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Fun and mind-ex­pand­ing things to do this sea­son. Plus: De­sign Ex­change cel­e­brates in­no­va­tion with a 10-day expo in a for­mer soap fac­tory

How do we build a bet­ter fu­ture? De­sign Ex­change, with the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme and some of the globe’s top cre­atives, launches a 10-day expo of de­sign, in­no­va­tion and technology to an­swer just that.

The fes­ti­val’s em­brace of fresh ideas is ev­i­dent right from its un­con­ven­tional venue: the for­mer Unilever soap fac­tory lo­cated near the foot of the Don River. The beau­ti­fully ru­inous 13,935-squareme­tre-space, filled with rusted vats and metal cat­walks, still smells faintly of laun­dry de­ter­gent.

But that’s not to say the expo’s pro­gram­ming skews squeaky­clean. Upon en­try, pho­tog­ra­phy by Paolo Pel­le­grin as­serts that con­flict has be­come the dom­i­nant theme of our time. The vi­su­als act as the back­drop to the open­ing ex­hi­bi­tion, “Pros­per­ity for All,” in which mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary de­signer Bruce Mau – show­ing in­fo­graph­ics, ob­jects and project im­agery – pro­poses a coun­ternar­ra­tive framed around our re­cent suc­cesses as a so­ci­ety.

The top­ics broached up­stairs ex­pand on this op­ti­mism. On the “Shel­ter” floor, for example, Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Carlo Ratti ex­plores how na­ture can be thought­fully rein­tro­duced into ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. The “Care” floor – the brain­child of physi­cian Julielynn Wong – is packed with gamechang­ing giz­mos ready to save lives. (Think so­lar-pow­ered 3D print­ers man­u­fac­tur­ing med­i­cal sup­plies on-de­mand in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.) And in floor six’s “Nour­ish” dis­play, the Jamie Oliver Food Foun­da­tion tack­les the obe­sity epi­demic and world hunger. Pro­tein-rich cricket bolog­nese, any­one? $15. EAST HAR­BOUR, 21 DON RDWY EDITDX.ORG

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