By Angela Riechers
ENSCI–Les Ateliers (École nationale supérieure de création industrielle) a French design school located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, brought a double exhibition to WantedDesign. Diplorama showcases the final thesis projects of 27 students, while Mos(Kit)O focuses on an award-winning collaborative project by a multidisciplinary team in conjunction with the Paris Pasteur Institute. The team is made up of 19 students headed up by Guillian Graves, who teaches biodesign at ENSCI. Students from Paris were brought to New York for WantedDesign and NYCxDESIGN courtesy of French airline XL Airways. This opportunity will support young designers, students and entrepreneurs as they build their international network and growing body of work.
The project focuses on arboviruses, mosquito-borne viruses which often cause severe diseases in humans and are spreading across the globe at an alarming rate due to mosquitoes. The most common method of fighting mosquitoes is through insecticides, which are damaging to the environment. In addition, mosquitoes tend to develop resistance against these insecticides, which diminishes their efficiency even more.