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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…)

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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 ]

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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.

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Liam Young, 05 05 11


Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today have several projects- Where the Grass is Greener, Specimens of Unnatural History, Make me a Mountain! and an essay ‘Productive Dystopias’ in the new book ‘Utopia Forever: Visions of Architecture and Urbanism’ edited by Lukas Feireiss + Robert Klanten.

Utopia Forever, is a book that strives to bring together today’s architectural and urban visions of possible futures that rise above the disillusionment of the present, and expand the imaginative horizons of human potential, simultaneously revealing the conflicts this architecture provokes, and outlining the potential implications for our world. From magnificent master plans, floating islands and flying fortresses, to visionary cityscapes and extraordinary habitats, Utopia Forever showcases the best examples of experimental architectural propositions that have originated in recent years. Some are ironic yet critical, others affirmative yet progressive; but all are rather ambiguous and exploratory. In addition to the numerous projects from around the globe presented in this book, Utopia Forever moreover provides a selection of essays by various architects and theorists that critically discuss numerous questions associated with the subject of architectural utopias. (more…)

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Liam Young, 22 09 09


If you’re in London this Wednesday 23rd September Liam Young will be speaking at the Launch for the first issue of the Bookazine Beyond: Short Stories on the Post Contemporary. The first volume is themed Scenarios and Speculations and includes contributions from Bruce Sterling, SuperStudio, Wes Jones, Aaron Betsky, Sam Jacob, Shumon Basar and many more. The event will begin with a presentation on Urban Fictions by Colin Fournier followed by a roundtable discussion with Liam Young, Sam Jacob and book editor Pedro Gadanho. (more…)

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Liam Young, 03 11 08


Drifting endlessly above the earth are the suburban dwellers that occupy these visions of 70’s space utopias. In the looming shadow of the cold war fears of nuclear apocalypse led us to envision new worlds above the crust of the earth drifting endlessly as orbital suburbs with all the comforts of home. (more…)

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Liam Young, 03 11 08


Nothing dates like images of the future. As a wide eyed child I remember sitting cross legged on the floor, with the flickering images of the Jetsons illuminating my saturady morning, thumbing through the pages of the Usborne books of the Future and the World of Tomorrow series. (more…)

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Darryl Chen, 14 10 08


Five hours from Tokyo and a half hour boat ride across the Setonaikai, one finds Naoshima. This island retreat once was a fishing village, but is now an art-themed Elysium inhabited by sculpture parks, two spectacular Ando museums, and a fishing village exquisitely retrofitted with site-specific artwork. Even the ferry terminal is a Sanaa bespoke. (more…)

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Liam Young, 20 08 08


"The 21 Steps" by Charles Cumming screenshot

It begins suggestively “I was the wrong man, in the wrong place, at the wrong time.” This is the opening to “The 21 Steps” by Charles Cumming. It is the first of six stories written in answer to the Penguin challenge to reinvent fiction through the medium of the internet. This narrative unfolds across the birdseye London of Google Maps. Click after click you follow the story from the air, familiar places of the city, overwritten with the invisible trials of our intrepid protagonists. Here Google Maps is not just a tool of location and navigation but an excursion into daydream and fantasy. read it here

phantom bird nests

I am reminded of my recent trip to Beijing where I played architectural tourist, scouting out a preview of the Olympic icons guided by my Google Map print outs. Just like our ’21 steps’ hero I was consistently the wrong man in the wrong place, this time however it was the misinformation of my Google guide that led me astray. I had to track down each building from somewhere within a point cloud of misguided user added Google markers. Like a roadtrip couple bickering over who gets to use the map, it seems the collective intellegence of the web is yet to reach a sightseeing consensus.  I was walking a fictional Beijing, filled with eight imaginary Bird Nests, a new reading of place built from the mistakes of hundreds of Google literate, lost tourists.

So here we are, iphone at the ready, Google Maps in hand, embarking on journeys of strangeness and novelty as our cities are imbued with the traces of invisible maps of fantasy, mistakes, and misdirection, all uploaded by the connected population of the world/web 2.0.

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Darryl Chen, 21 07 08


OSCAR NIEMEYER WANTS — the big gesture. the curve of the land. the sensuousness of the female body. the purity of form. the aesthetic experience. the freedom of space.
[The result ---- the master architect. the icon. the averagely-detailed one-liner. impressive from fifty metres, average from five]

LINA BO BARDI WANTS — subversion of society’s repressive structures. art to be sociable. recreation to be productive. the user to know their place in the world.
[The result --- ungainly structures. social condensers. buildings that become more meaningful with inhabitation]