London's first Design Biennale has a utopian theme

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credit: Bonnie Alter

Bonnie Alter

Bonnie Alter
Design / Urban Design
September 15, 2016

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The first ever London Design Biennale is a series of displays from 37 countries; all linked by the theme of Utopia. It's meant to "explore big questions and ideas about sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality". That's a demanding brief and as always some of the displays are more successful than others. Here are some of the highs of the show.

As the hosts, the British have an impressive kinetic sculpture by those superstars Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby (think Olympic torch). Called Forecast, it's a giant blue weather vane with 3 parts, made of steel, aluminum and fibreglass. When the wind blows, it moves gently in the breeze.

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