg Investment Management
- Corentin Le Faucheur, Director of Operations, Backacia
- Sophie Letierce, Director of Human Resources, Kaufman & Broad
- Anne Mollet, Deputy Managing Director, Communauté des Entreprises à Mission (Community of mission-led companies)
- Catherine Papillon, Director of Sustainable Development/CSR, BNP Paribas Real Estate
- Marine Ulivieri, Director of Asset Management, Groupe ADP