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French-American Online Design Workshop: Emergency Design Facing COVID-19

As part of OUI DESIGN program, and in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is collaborating with WantedDesign to initiate a French-American Online Design Workshop.

This collaborative workshop will focus on design under pressure, specifically during the COVID-19 epidemic. Entitled Emergency Design Facing COVID-19, it will encourage a dialogue between design students and schools from both sides of the Atlantic that is rooted in the context of sanitary crisis.

From Wednesday, May 27 to Friday, May 2935 students from 11 schools will gather for the 1st time to create a unique Pandemic Emergency Creative Task Force

From any location and using only what they have on hand, participating French and American students will be asked to design innovative projects and tools to overcome challenges and consequences posed by the pandemic. They will work to provide relief to various sectors of society, focusing on healthcare, temporary care structures, food accessibility, education, transportation, communication, mental health under confinement, mobility, public spaces, and community life.

The American and French design schools participating are: SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) – Chicago; SVA (School of Visual Arts) – NYC; Parsons – NYC; RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) – Providence; PRATT Institute – NYC; ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) – Paris; ENSCI Les Ateliers – Paris; Ecole Estienne – Paris; Strate School of Design – Paris, Lyon; ENSAAMA – Paris; ESAAT (Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliques et du Textile) – Roubaix.

The workshop will be co-led by Sophie Larger and Natalia Baudoin, French designers and teachers at ENSAD – Paris, and Allan Chochinov, the director of the Products of Design MFA at SVA - NYC. Lauren Slowik from the Parsons School of Design - New School and Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, the co-directors of Wanted Design, will coordinate the workshop.

The projects that result from the workshop will be evaluated by an independent jury of French and American professionals, and an award will be given to the most impressive, effective, and relevant project. The final presentation will take place through an online ZOOM meeting on Friday, May 29 at 12:00pm (NYC time) / 6PM (Paris time). The closing ceremony will be free to the public on RSVP here

The results and final presentations will be incorporated into a publicly accessible “Guide Book” that will hopefully improve responses to the current situation and future challenges of a similar nature.

The French-American Online Design Workshop is part of OUI DESIGN, a program developed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and its partner the FACE Foundation in order to foster creative exchange in design between France and the United States. It is supported by the Institut francais Paris, the Gould Foundation, and the French Ministry of Culture. This project is created in collaboration with WantedDesign and with the support of the media partner Core77.