Smart Living Lab's annual report 2020
Welcome to Smart Living Lab's annual report for 2020, a year that saw our lives turned upside down by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This history-making crisis revealed our vulnerabilities as well as our resilience and suddenly redefined the way we live, work, and interact. On the one hand, it forced us to rethink our professional workspaces, in a context where remote working has been widely practiced. On the other hand, it shined a light on the importance of ventilation and air quality inside buildings. These are two of the Smart Living Lab research areas that were brought to the forefront during this time.
Students build cabins with nothing but found materials
Bachelor students from EPFL joined the Atelier popup, next to the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg, during the first week of May, as part of the ENAC week program. A group of 25 students was involved in the "Seconde-Main Constructive" ENAC week. The one-week goal of each team of 5 students was to design and build a cabin, with the trick that materials had to be reclaimed and freely obtained from the area. From conventional materials like wood or plastic sheets to more exotic, yet highly common waste products like louvers or drainage pipes, students had to pay attention to the functionality and stability of the cabin, as well as to its potential for mass production. To achieve their goal they could benefit from the very large panel of tools and technical skills available at the Atelier popup. A live demo concluded the week.