Darryl Chen, 04 08 11

TTT is Associated Partner for Exchange Radical Moments! Live Art Festival, a Europe-wide art event that will take place simultaneously across Amsterdam, Berlin, Bitola, Chisinau, Linz, Liverpool, Praha, Riga, Slubfurt, Stockholm and others on the auspicious date of 11.11.11.

The latest happening as part of the lead-up to the big event is a competition for the re-use of objects in the city. See information below. (more…)

Liam Young, 07 07 11


36 Bedford Square, London. Free for all. Download programme pdf here.

This year, on the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space flight and the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, we will pack our Geiger counters and space Suits and chart a course from the atomic to the cosmic to investigate the strange natures that stretch from the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor in the Ukraine and Gagarin’s launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Before we leave on our research trip we will be joined in London by an ensemble of artists, authors, scientists and designers to present a series of projects and thoughts motivated by the sites we will be visiting. Through the lens of these 2 events we will re-examine our contemporary attitudes toward the natural world and discuss our cross section through the haunting landscapes of the ecologically fragile and the technologically obsolete.  We will explore the ‘Unknown Fields’ between cultivation and nature, between utopian projections and dystopian ruins as we spin cautionary tales of a new kind of wilderness.

“To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature-could one dream of anything more!”
Yuri Gagarin




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Film maker Michael Madsen will be traveling with the Unknown Fields Division on our Chenobyl to Baikonur project. Michael is the Director of the recent documentary Into Eternity. The film tells the story of the Onkolo Nuclear Waste Repository in Finland, a facility that must remain intact for 100,000 years even though no structure in human history has even stood for such a long period of time. The film addresses an audience in the remote future and questions Onkolo’s eternal existence and its legacy as a reminder of this toxic energy source.


Originally a Natural Sciences graduate with a PhD in optoelectronics, Mario Petrucci works as a freelance creative writing tutor, broadcaster and educator. Mario has publishes a book length poem on the Chernobyl didaster titled Heavy Water. Petrucci takes up the challenge confronting society in every age: to attempt the difficult task of exploring its most terrible events. His poem unites the concerns of artist, humanitarian and historian at a common source: the desire not to forget. Heavy Water stands to remind us that those who have been exposed to the invisible should never become so.


Cornelia Hesse Honegger is a scientific illustrator and science artist. For 25 years she worked as a scientific illustrator for the scientific department of the Natural History Museum at the University of Zurich. Her watercolors are exhibited internationally at museums and galleries. Her work is an interface between art and science; it plays witness to a beautiful but endangered nature. Since the catastrophe of Chernobyl in 1986, she has collected, studied and painted morphologically disturbed insects, which she finds in the fallout areas of Chernobyl as well as near nuclear installations.


Peter Wynn Kirby is an ‘environmental anthropologist’ and researcher with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford. His latest book is “Troubled Natures: Waste, Environment, Japan.“ In it he considers experiences of nuclear risk and national/cultural constructions of energy, power, pollution, and waste in Japan and in France – the two major nations that depend most on nuclear power, yet where the risks and benefits of nuclear power play out over vastly different sociocultural topographies.


Will WIles is deputy editor of the architecture and design journal Icon and has recently completed his debut novel ‘Care of Wooden Floors’ a black comedy about a man being driven insane by minimalist interior decoration. Through the Unknown Fields project Will’s is developing a new book titled ‘Toxic Tourism’ which be published by Haperpress in mid 2012


Oliver’s background, interests and practice is in architecture. He holds a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art in Design Interactions, having previously graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2005, and co-founded the architecture practice We Made That. He is interested in developing projects that expand engagement between strategic thinking and creative practice in the public realm. His express intent is to be logically utopian and playfully analytical; project outcomes may be informative, revealing, outlandish – or hopefully all of these. Recent projects include the provocative ‘Nuclear is Good. What will it take to convince you?’, a series of speculative urban newspapers commissioned by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, a collaboration with UCL Urban Laboratory’s Creative City Limits programme, and an upcoming project on synthetic gemology due to be published this autumn.


Philips Design Probes is a dedicated ‘far-future’ research initiative to track trends and developments across the realms of politics, economics, culture, environments and technology.With the aim of understanding ‘lifestyle’ post 2020, the program aims to identify probable systemic shifts and challenges conventional ways of thinking about technology to come up with concepts, products and narratives to stimulate debate. Phillips is a primary project sponsor and has provided a number of scholarships for emerging artists to join the Unknown Fields Chernobyl to Baikonur Cosmodrome studio.


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Director of Moon Life Foundation, Alicia Framis speculates on the possibility that humans will live in space in the future. The project acts as a stimulus for artists, designers, architects to create futuristic radical political but humane concepts for an extreme lunar environment. Alicia Framis is also exploring the potentialities of living on the moon through the ironical activities and fictional character of a woman astronaut. Left on earth like all women who were never part of the moon race, she settles in to BaseCamp, in which she lived for the two weeks in a customized astronaut suit, among drawings and prototypes that aim to both parody and demand women’s presence on the moon.


Regina’s research investigates the emotional and environmental implications of manned spaceflight and particularly the psychological challenges of isolation and monotony for crew during extended exploration missions to Mars or Near Earth Asteroids. Her research has developed into conceptual and applied input into the habitability design aspects of ground-based mission simulations like the Mars 500 experiment and the generation of mission ideas with the European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team. Recently Regina has recently been based in the Stanley Kubrick archive exploring speculative design in science fiction and the real-world applicability of sci-fi film sets as scenarios for psychological habitability.


Paul Duffield is a comic book creator, animator and illustrator. He collaborates wit hauthor Warren Ellis on the webcomic Freakangels and the visual poem ‘Signal’. Signal is an experiment in visual storytelling that attempts to use comicbook visual language to explore the the theme of the human search for knowledge and other life, inspired by SETI, and Carl Sagan’s series Cosmos. After countless decades  scanning the skies, listening to the beep beep beep from alien worlds there is just one man left in the SETI institute, still waiting…


Louise K Wilson is a visual artist who makes installations, live works, sound works and single channel videos. Her current research uses the medium of sound to ask philosophical and material questions about the spatio-temporal physicality of certain sites and our perceptions of them. She has travelled to numerous military and scientific sites including the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training facility, nuclear submarines, US listening stations, university halls, rocket launch sites and disused RAF bases in pursuit of the acoustics of resonant spaces. She has explored the ways in which technologies of the audible create new ways of engaging with the lost traces of institutional places.


Nelly Ben Hayoun has designed experiences for you to become an astronaut in the living room, generating dark energy from pigeons’ eggs in the kitchen and colliding atoms in the bathroom. She is interested in how we can use design and science in our everyday lives to make them more thrilling, creative and passionate.. Often science seems to be reserved for scientists – expert practitioners who alone have the privilege of experiencing the fringes of human knowledge and the extremes of nature. Her work aims to combat this aspect of science, by enlisting willing scientists in experiences that mix the creativity with technology, science with fiction, factual with artistic and amateur with expert.


Mark Pilkington is a writer, publisher, curator and musician with particular interest in the fringes of knowledge, culture and belief. On a journey through the badlands and backwaters of America, Mark Pilkington uncovered a 60 year-old story stranger than any conspiracy thriller. Through the fascinating account of his travels Pilkington reveals the long history of UFOria and its origins in the murky worlds of espionage, psychological warfare and UFO hunters, Pilkington soon discovers that the truth about flying saucers is stranger and more complex than either the ufologists or debunkers would have us believe: instead of covering-up stories of crashed spacecraft, alien contacts and secret underground bases, the US intelligence agencies









Liam Young, 05 05 11

Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today have several projects- Where the Grass is Greener, Specimens of Unnatural History, Make me a Mountain! and an essay ‘Productive Dystopias’ in the new book ‘Utopia Forever: Visions of Architecture and Urbanism’ edited by Lukas Feireiss + Robert Klanten.

Utopia Forever, is a book that strives to bring together today’s architectural and urban visions of possible futures that rise above the disillusionment of the present, and expand the imaginative horizons of human potential, simultaneously revealing the conflicts this architecture provokes, and outlining the potential implications for our world. From magnificent master plans, floating islands and flying fortresses, to visionary cityscapes and extraordinary habitats, Utopia Forever showcases the best examples of experimental architectural propositions that have originated in recent years. Some are ironic yet critical, others affirmative yet progressive; but all are rather ambiguous and exploratory. In addition to the numerous projects from around the globe presented in this book, Utopia Forever moreover provides a selection of essays by various architects and theorists that critically discuss numerous questions associated with the subject of architectural utopias. (more…)

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.

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.

Liam Young, 03 05 11

Liam Young of TTT has a new project apprearing in the landscapes journal KERB issue 19 Paradigms of Nature: Post Natural Futures published by RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. Other contributors include TTT pals R&Sie, Dr. Rachel Armstrong, Daisy Ginsberg and Sacha Pohflepp, David Gissen et al. Have a look through the full list of contributors here. It should be an interesting issue. Go buy one.

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….

Liam Young, 09 04 11

This weekend the music and arts festival DAZED LIVE run by DAZED and CONFUSED magazine will  be hosting an exhibition titled ‘A Celebration of the City through Self-Publishing’. The show includes a history of self-publishing from the 60s underground magazine OZ and the punk fanzines of the 1970s, to the London and New York mail art dialogue from VILE magazine and Ray Johnson, and zines that have evolved into publications such as ‘Sup and Art Rocker. Included in the exhibition is the latest series of Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s self published Projects including “Where the Grass is Greener- Postcards from a Sustainable Future”, Specimens of Unnatural History: ANear Future Bestiary vol.1″ and the “Imaginarium- A catalogue of Speculative Specimens”.  TTT also contributed to a radio show discussing the future of self publishing in the age of transmedia. You can listen to it on dazed lize’s mixcloud channel here.

click below for more pictures of the exhibition. (more…)

Darryl Chen, 23 03 11

Darryl Chen and Liam Young have been invited to a panel of emerging practices to discuss how ‘the emerging generation is changing the practice of architecture”. The event at the Gopher Hole this thursday 24 March is organised by RIBA’s Building Futures thinktank who have recently published a document about the future of the profession. Joining TTT on the evening will be Aberrant Architecture, Feilden Fowles, Ple architecture, Feix&Merlin, The Assembly and Greyworld.

TTT’s model of a thinktank as a legitimate model of design practice short-circuits the traditional client-architect relationship in order to be free to explore the consequences of fantastic, perverse and underrated urbanisms. We reject the notion of the competition as an effective means of producing and disseminating work, instead self-initiating projects that explore social and technological phenomena with all the critical tools of design. We exist as a nexus among a cloud of specialists whom we work with on demand. These specialists include interaction designers, technologists, programmers, animators, fiction authors, scientists, policy writers, business consultants, and you!

Gopher Hole, 350-354 Old Street EC1V 9NQ
Thursday 24 March 2011 7.00pm

Liam Young, 01 03 11

At 6.45pm Thursday 3rd March Liam Young will be speaking as part of the London Southbank’s OS3 talk series titled ‘Maverick Practices’. 

The third OS lecture series seeks to bring together a diversity of individuals, discourses and practices that explore the limits and boundaries of both their practice and their practices as a designer whilst proposing new paradigms for the future. The individuals contributing to the series have all contributed to expand and stretch traditional definitions of their subject. The term ‘Maverick’ is not understood to be merely as an individual who does not conform but as a powerful agent for change and transformation. Past presenters include AMID* Cero9, Didier Faustino, Dunne and Raby, Peter Cook etc…

Liam will be expanding on his 2010 Venice Biennale presentation ‘Robot Monsters!’. The event is held in the Event Theatre, The keyworth Centre London Soutbank University.

Liam Young, 14 02 11

Last month Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s Liam Young was invited to be a part of BLDGBLOG’s Landscape Futures Super Workshop in LA. Foreshadowing further collaborations the event brought together the protagonists in Geoff Manuagh’s upcoming exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art titled Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices, and Architectural Inventions. Through the Super Workshop the typically insulated curatorial process has been exploded into an organised series of landscape reconnaissance expeditions, recorded conversations, lectures and student presentations. The workshop and its themes have been explored in two interesting articles here in Domus and Wired magazine and feature illustrations by Liam Young and Tomorrows Thoughts Today.

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…

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

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]

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]

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

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.

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.

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…)

Darryl Chen, 26 09 10

Just when most schools are kicking off for the new year, the MArch cycle is coming to a close. The MArch show at the Bartlett kicks off tuesday where Darryl Chen and Elena Pascolo’s Urban Provocations studio will also be on display.

Opening party Tuesday 28 September 18.00. Exhibition runs until 2 October. Wates House, 22 Gordon Street WC1H DQB


Darryl Chen, 06 09 10

Just released is Pepin Press’s Web Design Index 9 which features www.tomorrowsthoughtstoday.com in its list of best designed websites. The WBI has become the industry standard for tracking innovations in web design. Thanks guys! You’ve obviously got your finger on the pulse!

Darryl Chen, 01 09 10

This thursday is the opening of the Imaginarium: A Theatre For Constructed Ecologies in Berlin. Co-curated by Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today and Studio Lukas Feireiss with Luis Berrios-Negron, this special exhibit is devoted to the prescient subject of ecological change and adaptations caused by artificial interventions into existing ecosystems. The Imaginarium forms part of the exhibition Examples to Follow: Expeditions in Aesthetics and Sustainability curated by Adrienne Gohler.


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.

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…)

Liam Young, 28 06 10

At 2pm 29th June Liam Young will be speaking at the Futurising event in London. Chaired by Blueprint Magazine the event will be a gloves off showdown between online and print media in a battle for self publishing supremacy. Other panelists are Adrian Shaughnessy author of How To Be a Graphic Designer Without Losing Your Soul and Colin Davies, former editor of the Architects Journal. We will typically be ambiguosly falling between camps extolling the virtues of physical blogs.

Darryl Chen, 17 05 10

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


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

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.

Darryl Chen, 05 04 10

Tomorrow’sThoughtsToday’s Darryl Chen will be speaking at the Belfast Exposed Gallery as part of their  Exchange Mechanism programme. Raimi Gbadamosi is curating the progressive gallery’s latest “installation” effectively transforming the gallery space into “free public space in which the only currency is knowledge, imagination and the exchange of ideas”. Darryl will be speaking at “The Spaces In Between: resolving conflict through urban design” addressing the issues of risk, liberty and control in relation to our public space and life. The entire programme of events can be downloaded here. (more…)

Darryl Chen, 31 03 10

Alice in Wonderland… Avatar…? Get out yer old skool red and blues for this baby. Here’s a blatant marketing pitch reminding you we’re exploring sci-fantastic consequences of urbanism with one foot in the past, one foot in the present and one prosthetic appendage in the future.

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?”

Darryl Chen, 27 01 10

TTT will be exhibiting at LA’s Superfront Gallery 25 March through to 2 July in a new exhibition entitled Unplanned: Research and Experiments at the Urban Scale. Among other globally sourced artist/architect/think tanks exhibiting projects are Inaba and Salottobuono.

A group exhibit with more than twenty participants, “Unplanned” spans architecture, urban design, industrial design, conceptual art, and cartography to present an array of experimental work at the urban scale. Multi-disciplinary practitioners address emergent urbanism, “wild building”, and other alternatives to conventional urban planning.

Opening Reception Thursday March 25, 2010 5PM – 8PM
Pacific Design Center (PDC) Suite B208 | West Hollywood, CA | 90069

Darryl Chen, 12 12 09

Is that really us in this month’s Blueprint magazine? Liam Young and Darryl Chen appear in the architecture and design mag’s special issue profiling 25 people who will be changing architecture and design in 2010. Props also go to David Adjaye, MIT’s Carlo Ratti, Toh Shimazaki, our pal Finn Williams, and a host of other movers and shakers. Check it out!

Yep, the year’s going to be full of wanton speculation a la perverse urbanism. On the cards for us: research trips to the Arctic Circle, Cuba and Guantanamo Bay; a book documenting last year’s Thrilling Wonder Stories at the AA, and an equally spectacular follow-up event; an exhibition in LA’s Superfront gallery; radical art in Switzerland and more productive dystopia you could shake a stick at. RSS feed us into your brain and get in contact with us if you want to jump on the Tomorrow’sThoughtsToday bandwagon!

Darryl Chen, 27 11 09

TTT has been selected as an Associated Partner for the upcoming Europe-wide Art Festival Exchange Radical Moments! Organized by Austrian kollectiv, Die Fabrikanten, the format will encourage interdisciplinary projects that explore the nature of contemporary Europe and will culminate on 11.11.2011 as a moment of simultaneous fruition. Featured participants include Gabriela Gerber and Lukas Bardill; Scott Bunham; Owen Mundy and Juliane Stiegele. Download the promotional magazine here. (more…)

Liam Young, 22 11 09

On Wednesday 25th November Liam Young from Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today will be hosting the UK launch of BIG’s archicomic ‘Yes Is More’ at the Architectural Association. The book is an architecture monograph rendered as a cartoon strip with director Bjarke Ingels cast as comic superhero as he bounds through the bash, zap, pow bubbles of BIG’s kinky constructions. Duelling with the ‘Arch’ villains of planning regulators, developers and the gloom of global recession the spirited Bjarke always seems to win the day,  squeezing humour from bureaucracy and spinning tall tales of wide eyed optimism and poptastic manifestos of yes yes yes.   The event kicks off at 7pm with a lecture from Bjarke Ingels followed by discussion and a FREE bar. The book will be on sale for a special launch price and the whole gig is open to the public. A video of the event will be archived online here later in the week.

Liam Young, 05 11 09

Liam Young from Tomorrows Thoughts Today is curating an exhibition and lecture on the work by the maverick ‘architect’ Mas Yendo.

Salvaged from the wreckage, Mas’ artifacts are evidence of a near future where labyrinthine, steel filaments mesh together like roots of an overgrown tree, mechanical elements bulge from decrepit structures, naked pipes wrap around each other in bondage. Loose wires, rusted steel panels, chipped paint, layered walls and the assimilation of organic entity and machine capture the essence of this city. Born in 1957 in Tokyo, Japan, his experimental works have been compiled in his monograph Ironic Diversions, published by Springer/Wien through Lebbeus Woods’  Research Institute of Experimental Architecture. He currently lives and works in New York City.

The exhibition titled E-X PROSTHESIS will be a collection of his extraordinary objects made from hacked military model kits and accompanying graphite drawings. Mas will give a lecture at 6.30 in the UCL Darwin lecture theater before opening the exhibition in the Bartlett School of Architecture Lobby Gallery.

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.

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.

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).

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…)

Darryl Chen, 13 09 09

The Power of 8 project will be a featured partner of this year’s London Design Festival. London’s premier platform for showcasing design talent, the festival will run between 19 – 27 September in venues across the city, including the 22 Sep Power of 8 private view.

Meanwhile, the Power of 8 exhibition is gathering momentum. Long round table discussions, pinboard workshops and public events have given way to recircuiting, hacking, rendering and prototyping. The latest description of the emerging work is “a proposal for an alternate, augmented ecosystem”. Yeah, we can dig that.

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!

Liam Young, 12 08 09

Are the 140 character twitter splurts a modern form of haiku. Web 2.0 poets or prayers to the gods of procrastination. Make up your own mind I guess. I have formed a super fast thoughts column over on Twitter. You can follow it at @Liam_Young. Lets build a twitter ninja army.

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.


Liam Young, 09 07 09

Liam Young from Tomorrows Thoughts Today’s project “Make Me A Mountain!” has won the D3 Natural Systems Design Innovation Award for Sustainable New York City. You can view the project in the slow thoughts column or on the competition website. The work will be exhibited at the D3′s Brooklyn gallery in  in Autumn.

Liam Young, 05 07 09

I have helped to organise Geoff Manaugh’s BLDGBLOG book launch which will be held at the Architectural Association on Tuesday 7th July 6-8pm. The event is free and open to the public.  Come along a bit earlier as the AA Projects Review exhibition is also running at the same time. The whole building is filled with all manner of architectural wonders. I run Intermediate Unit 7 here so pop in and check out the work.

Top photo by Valerie Bennett.

Liam Young, 28 06 09

The work from Unit 6, Liam Young and Paolo Zaide’s design studio at the Bartlett, will be on show from from the 27th June to the 4th July at the Bartlett Summer Show. The exhibition is the annual celebration of work at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Over 450 students show drawings, models, devices, texts, animations and installations. The show is in the Slade Gallery on Gower St, London WC1.

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


Darryl Chen, 10 05 09

In an unprecedented win for libertarians, urbanists and civic-minded people everywhere, CCTV was successfully banned from a major public space on London’s Southbank.  The area around London Eye and County Hall is one of the capital’s major tourist attractions and a potential target of terrorist attacks and minor public nuisance. However in what will be seen as a bold move that is inconsistent with policing strategies in other major public spaces, a CCTV camera last weekend was asked to dismount its surveillance equipment and to proceed quietly onto another destination. Security officials were unavailable for comment.

In the interests of public safety, TTT was able to secretly film the CCTV camera without its consent and monitor its subsequent actions to verify that security officials’ instructions had been followed.

Darryl Chen, 27 04 09

Everyone knows Golden Lane from the Smithsons, right? We’re talking streets in the sky and those great collages of convivial couples on elevated walkways. Well, it joins the ranks of architecture’s Most Famous Second-Place-Getters eclipsing the actual built scheme. It’s a pity that hardly anyone knows much about the architects who came first – Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, who are otherwise known for the ground- and rule-breaking Barbican development next door. Even fewer would care to realize that the Barbican’s high walkways represent a successful (!) and built (!) example of those streets in the sky. Maybe, those kinds of concepts are best remembered in the imaginary and speculative world of architectural competitions than actual physical realities. Plus, the Smithsons (three noteworthy leaking buildings and a crapload of dogma) are untouchable, aren’t they…? (more…)

Darryl Chen, 20 04 09

“I thought: here is a fiction for the present day. I wasn’t interested in the far future, spaceships and all that. Forget it. I was interested in the evolving world, the world of hidden persuaders, of the communications landscape developing, of mass tourism, of the vast conformist suburbs dominated by television – that was a form of science fiction, and it was already here.”

Darryl Chen, 18 04 09

One week in London witnessed three amazing urban spectacles – a feast for urban geeks that was not lost on us at TTT.


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.


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…)

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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