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Well Building 2050 is an international contest that challenges students worldwide to place quality of life and energy efficiency at the heart of urban housing in 2050. We need to consider housing from a new perspective, to bring about changes and improvements to the skills and jobs related to designing, constructing and using tomorrow’s place to live in.

Well Building 2050 is meant to imagine, explore and forecast a vision of housing accessible to everyone, implementing the three pillars of sustainable development with energy efficiency and quality of life as a purpose.

Works resulting from this contest should show a philosophical, sociological, scientific and futuristic view on housing without any energy dependence. The Building should be adapted to lifestyles’ improvement more than to technology or to know‐how.

Land Location

The project takes place in the strategic area of ‘La Défense Seine Arche’ in Paris, France.
Demographic and bioclimatic indicators of this big urban center in 2050 should be considered.


1st prize

The successful team wins US$30.000 (to share freely between the team members) plus one study trip in France and one training period in Elithis Group.

2nd & 3rd prize

The teams in second and third position win US$5.000 each (to share freely between the team members).


26th April 2012
launch of contest from

26th April till 31st May 2012
application deposited on

11th June 2012
announcement of teams allowed to compete

15th June 2012
announcement of the technical elements of the land location and presentation of the members of the jury

15th September 2012
closing date for depositing projects

1st October 2012
selection of the best 3 competitors

November 2012
winner’s nomination and prizegiving during the conference organized by Elithis in Paris

Conditions of participation

This contest is open to students worldwide who can give proof of their status as students. The teams should be structured around architecture, design and engineering professions, by incorporating consistently tomorrow’s building profession: green chemistry, art, economy, town-planning, sociology, philosophy, health, or all other disciplines related to humans.

Students allowed to compete should be organized in teams of 5 to 10 members with at least one student in architecture. The quality and the ingenuity of the teams’ composition will be taken into consideration in the teams’ selection allowed to compete. The project teams are inspired to think in a dream logic and in an utopia free of constraint in order to spur and to promote inventiveness.

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