Liam Young, 19 05 09


Tomorrows Thoughts Todays Liam Young and Geoff Manaugh from BLDGBLOG are curating a symposium on Science Fiction and Architecture on May 29th 11am – 6pm. at the Architectural Association in London.

The event is free so come one come all. If you are outside of London the event will be streamed live online on the AA website.

Speakers include

Geoff Manaugh (Chair)
Journalist, Commentator, Author. Founder of blog BLDGBLOG
Vicktor Antonov
Art Director for game ‘Half Life 2’ and Production Designer for film ‘Rennaissance’.
Francois Roche and Stephanie Lavaux
R&Sie architects Paris.
Warren Ellis
Comic author. Creator of ‘Transmetropolitan’ and ‘Fell’, writer for Marvel and DC comics.
Ian Macleod
Science Fiction Novelist. Winner of 2009 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction
Archigram- Peter Cook/Dennis Crompton
Seminal visionary architecture group
Squint Opera
Film and media production studio.
Jim Rossignol
Gaming author and journalist.
Nic Clear
Editor of ‘Architectures of the Near Future: Architectural Design’ and Bartlett U15 tutor

“Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century.” J.G. Ballard

We have always regaled ourselves with speculative tales of a day yet to come. In these polemic visions we furnish the fictional spaces of the near future 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.

In this symposium we will hear stories from such foreign fields as gaming, film, comics, animation, literature and art.  These speculative practitioners present alternative models as test sites for the deployment of the wondrous possibilities or dark cautionary tales of our own architectural imaginings. And so we wander off the map to embark on a future safari into the brave new worlds that may evolve from our own.

The symposium will be a collection of presentations, interviews and group discussions.

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  • 1. miranda  |  May 20th, 2009 at 7:16 am

    sorry for the boring question, but what’s the best way to reserve places?


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