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 04 10

Tomorrow’sThoughtsToday’s Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Belfast Exposed Gallery as part of their  Exchange Mechanism programme. Raimi Gbadamosi is curating the progressive gallery’s latest “installation” effectively transforming the gallery space into “free public space in which the only currency is knowledge, imagination and the exchange of ideas”. Darryl will be speaking at “The Spaces In Between: resolving conflict through urban design” addressing the issues of risk, liberty and control in relation to our public space and life. The entire programme of events can be downloaded here. (more…)


Liam Young, 12 08 09

Are the 140 character twitter splurts a modern form of haiku. Web 2.0 poets or prayers to the gods of procrastination. Make up your own mind I guess. I have formed a super fast thoughts column over on Twitter. You can follow it at @Liam_Young. Lets build a twitter ninja army.


Darryl Chen, 25 01 09

The Bishop of Stepney once remarked that each parish church in his diocese was no more than five minutes walk from the last. As an organizing system of governance, accountability and dissemination of religious doctrine, the Anglican parish system was an effective means of organizing the burgeoning cities of England through the scale of the local neighbourhood. 

Tesco supermarkets are distributed with the same rigour. Each new store is planned with software allowing the right matching of store size with catchment area. Tesco’s market share is more than twice its nearest rival and so as the blue and red logo continues to sweep through England’s cities, we ask could the Tesco catchment area be the new urban parish? (more…)


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…)


Liam Young, 11 09 08

 Tomorrows Thoughts Today just presented a paper at the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual Conference. The paper was titled Retrofitting Suburbia: Navigating from the Generic to the Specific and is part of a larger provocative exploration into the consequences of the sustainable suburb model. With thanks to Richard Gatti who kindly read the paper while TTT was stretched across Asia on other projects. The conference programme can be found here.


Darryl Chen, 21 07 08

Monthly mag for the city’s homeless, The Pavement, is running a campaign of self-information for London’s rough sleepers. It asks for a mobilization of perhaps the city’s most mobile demographic group to implement an easily updatable signage system. A kind of user-content noticeboard 2.0 that puts its hopes in the power of collective intelligence. Makes sense – who really knows the streets better on a day-to-day basis?It is the stuff of a young Tschumi’s dreams. An alternate reading of urban space and a corresponding notation that sits just below the radar of middle class commuting. A new psychogeography leaping from the boards of student diploma projects to be inscribed 1:1 scale on/in the physical space of the city. Just join the dots and photograph in grainy black and white.