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Lei Chen, Huimin (Evelina) Liu and Bin Wang.

Designers usually aim to make communication quicker and more convenient. But the water which flows around and through Venice suggests to us another attitude to life: slower and more open to chance and surprise.

With Piao someone can write a message on a mobile phone and transfer it to a paper flower. The flower, launched onto a canal, floats away to wherever the currents take it. Eventually perhaps, someone else, alerted by his or mobile phone to the flower’s proximity, can collect the message wirelessly and send an answer to the original writer. But sometimes the flower just drifts away, undetected and unanswered.

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