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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Liam Young, 04 05 11


The smaller travelling version of ‘The Imaginarium: A Theatre For Constructed Ecologies’ has been reviewed by Arbitare Magazine. You can see the full exhibition from its Berlin opening in the Fast thoughts column. The Imaginarium is co-curated by Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Studio Lukas Feireiss with design by Luis Berrios-Negron.  The exhibition brings together a group of architects, artists and scientists including TTT’s Liam Young, Francois Roche/R&Sie(n), Greg Lynn, Philip Beesley, Rachel Armstrong, Theo Jansen, Terunobu Fujimori, Triptyque ArchitectureIlkka Halso, Lucy McRae, Cero9Mas Yendo, and many more to engage the prescient subject of ecological change and adaptations caused by artificial interventions into existing ecosystems.

The Imaginarium is curated as an unnatural history museum of archaeological fragments, botanical samples, exhibits, evidence and curiosities. Archived in the accompanying Catalogue of Speculative Specimens we see a jump in the fossil record, an evolutionary leap, as the interbreeding of biology and technology has given birth to a strange new nature.

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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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Darryl Chen, 24 04 10


TTT’s “Where The Grass is Greener” project  – singled out for its “erotic spatial possibilities of the accumulation of trash” – features in Cristina Goberna Pesudo‘s article on LA Superfront’s Unplanned exhibition. The article “The Architectural Agonism of the Unplanned, a Play in Ten Acts” can be found on Domus Web here.

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Darryl Chen, 25 08 09


TTT’s Where the Grass is Greener project appears in the latest issue of MONU magazine. We’ve never seen so many urban thinktanks assembled in the one place (!) with projects from OMA, alumni from the Harvard GSD, Domus Academy and a curious outfit called What About It. MONU is the only magazine we know of that has its own youtube edition. Ahh, those clever Dutch. The issue on Clean Urbanism critically scrutinizes aspects of energy, consumption and waste and their effects on the contemporary city. Scroll down in Slow Thoughts to get a taster of our vision for a green future in all its wide-eyed potential, and grab a copy of MONU!

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Liam Young, 16 07 09


The work from the students of Liam Young (Tomorrows Thoughts Today) and Kate Davies’ (liquidfactory) design unit 7 ‘Necessary Monsters’ is being exhibited at the Architectural Associations projects review , 36 Bedford Sq London until July 25th.  (We are the glowing room just beyond the terrace) Those of you not in London can see the work by following the links to intermediate 7 in the online exhibition.  Read on for a full studio and project description.

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Liam Young, 04 03 09


An Exhibition of the work of Intermediate Studio 7 run by Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young and Kate Davies from Liquid Factory will be opening Friday 26th February in the Architectural Association’s Back members room. The exhibition titled ‘Where the Wild Things Are…’ will run until the 27th March. Update: Exhibition photos have been added below. (more…)

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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.