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Utopia descends upon 1st London Biennale

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>> What's your idea of a perfect world? For Brits, it's one in which everyone discusses the weather. That's according to the UK's entry at the first Design Biennale in London. This enormous weather vane will live in Somerset House for three weeks alongside installations by designers and architects from across the world.
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All following this year's theme of utopia by design to celebrate 500 years since the publication of Thomas Moore's work.>> 37 countries have submitted their entries into London's first ever designed Design Biennale. This is Turkey's entry, and it's a wish machine. This wish is by Reuter's reporter Rosanna Philpott, and I'm gonna send it off.
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>> The idea is that humans can only exist with hope. A reminder of the migrant crisis. Most installations here also have political themes, like Belgium's which looks to be a Brexit themed snub.>> This is Belgium's EU-topia, a sort of reconstruction of Thomas Moore's original map. I don't know when they started the project but I have noticed the UK is suspiciously absent on here.
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>> Other ideas of what makes a perfect world, eating modular food in a forest according to Taiwan. Just generally having WiFi in Cuba. Changeable wall paper by the US and everyday life in Lebanon by Lebanon. It's not technically a competition, but there will be winners for best design and innovation.
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Those who fall short this year can work extra hard for the next one in 2018