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Last week it emerged that Land Design and the Natural History Museum will be working on the UK pavilion for Expo 2005 in Japan (see News Analysis, page 9). How should we promote Britain’s creativity at Expo 2005? How has this changed since the last event

Alan Yau

‘I’m sceptical about representing creativity in terms of national identity, especially if the nature of the representation bleaches out the diversity that invigorates British culture. I can’t comment on the UK’s representation at Expo 2000, but I do recall the distinctive Dutch pavilion – designed by MVRDV, which is now in the frame to do the Serpentine Gallery summer pavilion.’

Alan Yau, Managing director, Hakkasan

‘Creativity is high on the policy agenda in the UK. Innovation drives the economy, but it also creates new classes of winners and losers. For an economically successful and socially fair society we need to enable all young people to exercise their creative capacities – whether expressed through the arts, science, business or public service. Britain should show it is a creative nation by demonstrating its commitment to creativity for all.’

John Holden, Head of development, Demos

Mike Dempsey

‘I am sceptical about these glorified “trade exhibitions”. What do they really achieve, other than to promote global business? The themes are always lofty and well-intentioned – this year, Nature’s Wisdom explores the relationship between humanity and technology. Britain has been involved in using the most sophisticated technology to destroy humanity, during our part in the Iraq war, so I question our eligibility to take part in this Expo.’

Mike Dempsey, Founding partner, CDT Design

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