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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.

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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.

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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.

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Darryl Chen, 23 04 11


TTT’s Where the Grass Is Greener speculative provocation was featured in a recent issue of China’s premier style magazine The Outlook. Flick back in Slow Thoughts for the skinny on our project for London’s suburbs….

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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, 29 07 08


 

Who ever thought that travelling from one side of the Huangpu River to the other could be such a mind-altering experience? After descending from the regal Bund district into a collecting tunnel, uniformed attendees usher you into a sanitized antechamber, receiving room for the automated people-movers small standing height vehicles taking the form of white bubbles, exhibiting a smoothness of design not out of place in Kubrick’s A Space Odyssey. Eerie muzak dominates over the electrical silence of the vehicles adding to the cinematic nature of the experience. Pass the duchie and read on.   

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