Liam Young

Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the urban futures think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, perverse and imaginary urbanisms. He also runs the ‘Unknown Fields Division’, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the earth to investigate unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies.

Technology is now a key driver in evolutionary change.

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As we look up in wonder, our face is bright in the rolling glow of WiFi aurora.

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In the Brave New Now we look out over the gold price etched in an unofficial grand canyon, while a cat rides a robot vacuum cleaner and we take a shit on a toilet that asks us how our day is.

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The future exists in the present tense in a whole lot of different landscapes.

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Google tourist traveling without moving.

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The fiction of commodity prices, the infrastructure of the digital world and the algorithmic world have extraordinary physical implications.

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The GPS landscape is a prosthetic earth.

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The systems and mechanisms of cities now regulate wildlife, cities are becoming contemporary jungles.

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As super computers models the complexity of nature, they become increasingly indistinguishable from the landscape they are modeling.

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We are both our physical self and our digital self.

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Super computers becoming the new oracles, they attempt to calculate variables, they inform policies and long term strategies.

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The climate change model of the MET office consumes the same energy as a small town, making the MET office the most polluting building in the whole Europe. The virtual climate simulation model is becoming input in their own calculations.

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The Anthropocene eats itself.

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A data geology, an icon of the anthropocenic period, a period where the dominant processes that shape our planet are mechanical rather than geological, where explosive diggers and drills have replaced the slow erosion of rivers and earthquakes.

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