Liam Young explores near-future urbanism at SLQ
Pushing the boundaries of radical theoretical futures, Liam Young is the founder of London-based think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today. Liam is also a UQ expat, and he returns to Brisbane next week to engage the local community in his theorems for future urbanism.
Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today fosters debate about social, architectural and political realities for our planet’s future, exploring the consequences of urban life in hypothetical near-future scenarios that consider organic, geological, technological and human elements. An architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures, Liam also teaches at the Architectural Association in London, is a visiting professor at Princeton University, and co-curated the Lisbon Architecture Triennale last year.
Liam’s drive to push the boundaries of architecture, urbanism and futurism shows no limits, literally, in that he also runs Unknown Fields Division – annual nomadic workshops where he travels with students to the ends of the earth, investigating unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. These expeditions have seen projects developed in the Ecuadoran Amazon, Galapagos Islands, far-north Alaska, the Australian outback, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Delve further into this architecturist’s journey, past and future, at the fourth lecture in the 2014 UQ Architecture Lecture Series at the Asia Pacific Design Library next Tuesday April 15.