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Liam Young, 22 09 16


On Friday September 23rd Liam Young will be speaking with Fiona Raby, Katie Torn and Chris Woebken at GSAPP’s Imaginary Futures Conference. In order to better understand and evaluate present social, cultural, and technological conditions and project future possibilities, architects, designers, and artists often utilize speculative or design fiction to consider “what if.” Using a strategy common to the work of writers and artists such as J.G. Ballard and Chris Marker, speculative and imaginative designs for the near future take a current scenario to an extreme endpoint, in order to enact a highly tangible and often prescient expression of the now. Imaginary Futures reflects the limitations of our current realities while attempting to transcend them through the scales of: the city, the object, the body, and the mind.

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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, 15 10 15


Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be premièring a 3 screen audio visual storytelling performance at Sci Arc in Los Angeles, Wed 7pm October 28th. With spoken word and a rapid fire assault of film, animation and live sound mixing we will go on a storytelling walking tour through the flickering screen and beyond the fog of the cloud, to explore City Everywhere, a fictional city of the near future, extrapolated from the fears and wonders of an increasingly complex present The performance will narrate a place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes, extreme mega cities and designed urban fictions. Admission is free and open to the public. The venue address is 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013.

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Liam Young, 18 02 15


On the 24th February in Munich, Liam Young will be performing a new storytelling piece at Android Paranoid, a symposium on current scenarios for the future. Futurologists, architects, critics and curators will convene from around the world to address the ambiguous influence of digitalisation on architecture and our cities, the power of “Big Data”, and smart cities and their vulnerabilities. The event also includes talks by Daniel van der Velden Metahaven design and research studio, Amsterdam, Kristoffer Gansing director, transmediale, Berlin, Dr. Jan Willmann Gramazio Kohler architects, ETH Zurich,  together with music by David Letellier and film screenings by the Russian artist Andrey Yagubsky Moscow. Curated and moderated by Nadin Heinich plan A.

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Liam Young, 30 11 14


On December 1st Liam Young will be presenting one of the keynote presentations at the On Architecture: Facing the Future conference in Belgrade Serbia. The Conference will explore and discuss the complexity and various meanings of Architecture. Interdisciplinary approach is a milestone in defining thematic blocks: Utopia and Architecture, Challenges in Architecture, Shape in Architecture, Between Utopia and Reality. These themes will consider substance of architecture through all its dimensions always thinking of it as art and philosophical reflection on architecture. The substance will be discussed through various points, processes and trends that contribute to new aesthetics and functionalism: globalization, new approaches to design, innovative technologies, projects, and materials.

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Liam Young, 14 10 14


On October 15th Liam Young will be speaking at Rice University School of Architecture, Houston, TX as part of their ‘Near Future’ talk series. The event investigates the question- what will our cities and buildings look like in 10 years? From what sources, both physical and immaterial, will they be constructed?  The near future lies just beyond the horizon, and so with continuous effort we attempt to give it form, knowing full well that our predictions will soon expire. This three-part series brings together a diverse group of visionaries – architects, artists, photographers, and filmmakers – whose work is speculative while remaining attached to the present. In these lectures, dialogues, and discussions, the speakers will address the ways we represent and construct both time and space while forecasting what is yet to come. Also speaking with Liam Young will be artist Agnieszka Kurant.

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Liam Young, 11 04 14


In April Liam Young will be travelling through Australia to perform a new story in Melbourne and Brisbane. On April 15th he will be at the State Library in Brisbane and on April 16th he will be at Melbourne University. This will be the first time Liam has returned to his country of birth to present his work. Both events are free and open to the public. Follow the links for details.

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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, 23 01 14


On the 23rd of january, enroute back from asia after the latest Unknown Fields expedition Liam Young will be stopping of in Rotterdam to present at How Do You Do Biodesign. Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Willem de Kooning Academy invite you to attend How Do You Do Biodesign, an evening for architects, urban designers, product designers, biologists, fashion designers, artists and digital makers and others who are curious what exactly biodesign can mean for the field of work and research. Have you ever wondered what biodesign could mean for your immediate surroundings? Are you curious to find out what biohacking is? Or do you want to learn how to design with living material? In short, do you want to know how to put biodesign into practice? How Do You Do is a format for exchanging and sharing ideas, expertise and experience. Don’t expect any fancy PowerPoint presentations. Instead, you’ll hear honest stories about the making of, with lots of information about what works and what doesn’t.
[image credit- Half life lamp by Joris Laarman]

Keep reading for the full list of speakers  (more…)

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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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Liam Young, 16 11 13



Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be doing the Great Indoors Lecture in Maastricht, Netherlands on Saturday 16th November. Liam will be doing a performance of Brave New Now, a storytelling walking tour through an imaginary city, extrapolated from the wonders and possibilities of emerging biological and technological research. A place found somewhere between the real and the imagined, both achingly familiar and exceedingly strange, stitched together from fragments of distant landscapes, interior worlds and speculative designed fictions.

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Liam Young, 03 02 13


Arc’s editor Simon Ings talks to Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young about his recent brush with Special Branch, and how a robotic ballet at Dublin’s Science Gallery led to him and his colleagues being recorded under the UK’s Terrorism Act. ARC is also media partner for our Future city project Under Tomorrows Sky and Future Perfect. You can see a preview of some of this work in ARC issue 1.4 out now.

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Darryl Chen, 28 10 12


Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Stylus Trend Day on Thursday 8 November 2012. The event is a cross-disciplinary open discussion mining selected brains and charting future trends.

Stylus provides inspirational and informative research and relates it to prevailing consumer trends, acting as a catalyst to push the design industries to new levels. How companies apply this to their brands and product categories will change the game forever.

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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, 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, 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, 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, 26 04 12


Singing Sentinels, a new exhibition from Liam Young of  Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be opening at Mediamatic Gallery in Amsterdam from 26th April.

Coal miners once hammered rock with twittering canaries living beside them, their changing song a warning alarm for a dangerous gas leak. These living sensors watched over us and kept us safe. For the fifth New Order show, London-based architect Liam Young explores a future scenario where bio-engineered birds once again monitor the air for us. 80 live birds will be introduced into the gallery as an ecological warning system, living in the space and providing audible feedback on the state of the atmosphere. Across the course of the exhibition pollution DJs will alter the air of the gallery in line with the predicted atmospheric composition of the post-carbon world. You will experience an accelerated atmospheric change and listen to the canary song subtly shift, as they sing an elegy for a changing planet. You can watch a film of one of the performances here.

Come and wander the augmented aviary of new order. With binoculars and your Birdwatchers Guidebook to Toxicity Sentinels you will be able to spot these specimens of unnatural history. Spy, high up on the rafters the green throated coal gull, bioengineered to be sensitive to increased levels of CO2. Track the infrared canaries of the Amsterdam Archaeology Institute as they scan the ground for the echoes of lost cities, see the luminescent plumage of the Roseshift Canaries as they fan their tails and sing sharply in the presence of dangerous Nitrous Oxide. Sit in the engineered ecology, watch the birds fly past and listen to their live song, a requiem for the new world order.

As a spinoff from the exhibition a new book “The Field Guide to the Singing Sentinels: A Birdwatcher’s Companion” is now availible. Co written by Liam Young, Geoff Manuagh and Tim Maly and with illustrations by comic artist Paul Duffield the field guide is a catalogue of these specimens of unnatural history including descriptions, behaviours and helpful tips for future sightings. You can see an excerpt and purchase your copy of the limited edition book online here.

[Illustration of the Red Radar by 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, 14 11 11


Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be speaking in San Francisco at the California College for the Arts, Nov 14th 7:00pm. Liam will be taking the audience on a walk through the near future wilderness with his storytelling performance titled ‘A Field Guide to the Landscapes of Technology’. The event is in association with the Headlands Centre for the Arts where Liam is the inagural artist in residence for the Architecture and Environments programme.

 

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Liam Young, 13 09 11


Liam Young, of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, will be giving a lecture at the MU gallery in Eindhoven to accompany our Circus Babylon exhibition curated by Lukas Feireiss. Entrance is free and the event will kick off at 8:00pm 15th September in the gallery space. Details are here. Liam will also be on hand earlier in the afternoon to talk through the Landscapes of Unnatural History installation (see fast thoughts). The event will be titled ‘A field Guide to the Landscapes of technology’ and will be a virtual walking tour through a stranger than truth history of Nature, touring roman mythology, medieval bestiaries, zoological hoaxes, travelling menageries, imaginary plants, Galapagonian invasive species, Australian supermines, japanese anime and fictional biotechnological mutants.

image credit- Nausicaa dir. Hayao Miyazaki

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Liam Young, 29 08 11


Liam Young will be speaking in New York on Sept 1st for Studio-X’s Landscape Futures Night School. Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley have taken over as co-coordinators of the Studio and have just announced the first few events of what is sure to be an expansive new program. First up on the 1st Sept at 12.30pm will be a live public interview with Deborah Estrin, director of the Center for Embedded Network Sensing at UCLA and to follow will be the first of their Night School formats begining at 6pm. As Geoff outlines “Following Liam’s presentation of his work, I’ll be engaging with him in a public conversation, whiteboard brainstorm, and armchair journey around the world, exploring fieldwork as a form of research, the role of the sketchbook, the importance of narrative in architectural design, and the architect as investigative traveler. Expect to hear about everything from Australian kangaroo culls and the control of invasive species to conflict metals, the open-pit gold mine as designed landscapes, and the difficulties of piloting a boat up the Congo.” You must RSVP if you would like to attend: studioxnyc AT gmail DOT com.

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Liam Young, 05 05 11


Tomorrow’ Thoughts Today’s Liam Young is now running a new image catalogue Where the Wild Things Are. Check it out for your fill of black technologies, fanciful beasts, strange futures and alien landscapes. Get in touch with any suggestions for the catalogue.

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Liam Young, 21 11 10


On November 26th Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young and BLDGBLOG’s Geoff Manaugh will be coordinating the next installment of their Thrilling Wonder Stories series at the Architectural Association in London. The event will also be streamed live online here from 1pm – 8pm GMT.

We have always regaled ourselves with speculative stories of a day yet to come. In the polemic visions of Thrilling Wonder Stories we furnish the fictional spaces of tomorrow with objects and ideas that at the same time chronicle the contradictions, inconsistencies, flaws and frailties of the everyday. Slipping suggestively between the real and the imagined they offer a distanced view from which to survey the consequences of various social, environmental and technological scenarios. Thrilling Wonder Stories 2 gathers an ensemble of mad scientists, literary astronauts, digital poets, speculative gamers, mavericks, visionaries and luminaries to spin stories of wondrous possibilities or dark cautionary tales.

The TWS2 lineup includes…

COUNTERFEIT ARCHAEOLOGIES
Dunne and Raby [Design Provocateurs]
Gavin Rothery [Concept artist for the film Moon]
Paul Duffield [Artist and Author of Freakangels and Signal comics]

APOCALYPTIC VISIONS
Antony Johnston [Author of the post-apocalyptic graphic novel series Wasteland and Daredevil comics]
Splash Damage [Designers of the Ark, the war stricken floating refugee city from the game Brink]
Johnny Hardstaff [Filmmaker and designer for Ridley Scott Associates]

CAUTIONARY TALES
Will Self [Author of The Book of Dave, Psychogeography and Walking Through Hollywood]
Geoff Manaugh + Nicola Twilley [Founders of BLDGBLOG, Edible Geography and Future Plural]
Joep Van Lieshout [Founder of Atelier Van Lieshout and the speculative free state of AVL Ville]

NEAR FUTURES
BERG London [Technologists, Futurists and RFID magicians]
Rachel Armstrong [Biotechnology and Sci Fi Squishiness]
The Why Factory [Urban futures think tank]

ALTERNATIVE PRESENTS
Ant Farm [Architectural super group and counter culture heroes]
Jeff VanderMeer [Author of the fantasy novels City of Saints and Madmen and Finch]
Alex Rutterford [Motion graphics filmmaker, designer and director for Warp records and RSA films]

Also Featuring…
+ Xbox Kinect full body gaming with pre release demonstration of Ubisoft’s groundbreaking Children of Eden and discussion with Julian Gerighty and Jorg Tittel
+ live musical accompaniment from the melodramatic folk ensemble  ‘Plaster of Paris’  

Thrilling Wonder Stories 2 follows last years event that featured Francois Roche, Peter Cook, Viktor Antonov, Warren ellis, Squint Opera, Ian Macleod and Jim Roosignol. You can watch the event in the online archive here.

Both events will be novelised as a collection of illustrated future fictions to be launched with Thrilling Wonder Stories 3 in November 2011.

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Liam Young, 18 10 10


After winning last years RIBA presidents medals with a project from their 08/09 studio ‘Necessary Monsters‘ set in the Galapagos Islands Liam Young and Kate Davies’ 09/10 ‘End of the World and Other Bedtime Stories’ has been named one of the top 10 London architecture units by the Architectural Review. Set in the Arctic Circle the studio’s Department of Intangible Technology has encoded the ephemera of web 2.0 into data fossils that calcify on our own bones and are etched into the layers of glacial ice. Their illegal biology unit has cultivated a psychedelic mushroom farm in which to drown our sorrows and in our department of climatology a hanging community squats a waterfall as a protest for water rights and a weather sensitive landscape broadcasts the song of a dying world. Projects will be posted on TTT shortly and you can read the brief below.

Stay tuned for their 10/11 Unknown Fields Division studio ‘Never Never Lands: Prospecting in Dreamtime‘ set in the mining landscapes of outback Australia.  Also look out for the launch of their new AA summer travelling studio ‘Unknown Fields’- a collaboration with Phillips Design probes, Volume Magazine et al. (more…)

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Liam Young, 24 08 10


Liam Young from Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be at the Venice Biennale this week presenting at a series of events as part of Beyond Entropy: When Energy Becomes Form. He will be giving a lecture titled ROBOT MONSTERS at 6.00pm 26th august and participating in the symposium from 11am-11pm on 27th August. Other speakers include Ricardo de Ostos, Tobias Klien on the 26th and Stefano Boeri, Charles Jencks, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ricky Burdett and many more for the symposium. The event is held in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini located on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, across the Canal from St. Mark’s square. Then from 3.00pm on the 28th Liam will be giving a tour of the Australian and British pavilions at the biennale.

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Liam Young, 13 03 10


On 16th March 9.30am Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young will be speaking on Dystopias, ideal communities gone wrong and the end of the world at the SxSW ‘Design for the Dark Side’ panel. Other panelists are Jason Nunes screenwriter, author, interaction designer and a guy partly responsible for some of the best straight to video horror films to come out of the 1990s and Rachel Abrams- designer of technologically mediated experiences, writer, academic. The gig will be chaired by IDEO’s Ben Fullerton.

And so the blurb…

“Design usually focuses on making the world around us better – optimism often rules the roost in our industry. But what might happen if we forced ourselves to design for a catastrophic or dystopian future? Can we learn something by designing for a darker side of human experience?”

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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, 23 09 09


Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Barbican next wednesday as part of a design workshop series with Studio AV. The workshops are embedded within the Futurological Congress – a three-day conference and exhibition of contemporary Polish architecture. Daniel Libeskind and Joseph Rykwert will give keynote talks (after TTT warms up the crowd).

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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, 01 04 09


Liam Young and Tomorrows Thoughts Today will be showing a selection of project prints at the FUTURE.city.past.FORWARD exhibition in the d3 gallery in Brooklyn New York from April 11 – May 3, 2009. The exhibition features work in art, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and graphics that expresses futurism at various scales and from emerging perspectives.

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Darryl Chen, 24 03 09


Futurology, future-casting or futurism (with a little ‘f’) used to be a serious business. Now it’s just become business. (more…)