Exhibition explores the impact of design

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United Micro Kingdoms, Rowan Moore

The Design Museum in London is currently home to a fascinating exhibition entitled: ‘United Micro Kingdoms: A Design Function.’ The exhibition depicts England as if it were devolved into four self-contained countries; with each free to experiment with the way they are governed and live.

The exhibition explores the ways in which new technologies have a cultural and ethical impact and how they can alter the way we live. Using elements of industrial design, architecture, science, sociology and politics, the exhibition is intended to provoke debate on new and existing technologies and how they change the way we live our lives.

The exhibition explores the ways in which new technologies have a cultural and ethical impact and how they can alter the way we live

Divided into four ‘super-shires’, the exhibition includes a micro kingdom that depends on digital technology, a no-growth society entirely dependent on nuclear energy, a society which has abandoned most forms of technology and a bio liberal society that has fully embraced biotechnology.

This intriguing exploration into the impact of technology is currently on at the Design Museum and will run until 26 August – well worth a visit if you’re planning a trip to London this summer. For further details please see: http://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/united-micro-kingdoms-umk

Posted July 15, 2013

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