The final phase of the Multi Comfort Student Contest, aimed at students and departments of architecture and engineering at the world’s most prestigious universities, has reached Milan, for its first time in Italy, during its 15th edition.
It was organized, under the aegis of the City of Milan, the Green Building Council Italia, the National Council of Architects, Landscape Designers, Planners and Conservators and the Architects’ Association of the Province of Milan, by Saint-Gobain Group, to communicate the idea of Multi Comfort, i.e. of sustainable construction for energy efficiency, with a particular focus on the wellbeing of inhabitants.
This year over 900 teams took part, for a total of 2200 students from 199 universities in 34 countries.
The competition took place in two phases: a national phase organized in every country that participated in the Contest, and an international phase involving the winners of each national phase. Sixty teams made it into the international competition in Milan.
First prize went to Anna Toborek and Joanna Machera of the Silesian University of Technology in Poland for the project Co.Living that sets out to get beyond the traditional function of architecture, projecting it towards a new active role in environmental protection.
Second prize was for the team composed of Emmanuella Ohene Mantey, Mohamed Fakhri and Patrick Kore of the Abidjan School of Architecture in Ivory Coast, for the project The Social Canopy, connected to the rest of the neighborhood to create a social location and supply a comfortable space for the inhabitants.
Third prize was assigned to a student from Belarus, Bakhrom Khakimov of Brest State Technical University, for the project Induction, which addressed the complexity of the task in an effective way, at low cost and with an approach of prefabrication to create an affordable, accessible and democratic district.
The jury also assigned two special mentions: to the team from Russia formed by Timofey Kuzmenko, Artem Diyanov and Anna Budyuk of Tomsk State University of Architecture and Building; and to the duo Yeonjae Kang and Kyungsun Youn of Korea University in South Korea.