Liam Young, 22 05 17


On Wednesday 24th May Liam Young will be speaking at the Innovation Congress for the Barcelona Building Construmat. Curated by Andres Jaque its a great lineup of speakers.  You can see the talks schedule here.


Liam Young, 26 03 17


At e-flux New York on Friday, March 31, at 7pm with speculative architect Liam Young for the audio-visual performance, “I Spy with my Machine Eye,” a filmic tour told from the perspective of a drone drifting across the planet. Based around his short film In the Robot Skies, the first fiction film shot entirely using preprogramed drones and accompanied by an original soundscape by acclaimed electronic producer Forest Swords, Young presents a near-future love story set against the fears and wonders of an impending drone age.

The evening is organized on the occasion of Young’s first solo exhibition in the US, Liam Young: New Romance, on view from March 30 to May 13, 2017 at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).


Liam Young, 27 09 16


On October 8th join us for the world premiere of speculative architect Liam Young and acclaimed electronic producer Forest Swords‘ audio-visual tour, In the Robot Skies, the first science fiction film to be shot entirely through autonomous drones. With live musical accompaniment Young narrates a near future world where drones have become as ubiquitous as pigeons. The performance is a part of BFI’s London Film Festival and takes place in Southbank’s IMAX theatre. Buy tickets here.

The spine of the performance is a new short film directed by Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan, From the eyes of the drones we see two teenagers each held by police order within the digital confines of their own council estate tower block in London. A network of drones survey the council estates, as a roving flock off cctv cameras and our two characters are kept apart by this autonomous aerial infrastructure. We watch as they pass notes to each other via their own hacked and decorated drone, like kids in an old fashioned classroom, scribbling messages with biro on paper, balling it up and stowing it in their drones.. In this near future city drones form both agents of state surveillance but also become co-opted as the aerial vehicles through which two teens fall in love.


Liam Young, 22 09 16


On Friday September 23rd Liam Young will be speaking with Fiona Raby, Katie Torn and Chris Woebken at GSAPP’s Imaginary Futures Conference. In order to better understand and evaluate present social, cultural, and technological conditions and project future possibilities, architects, designers, and artists often utilize speculative or design fiction to consider “what if.” Using a strategy common to the work of writers and artists such as J.G. Ballard and Chris Marker, speculative and imaginative designs for the near future take a current scenario to an extreme endpoint, in order to enact a highly tangible and often prescient expression of the now. Imaginary Futures reflects the limitations of our current realities while attempting to transcend them through the scales of: the city, the object, the body, and the mind.


Liam Young, 07 08 16


The conference is a two day event bringing together speakers to discuss the emerging trends of the digital world. Liam Young will be doing a multi screen audio visual storytelling performance presenting the past, present and future of the smart city. The event is now sold out but you can watc hthe ive stream from 1100 Wednesday August 17th Sweden time here.


Liam Young, 03 08 16


On August 5th in Tokyo Liam Young will be speaking as part of Sci Arc’s Kindling Symposium. At a time when moral pragmatism, atmospheric minimalism, and veiled virtuosity have come to dominate conversations on contemporary architecture on the Pacific Rim, KINDLING counters with a vision of the future characterized by unstable fictions, elaborate expression, and roaring multiplicities. Made up of small but easily combustible material ideal for starting a fire, Kindling is also a neurological process by which a seizure or other brain event is both initiated and its recurrence made more likely. Speakers include, SCI-Arc Director Hernan Diaz Alonso, Makoto Watanabe, Jun Sato, Souhei Imamura, Keisuke Toyoda, Hitoshi Abe, Steven Ma, Joe Day, Todd Gannon and John N Bohn. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the National Art Center, Roppongi Tokyo, August 05, 2016 at 2:30pm – 7:30pm.


Liam Young, 03 08 16


Liam Young will be giving the opening keynote for the Festival of Ideas at the Perth State Library on July 30th. The event is free to the public and will also be live streamed for those not in Australia.

 


Liam Young, 19 01 16


On Wednesday Feb 3rd at Transmediale in Berlin join Liam Young, sound artist Aneek Thapar an all-seeing smart city operating system as they take a tour in a driverless taxi through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches, and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine. This performance is an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions. Set in the Chinese-owned and -controlled Detroit Economic Zone (DEZ) and shot using laser scanners, the film presents this near-future city through the eyes of the robots that manage it.Commissioned by AND Festival/Chicago Architecture Biennial and reimagined for transmediale/conversationpieceHello, City! is a live performance of Where the City Can’t See, the world’s first fiction film made entirely from data (directed by Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan).

This event marks the kick-off of the transmediale Co-Curricular program and will be introduced by Daphne Dragona, the program curator. The Co-Curricular program explores how speculative urbanism can empower the awareness and understanding of today’s networked infrastructures. transmediale visitors are invited to also experience Young’s work through the initiative of Public Art Lab, where his dystopian cityscapes will be screened at Collegium Hungaricum Berlin from 2-7 February 2016.


Liam Young, 08 12 15


Join speculative architect Liam Young and an all-seeing smart city operating system as they ride along in a driverless taxi on a storytelling tour through a network of software systems, autonomous infrastructures, ghost architectures, anomalies, glitches and sprites, searching for the wilds beyond the machine. This performance is an audio-visual expedition to a city found somewhere between the present and the predicted, the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of real landscapes and designed urban fictions.

Commissioned by the Chicago Architecture Biennial, “Hello, City!” is a live cinema performance of Where the City Can’t See, the world’s first fiction film made entirely from data (directed by  Liam Young and written by fiction author Tim Maughan). Spoken word, multiscreen projections, dancers, voice artists and live musical accompaniment from Aneek Thapar – Sonic Artist/Ninja Tune featuring tracks by KILN and Kill Memory Crash all combine to breathe life into this near-future Detroit. The computer vision systems of Google Maps, urban management systems, and CCTV surveillance are now fundamentally reshaping urban experience and the cultures of our city. Set in the Chinese-owned and -controlled Detroit Economic Zone (DEZ) and shot using laser scanners, the film presents this near-future city through the eyes of the robots that manage it.​

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Liam Young, 15 10 15


Liam Young will be speaking at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for thier MetFridays, In Our Time free lectures event. In Our Time is an architecture and design lecture series presenting the best thinkers, makers, and builders of today. This edition, presented in collaboration with Hyperallergic, introduces the radical new global geographies generated by changes in technology, human migration and the environment. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with Beatrice Galilee, Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Liam Young, 15 10 15


Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be premièring a 3 screen audio visual storytelling performance at Sci Arc in Los Angeles, Wed 7pm October 28th. With spoken word and a rapid fire assault of film, animation and live sound mixing we will go on a storytelling walking tour through the flickering screen and beyond the fog of the cloud, to explore City Everywhere, a fictional city of the near future, extrapolated from the fears and wonders of an increasingly complex present The performance will narrate a place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes, extreme mega cities and designed urban fictions. Admission is free and open to the public. The venue address is 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.


Liam Young, 01 06 15


Liam Young, of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, will be performing at two events in Japan this week. He will be performing ‘City Everywhere’ at The University of Tokyo on Saturday June 6th 12:30-14:00 (at UTokyo, Engineer bldg.1 415 ADS Room) and on June 7th he will be speaking on the Post Human City at ‘The Saga of Continuous Architecture’, a symposium at the Yokahama Port Terminal. The event also features Kengo Kuma, Kazuyo Sejima, Arata Isozaki, Jesse Reiser and Hernan Diaz Alonso.


Liam Young, 24 03 15


Our luminous technologies cast shadows that stretch across the planet. At STRP festival in Eindhoven Liam Young and a fictional Kim Kardashian will take the audience on a storytelling walking tour through the flickering screen and beyond the fog of the cloud, to explore the distant landscapes, fictions and infrastructures that our contemporary gadgets set in motion.   With spoken word and a rapid fire assault of film, animation and live sound mixing Liam and Kim will transport us to City Everywhere, an imaginary town of near future technologies stitched together from fragments of real places, extreme mega cities and speculative design fictions. If you are not in the Netherlands you can watch the live stream on Firday 27th March here.


Liam Young, 22 02 15


On February 26th – March 1st Liam Young will be speaking and running a masterclass at the Sonic Acts 2015 festival: The Geologic Imagination.Inspired by geosciences, the 2015 Sonic Acts Festival zooms in on planet Earth. Fundamental to The Geologic Imagination is the thesis that we live in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. Human activity has irreversibly changed the composition of the atmosphere, the oceans, and even the Earth’s crust. Humanity has become a geological force. Other speakers include Timothy Morton, Graham Harman, Alan Weisman, Jeff Vandermeer, Ben Bratton and many more.

Liam will also be running a masterclass titled Reimagining the Present, Scenes from a film that doesn’t exist that will explore traditional special effects tropes from science fiction and introduce the use of entry-level CGI, special effects, post-production film and animation techniques.


Liam Young, 18 02 15


On the 24th February in Munich, Liam Young will be performing a new storytelling piece at Android Paranoid, a symposium on current scenarios for the future. Futurologists, architects, critics and curators will convene from around the world to address the ambiguous influence of digitalisation on architecture and our cities, the power of “Big Data”, and smart cities and their vulnerabilities. The event also includes talks by Daniel van der Velden Metahaven design and research studio, Amsterdam, Kristoffer Gansing director, transmediale, Berlin, Dr. Jan Willmann Gramazio Kohler architects, ETH Zurich,  together with music by David Letellier and film screenings by the Russian artist Andrey Yagubsky Moscow. Curated and moderated by Nadin Heinich plan A.


Liam Young, 30 11 14


On December 1st Liam Young will be presenting one of the keynote presentations at the On Architecture: Facing the Future conference in Belgrade Serbia. The Conference will explore and discuss the complexity and various meanings of Architecture. Interdisciplinary approach is a milestone in defining thematic blocks: Utopia and Architecture, Challenges in Architecture, Shape in Architecture, Between Utopia and Reality. These themes will consider substance of architecture through all its dimensions always thinking of it as art and philosophical reflection on architecture. The substance will be discussed through various points, processes and trends that contribute to new aesthetics and functionalism: globalization, new approaches to design, innovative technologies, projects, and materials.


Liam Young, 07 11 14


On November 13th 6:30pm Liam Young will be performing his new storytelling lecture ‘Baby, Baby: Justin Bieber and the Shadows of Technology’ at the Pratt School of Architecture in Brooklyn, New York. The event is free and open to the public. For details see the event page.


Liam Young, 14 10 14


On October 15th Liam Young will be speaking at Rice University School of Architecture, Houston, TX as part of their ‘Near Future’ talk series. The event investigates the question- what will our cities and buildings look like in 10 years? From what sources, both physical and immaterial, will they be constructed?  The near future lies just beyond the horizon, and so with continuous effort we attempt to give it form, knowing full well that our predictions will soon expire. This three-part series brings together a diverse group of visionaries – architects, artists, photographers, and filmmakers – whose work is speculative while remaining attached to the present. In these lectures, dialogues, and discussions, the speakers will address the ways we represent and construct both time and space while forecasting what is yet to come. Also speaking with Liam Young will be artist Agnieszka Kurant.


Liam Young, 25 07 14


Liam young and Kate Davies are currently onboard a cargo ship travelling through the South China seas with on thier latest  Unknown Fields expedition. Unknown Fields is tracing the supply chains of contemporary technologies from the point of distribution, in the mega ports of asia, through the worlds largest wholesale market, the endless  factory floors, the raw materials refineries and back to the rare earth mineral mines of inner Mongolia. Joining them are sci fi author Tim Maughan, data vis artists Sha Hwang, photographer Toby Smith, Programmer Dan Williams and many more. You can join unknown fields and peek behind the scenes of the modern city by following  #ufd2014 on twitter or instagram.


Liam Young, 11 04 14


In April Liam Young will be travelling through Australia to perform a new story in Melbourne and Brisbane. On April 15th he will be at the State Library in Brisbane and on April 16th he will be at Melbourne University. This will be the first time Liam has returned to his country of birth to present his work. Both events are free and open to the public. Follow the links for details.


Liam Young, 05 03 14


The FutureEverything festival is an essential meeting ground of a global community shaping emerging debates around the technology, culture and governance of tomorrow. In the neo-gothic splendour of Manchester Town Hall on 31 Mar and 1 Apr, the two-day FutureEverything Conference will feature inspirational keynotes, participatory workshops and intimate talks from world leading practitioners and thinkers from design, art, urbanism, business, academia and more. Liam Young will première a new storytelling performance investigating the global scale implications of emerging technologies. Other speakers include Anthony Dunne, Golan Levin, James Bridle, Adam Greenfield, Koert Van Mensvoort et al.


Liam Young, 03 03 14


For one year the Berlin Academy of the Arts is Devoting Itself to the topic Vertigo of reality. There is hardly a single issue in the arts that has been addressed as systematically as the construction and deconstruction of reality.  New media and the interactive possibilities of the digital world have fundamentally altered the arts and their Own reflective understanding. The project began in November 2013, with a series of events and debates every Wednesday at 5:00 pm as the “preparatory office”, leading up to a major exhibition and metabolic office for the repair of reality – a laboratory for all art genres in the autumn of 2014. Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be presenting his Brave New Now research performance this Wednesday 5th March 17:00 at the Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin. Admission is free.


Liam Young, 26 01 14


Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be doing a live storytelling performance of ‘Brave New Now’ for Central Saint Martins Spatial Practices Public Lectures series on January 30th 2014 at 6pm room E003. He will present a storytelling walking tour through the Brave New Now, an imaginary city, extrapolated from the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research. A place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, both achingly familiar and exceedingly strange, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes and speculative designed fictions. the event is free and open to the public.

 


Liam Young, 23 01 14


On the 23rd of january, enroute back from asia after the latest Unknown Fields expedition Liam Young will be stopping of in Rotterdam to present at How Do You Do Biodesign. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Willem de Kooning Academy invite you to attend How Do You Do Biodesign, an evening for architects, urban designers, product designers, biologists, fashion designers, artists and digital makers and others who are curious what exactly biodesign can mean for the field of work and research. Have you ever wondered what biodesign could mean for your immediate surroundings? Are you curious to find out what biohacking is? Or do you want to learn how to design with living material? In short, do you want to know how to put biodesign into practice? How Do You Do is a format for exchanging and sharing ideas, expertise and experience. Don’t expect any fancy PowerPoint presentations. Instead, you’ll hear honest stories about the making of, with lots of information about what works and what doesn’t.
[image credit- Half life lamp by Joris Laarman]

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Liam Young, 20 11 13


On Thursday Nov 21st Liam young will join the Adaptation Lab, Adapting digital technologies to the city panel at the Architecture Foundation in London. The panel, coordinated an chaired by Jeffrey Inaba, Founder of INABA and Director of C-Lab (Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting) will discuss the future of technology in our cities. Spreaking will be Simon Allford, Architect and Co-Director at AHMM, Liam Young, Founder of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Lean Doody, ARUP Smart Cities Lead

If you are not in London you can watch Adaptation Lab events live through their online streaming channel

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Liam Young, 16 11 13



Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be doing the Great Indoors Lecture in Maastricht, Netherlands on Saturday 16th November. Liam will be doing a performance of Brave New Now, a storytelling walking tour through an imaginary city, extrapolated from the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research. A place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, both achingly familiar and exceedingly strange, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes, interior worlds and speculative designed fictions.


Darryl Chen, 11 06 13


Darryl Chen will be joining the final Failed Architecture event of the season. Also on the panel will be Ole Bouman, Matthias Bottger, Arjen Oosterman and Mark Studholme moving beyond ruin porn and blind futurism to discuss the benefits of failure.

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Time: 20:00 – 23:00 (19:00 doors open)
Location: TrouwAmsterdam
Address: Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam (more…)


Liam Young, 17 03 13


For the March 2013 issue of the Architectural Review Liam Young has written a review of ScanLab’s ‘Frozen Relics’ exhibition in London. On display is a laser scan of Arne’s Floe, an iceberg that once existed at 17:01:07hrs on the 16 September at 79 22.558 N, 003 04.611 W on the Arctic Ocean. It has since been torn apart by undersea currents and dissolved by a warming climate but in a time when everything is digitized nothing really has to disappear. An excerpt follows but you can see the full article behind a paywall here.

Frozen Relics is an exhibition full of artifacts like this that no longer exist. They are drifting across a data landscape in which we can still see every minute crack, every ragged edge, every blemish and fissure. They are high resolution laser scans generated on site in the Fram Strait northwest of Svalbard by ScanLAB, Greenpeace and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University. The memories of these seasonal islands have been frozen in a ghostly coordinate cloud of XYZ and RGB values.

We are presented with the possibilities of an extraordinarily accurate digital doppelganger, a 1:1 avatar of our world, A curated collection of replica landscapes wrought from the tool paths of herds of CNC machines, 3d printed layer by layer, a carved duplicate at extreme resolution, a theme park of synthetic copies, and like plastic tits on an ageing celebrity, timeless, as everything around them continues to decay.

Our digital lives are accumulating in endless fields of super cooled server farms, containing tweets, check ins, instagrams, porn banks, pokes and now a menagerie of floating ice bergs. In sprawling warehouses browser searches sit beside glaciers, emails beside Mayan temples. Server Farms are something between filing cabinets and cathedrals. If they are the new repositories of all knowledge and ephemera then how is the data stored, how do we access it, and is anything ever forgotten. Can some data be designed to decay, could pixels erode with time, like a portrait of Dorian Gray, slowly ageing with our sins?

What we choose to remember, what we chose to keep, defines who we are. The permanence of a point cloud iceberg, drifting endlessly in a digital sea, is an eternal reminder of how much we have to loose.


Darryl Chen, 03 03 13


Darryl Chen of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today will be chairing a live thinktank as part of the Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture. The event draws together experts from the fields of urbanism, planning, branding and development economics to explore the making of a radical entrepreneurial village on the outskirts of London. The event takes as its provocation the New [Socialist] Village project featured at the British Pavilion for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and currently being exhibited at RIBA London.

Comprising the thinktank is: Wouter Vanstiphout (Crimson); Beatrice Galilee (Lisbon Triennale/Domus/BBC), Finn Williams (Croydon Council/Commonoffice); Adam Scott (FreeState); Dr Paul Evans (UK Regeneration); and Levent Kerimol (GLA/DesignForLondon).

Thursday 14 March 6pm / Architectural Association


Darryl Chen, 05 02 13


Offering architectural prozac for what could be a depressing month of february, Darryl Chen presents his picks this month as guest editor of the London Architecture Diary. Events swing from the bipolar extremes of global and local; natural and artificial; past and future; tasteful and well, less tasteful….


Liam Young, 03 02 13


Arc’s editor Simon Ings talks to Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young about his recent brush with Special Branch, and how a robotic ballet at Dublin’s Science Gallery led to him and his colleagues being recorded under the UK’s Terrorism Act. ARC is also media partner for our Future city project Under Tomorrows Sky and Future Perfect. You can see a preview of some of this work in ARC issue 1.4 out now.


Darryl Chen, 28 10 12


Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Stylus Trend Day on Thursday 8 November 2012. The event is a cross-disciplinary open discussion mining selected brains and charting future trends.

Stylus provides inspirational and informative research and relates it to prevailing consumer trends, acting as a catalyst to push the design industries to new levels. How companies apply this to their brands and product categories will change the game forever.


Liam Young, 17 10 12


Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be speaking at Design Debates: How Much Design can we Digest for Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, NL on Thursday 25th October. Also speaking will be Tracy Metz, William Myers of MOMA, and David Heltz of Connecting the Dots magazine.

Sustainability, an emerging energy crisis or a better-distributed economy: wicked problems, which do not have a one-answer solution. How can designers contribute? During the Dutch Design Week designers not only present aesthetically appealing, functional or innovative products, but also products for the mind, systems for social innovations and cross disciplinary projects that involve biology or physics. This explorative approach isn’t always easy to digest.


Liam Young, 17 10 12


Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be speaking at SUPERSTADT! (supercity) UTOPIA! UTOPIA! A symposium on the Future City in Linz, Austria on Thursday October 18th. You can watch the event live at Dorf TV. Also speaking will be Chicks on Speed, Red Park,  AMID CERO9 and many more. Curated by Sabine Pollak. 

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Liam Young, 06 10 12


Liam Young of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Todayis now running a Fall graduate Studio at the Princeton School of Architecture. BRAVE NEW NOW exists in the territory where science fiction becomes scientology, between the documentary and visionary, where speculative fictions become a way of exploring a world that realist fiction struggles to grasp. The studio will develop filmic fragments of the near future city. (more…)


Liam Young, 05 10 12


KERB 20 is out now and features new projects by Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today and his nomadic design Studio the Unknown Fields Division. Other contributers include Factory Fifteen, Philip Beesely, Future Cities Lab, Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLG) and many more. You can purchase your copy here http://www.melbournebooks.com.au/kerb-20.html. Kerb Edition 20 examines ways in which speculative narrative discourse can be applied to landscape architecture. Through exploring Fabricated foundations, Fossilisation of information, and Contemporary unfoldings, we can navigate new horizons for the narratives of landscape architecture that propel beyond responsive tracings, and position new navigations; forms of resistance to the existing knowledge. It is through this view in landscape architecture that exploration is facilitated of both new possibilities and of their implications.


Darryl Chen, 26 08 12


Darryl Chen, of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, in association with Hawkins\Brown, will unveil the New [Socialist] Village project to the public when the Venice Architecture Biennale opens its doors to the public on wednesday 29 September. Darryl was selected with 9 others to present ‘new ideas to change British Architecture’ for the British Pavilion, curated by Vicky Richardson and Vanessa Norwood.

Here’s a sneak peek of the two pieces to be exhibited: a 5-metre long scroll, taking inspiration from a renowned Song Dynasty masterpiece; and a mass-produced propaganda book. If you’re going to be in Venice, come down to the pavilion to collect your copy!

Darryl’s Venice tweet feed @darrylchen.


Liam Young, 08 08 12


The first glimpses of our new project Under Tomorrows Sky can be seen at 8pm on August 10th at MU in Eindhoven. On show will be a room sized movie miniature model of our imaginary city and behind the scenes work from the think tank.

Under Tomorrows Sky is a fictional, future city. Speculative architect Liam Young of the London based Tomorrows Thoughts Today has assembled a think tank of scientists, technologists, futurists, illustrators, science fiction authors and special effects artists to collectively develop this imaginary place, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains.

In online and live discussions held during the past months the think tank came together to design this future city and discuss the possibilities of emerging biologies and technologies. This time there are no dystopian visions of the future, we’ve seen enough of those. Under Tomorrows Sky imagines a post-capitalist urbanity full of optimism and joy, full of life and aspiration.

It is a city of extraordinary technology but at first glance appears indistinguishable from nature. It is an artificial reef that grows and decays and grows again as the city becomes a cyclic ecosystem. A city as a geological formation of caves and grottos covered by a thick layer of soil and slime, a biological soup of human and non-human inhabitants. The city and us are one, a symbiotic life form. The city grows and we grow with it. Together we form a giant complex organism of which ecology and technology are inseparable parts.

At this moment the phase of creation has begun. An intricately detailed miniature model of this future city will rise under tomorrows sky and come into being at MU in the upcoming weeks. Between August 10 and October 28 all involved with the creation of the model will develop a collection of fictions based in the city. The model will be the backdrop for animated films and a stage set for a collection of stories and illustrations. The audience will also be invited to contribute their own narratives to the city through a series of workshops. Under Tomorrows Sky will be the starting point of a new ecological urban vision. The city of the future is not of a fixed time or place but it will emerge through the help of many.

Opening on Friday August 10 from 8 pm onwards.
On view till October 28.

For more information and special program check the websites www.mu.nl and www.undertomorrowssky.com

image credit-Under Tomorrows Sky Concept Art by Factory Fifteen


Liam Young, 25 06 12


Join Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young and Liquid Factory’s Kate Davies and their nomadic design group Unknown Fields Division as they take up temporary residence at Headlands Centre for the Arts, an ex military base just across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Employing contemporary surveillance technology to map the post-militarized Marin Headlands, the group will hack the landscape to imagine extraordinary futures.

Collaborators assembled from the worlds of art, architecture, and technology will guide sorties across diverse local terrains. Laser-scan forests using hi-res, long range optics; deploy infrared night vision cameras to peer through the mist; and build a fleet of drones to map from above. In these shifting fields of nature and artifice, participants will re-examine preservationist attitudes toward the natural world, the ecologically fragile, and the technologically obsolete.

Joining us will be collaborators including ScanLab, Geoff Manuagh, Nicola Twilley and many more. The program runs from September 7-September 12, 2012. The deadline for applications is July 17th. See the website for more details.


Liam Young, 11 06 12


MU, Eindhoven.
Saturday June 16 start at 8 pm
Sunday June 17 start at 11 am
Free entrance or watch the live stream here

UNDER TOMORROWS SKY is a project by Liam Young of Tomorrows Thoughts Today opening in August at MU art space, Eindhoven. Liam has assembled a think tank of mad scientists, literary astronauts, digital poets, speculative gamers, mavericks, visionaries and luminaries to collectively author a proposal for a future city- an imaginary urbanism, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains. On Saturday June 16 and Sunday June 17 the think tank will be coming together in physical space at MU but also in virtual space for a weekend of public presentations, discussions and workshops. Come behind the scenes as we open up the design process of the speculative city and expose the deliberations of the Under Tomorrows Sky think tank. See the work in progress and join us to debate the social, cultural, ethical and environmental consequences of emerging technologies.

At 8 pm on Saturday June 16th the members of the think tank will introduce themselves and present a series of wondrous visions of the future based on their own research or projects. On the following Sunday June 17 from 11am the group will get together for an open day of discussions, design workshops and live sketching as they begin to give shape to their city Under Tomorrows Sky. Eavesdrop on the conversations, take part in the debates on what the future city may be and contribute to the discussions on why such speculations on tomorrow may be of critical importance for today.

Joining Liam Young live at MU will be science fiction author and futurist Bruce Sterling, comic author, novelist and screenwriter Warren Ellis, synthetic biologist Rachel Armstrong, journalist, author and editor of Arc, New Scientist’s science fiction quarterly, Simon Ings, live sketching from Paul Duffield and many more.

The exhibition Under Tomorrow’s Sky will open on August 10 at MU. See www.undertomorrowssky.com and www.mu.nl for further updates.

[Image credit Paul Duffield ]


Liam Young, 08 05 12


Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young has contributed to a BBC Click segment titled “How Buildings Come to Life”. Liam discusses, new forms of infrastructure, sensor networks and the future of cities. Also in the episode is biotechnologist Rachel Armstong and Cloud 9 Architects.


Liam Young, 26 04 12


Singing Sentinels, a new exhibition from Liam Young of  Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be opening at Mediamatic Gallery in Amsterdam from 26th April.

Coal miners once hammered rock with twittering canaries living beside them, their changing song a warning alarm for a dangerous gas leak. These living sensors watched over us and kept us safe. For the fifth New Order show, London-based architect Liam Young explores a future scenario where bio-engineered birds once again monitor the air for us. 80 live birds will be introduced into the gallery as an ecological warning system, living in the space and providing audible feedback on the state of the atmosphere. Across the course of the exhibition pollution DJs will alter the air of the gallery in line with the predicted atmospheric composition of the post-carbon world. You will experience an accelerated atmospheric change and listen to the canary song subtly shift, as they sing an elegy for a changing planet. You can watch a film of one of the performances here.

Come and wander the augmented aviary of new order. With binoculars and your Birdwatchers Guidebook to Toxicity Sentinels you will be able to spot these specimens of unnatural history. Spy, high up on the rafters the green throated coal gull, bioengineered to be sensitive to increased levels of CO2. Track the infrared canaries of the Amsterdam Archaeology Institute as they scan the ground for the echoes of lost cities, see the luminescent plumage of the Roseshift Canaries as they fan their tails and sing sharply in the presence of dangerous Nitrous Oxide. Sit in the engineered ecology, watch the birds fly past and listen to their live song, a requiem for the new world order.

As a spinoff from the exhibition a new book “The Field Guide to the Singing Sentinels: A Birdwatcher’s Companion” is now availible. Co written by Liam Young, Geoff Manuagh and Tim Maly and with illustrations by comic artist Paul Duffield the field guide is a catalogue of these specimens of unnatural history including descriptions, behaviours and helpful tips for future sightings. You can see an excerpt and purchase your copy of the limited edition book online here.

[Illustration of the Red Radar by Paul Duffield]


Darryl Chen, 13 03 12


Darryl Chen of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today has been selected to exhibit at the British Pavilion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. Darryl will be part of the Venice Takeway global research project, and will be travelling to China in order to speculate on the future of British architecture. More details to be posted here soon.


Liam Young, 22 02 12


The Urban Times have posted an interview with Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young for their ‘Back to The Futurist Series‘. The interview includes a description of recent projects, manifestos on the future of the architect and the role of the speculative project. Other futurists interviewed for the series include Mitchell Joachim, Noah Raford and Melissa Sterry.


Liam Young, 08 02 12


Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young’s Unknown Fields Division Summer 2011 mission to Chernobyl is the cover story for this months ICON magazine. The piece is beautifully written by the expedition’s embedded journalist Will Wiles. The cover photo is by Bryan Allen. You can check out Bryan’s other photos on his blog Post Industrial Latent Space.


Liam Young, 14 11 11


Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be speaking in San Francisco at the California College for the Arts, Nov 14th 7:00pm. Liam will be taking the audience on a walk through the near future wilderness with his storytelling performance titled ‘A Field Guide to the Landscapes of Technology’. The event is in association with the Headlands Centre for the Arts where Liam is the inagural artist in residence for the Architecture and Environments programme.

 


Liam Young, 04 10 11


TTT’s Liam Young will be speaking at the 2011 Art and Environments Conference at the Nevada Museum of Art. He will be a part of the panel ‘Designing Architecture for environmental change’ with Geoff Manaugh (BLDGBLOG), David Benjamin (The Living), Mark Smout (SmoutAllen) and moderated by Bruce Sterling. The panel brings together contributors from the acompanying exhibition curated by Geoff manaugh titled ‘Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions.’ Other speakers at the conference include Edward Burtynsky, DJ Spooky, Leo Villareal and Fritz Haeg. (more…)


Darryl Chen, 26 09 11


The GO11 Award for Alternate Use has announced its shortlist. TTT as Exchange Radical Moments! festival associated partners invite you to vote for your favourite entry. There are less than two months to go before the simultaneous festival on the auspicious date of 11.11.11. Log your deets here to keep informed of the upcoming programme.


Liam Young, 21 09 11


Liam YOung will be presenting on September 21st as part of Young London: The Best Design of 2011 at the Gopher Hole in London.

“The Gopher Hole and Anna Bates have selected the best projects of the year by some of the most talented young designers in London. Each studio will have 10 minutes to present their work and discuss their ideas. Speakers include architects, graphic designers, product designers and many people who work across disciplines from all over the city.”

Reserve your free seats: rsvp@holygopher.com

Keep reading for the evenings lineup of speakers. (more…)


Liam Young, 19 09 11


On the 20th September Liam Young will be presenting as part of the Velux London Design Festival Debate curated around the question “Is planning essential in delivering the green agenda?”

“When architects so often claim to be interested in environmental issues and sustainability, why do buildings consume so much energy? Is architecture not sufficiently skilled to deliver the green design, or is the whole planning process detrimental to the cause? The government has now drafted a National Planning Policy Framework to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, and to promote sustainable growth. With this document in consultation, it is time to question athe role of planning in promoting green issues.”

Liam will be discussing the archaeology of ecotopias and ideal communities to explore how we have arrived at our contemporary positions on sustainability.

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