With his London think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, Liam Young, a speculative architect and urban futurologist, operates in the spaces between science, technology and architecture. Using fictitious stories, films and performances he develops forecasts of our urban future. Very different from mere sci-fi entertainment, his hybrid worlds investigate the consequences of emerging technological developments, blurring the lines between the natural and the artificial, the digital and the material. A frequent starting point for these scenarios are excursions to the ends of the earth, undertaken by his nomadic research studio Unknown Fields Division. Aboard a container ship in the South China Sea, at the restricted military outpost Area 51 in Nevada, or traversing the frozen Arctic Sea, he searches for “weak signals,” those moments in which our present coalesces into a vision of the future.
Liam develops this research through teaching positions at the Architectural Association in London and is visiting professor at Princeton University. His projects include most notably Loop 60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra, a sell-out live robotic performance in collaboration with John Cale of the Velvet Underground for the Barbican Theatre. Liam is a contributing editor for ICON magazine and was named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people, who will change architecture and design.