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Dubai Design Week 2017

Dubai Design Week 2017

Global Grad Show, November 13th to November 18th 2017

Global Grad Show is an exhibition of groundbreaking works from the world’s leading design schools, held each year as part of Dubai Design Week. For its 2017 edition, the largest ever student gathering will present 200 graduate projects grouped under the themes of Connect, Empower and Sustain, representing 91 schools, from 40 countries on 6 continents.

L’École de design will show two projects from Design L’Expo 2016:

Newater Delhi, a project by Marie Etlin

The project seeks to recycle waste water from buildings using micro-algae and thus provide access to drinking water and produce energy from organic matter. Cellular trays are installed on a bamboo structure which thermally insulates the building. The micro-algae filter the water and their absorption of CO2 produces biomass and therefore energy. Newater Delhi thus conforms to sustainable, responsible and economic values. Improving existing structures is a crucial challenge in India.

Although it is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna, Delhi faces a severe water crisis like many other cities in India. Newater Delhi brings together the owners of apartment buildings and their inhabitants in order to resolve this increasingly pressing crisis in Indian society. This project’s innovation lies in the capacity to collect waste water for recycling and therefore collect a large quantity of water which can then be used for various household tasks. This project takes into consideration local conditions and addresses several issues - the shortage of water, conservation of water and recycling of waste water.
An in-depth study of the local situation enabled Marie to really get to grips with the problem in order to design an innovative solution which can be implemented with the participation of the various stakeholders. Marie succeeded in keeping a human dimension to the process and giving users their rightful place.” explains Kshitiz Anand, Course leader - Transcultural Design India Studio in 2015-2016.

The project has been labellized Observeur du design 2018, the largest design competition in France.

Squamat, project by Alexandre Larnac

With global warming, mountain resorts are going to have to diversify the activities on offer. Squamat, inspired by the movement of reptiles, is intended to provide new thrilling sensations without snow. The electric and convertible device is steered by the body’s movements like in any other sliding sports. Depending on the circumstances, the user lies down to hit the slopes and feel the thrills or stands up for a more relaxing experience resembling cross-country skiing.

Alexandre discovered the challenges of the mountain universe in the face of global warming during his apprenticeship at Ingenico in Valence. In his final degree project, he examined the future of snow sports – the economic model for mid-mountain resorts. This model is in real danger of being harmed by lack of snow, despite the substantial investments in ski slopes. After a very thorough study of the situation, uses and aspirations of snow sport fans, he decided to propose a project which would satisfy both thrill seekers but also the obligation to safeguard the future of ski domains. This proposal would even make it possible to increase the practice time and therefore make the facilities more cost-effective. A new type of vehicle to conserve the thrill of snow sports, compatible with a coherent system of objects and a credible economic model to preserve existing facilities – this is the result of his remarkable project.” explains Jean-Yves Chevalier, Course leader - Design and Innovation Management apprenticeship program in 2015-2016.

The project has been labellized Observeur du design 2018, the largest design competition in France.