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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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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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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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

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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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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, 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.

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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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Darryl Chen, 08 11 10


Ji Hoon Kim from Darryl Chen and Elena Pascolo’s Bartlett M.Arch studio has been awarded second prize in the SCI-Arc Cleantech Corridor International Competition. Ji Hoon responded to the brief to reimagine LA’s Downtown with a scenario of a near-future creative industry as a place of prolific physical production. Juror Stan Allen noted that “a strategic way forward re-imagines the city of the future as a place not only of consumption, but a place where things are still made….” The MegaCreativeFactory muses on what kinds of near-dystopias are produced when the creative industries take on the scale and infrastructures of the postindustrial city.

More projects from last year’s Bartlett studio can be found at the newly launched Urban Provocations website.

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Darryl Chen, 29 07 10


Darryl Chen of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today was selected as a finalist for “Project Vienna – A Design Strategy. How To React to a City?” and is featured in an exhibition at the MAK in Vienna. The ideas competition called for future-oriented projects that expand the concept of design, and centred on the significance of design as a means to influence and shape society. Selected entries were selected on the basis of their subversive and speculative natures…. values we hold close to our hearts at TTT. The accompanying catalogue features essays from Archizoom’s Andrea Branzi and FAT’s Sam Jacob, among other Viennese notables.

The exhibition runs at the MAK in Vienna from 29 June to 12 Sep. Details can be found here. (more…)

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Darryl Chen, 17 05 10


Here are some pictures of the MBL.MTN from the recent Cities Methodologies exhibition run by Urban Laboratory.

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Darryl Chen, 29 04 10


Darryl Chen will be exhibiting the MBL.MTN project at the Cities Methodologies exhibition. Organized by the Urban Lab, the interdisciplinary endeavour draws together urban research from across UCL’s faculties including the Bartlett and the Slade School of Fine Art. A series of talks and workshops will accompany the exhibition. Full programme can be found here. Stop in and say hi!

Launch party 18.30 Wednesday 5 May 2010

Exhibition open until 7 May 2010

Slade Research Centre, UCL, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB

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Darryl Chen, 26 10 09


TTT is proud to be representing the cause of “Maximum Urbanism” at an upcoming conference in Cambridge University. Minimum… or Maximum Cities? will be exploring the past, present and future of urbanism and invoke the questions: Does the ‘minimum’ city provide a means to retrench, rethink and rebuild? Or is a ‘maximum’ urbanism the answer, based on expansive cities for a dynamic and globalised planet? Our session discussing the Future City (surprise surprise) will end the day and be chaired by Blueprint Editor Vicky Richardson. The conference is being run in conjunction with the Royal Academy’s Paper Cities exhibition and there will be a Paper Cities roadshow in Cambridge specially for the event.

The conference is being chaired by Alastair Donald, author of The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated.

Thursday 26th November, Departmnet of Architecture, Cambridge University.

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Darryl Chen, 08 10 09


Darryl Chen and Liam Young will be moderating a panel session at this year’s upcoming Festival of Urbanism, organized by the crew at This Is Not A Gateway. TTT will be joined by a cast of emerging and seasoned urbanists to discuss Productive Dystopia, or An Architecture of Unintended Consequences. Also on the panel will be Austin Williams (Future Cities Project); Karl Sharro (ManTowNHuman); Tomas Klassnik (Klassnik Corporation); Elena Pascolo and Alex Warnock-Smith (Urban Projects Bureau, Architectural Association); Finn Williams (Common Office); and Amin Taha (Amin Taha Architects). The night promises to be a lively one as we consider alternate ways of conceiving of the urban project beyond the blindly optimistic and optimistically futile. Spaces are free but with limited places on the night. 19.30 Friday Oct 23 Hanbury Hall, Spitalfields E1 6QR.

TINAG creates platforms for emerging academics, activists, human rights canvassers, artists, youth workers, filmmakers, architects, students and more, whose point of departure is the city.

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Darryl Chen, 01 12 08


 

Reinier de Graaf presented OMA’s Ras-Al-Khaimah project to a packed audience last thursday for the Architecture Foundation in London. After a characteristically thrilling account of global urban affairs effectively narrated by statistic and graph, the talk turned to the patronisingly-titled “city in the desert” project (as though we could describe London as a “city by the river”), bringing on what could be described as one of those “Elvis has left the building” moments.

OMA’s reading of Dubai as a study in banality has its response in the banal urban proposition for RAK, though in this case, banality is not the insistent cultural phenomenon of Dubai’s skyline, but rather the unashamed rolling out of the urbanist’s stock-in-trade – “compact city” densities, a public transport loop, and (yawn) the accommodation of a naturally occurring oasis. The mediocrity of this proposition is nowhere near recovered by its context-less square plan and generic city grid, tired emblems of what may be late-OMA mannerism. This is a scheme so mediocre it begs the question – what happened to one of the most intellectually engaging self-critical practices on the planet?  (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


One might think it impoverished at first glance, though scratching and enquiring deeper, we find not so much an economic fringe, but a slowly evolving urban model. Born in the glow of a new era which suddenly died out, it finds itself detached from its divorced parents, caught in the throes of puberty setting on quickly with all its attendant growing pains – a crisis of identity, new foreign growth where before there was innocently nothing, and the desire of becoming an adult being held in check by an energy to live for the moment. we traverse highways through the neighbourhoods at great speed. here, a windmill, an abandoned factory – evidence of a productive countryside, perhaps still active? but the dominant typology – a super-typology – the bare housing block sometimes 400 metres long, maybe 800…. Unlike in China where rigid planning laws align all developments east west to face the sun (for one side, at least), here in Mahzahl, communes take on a variety of different patterns. They are distributed in this vast open plain their configurations knowable like crop circles only to those who see them from above. The scale of this landscape makes ideal viewing from a fast moving car. It is a seductive cinematic experience.