Liam Young

Liam Young
Southern California Institute of Architecture · Department of Architecture

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Design and Futures is a major collection of essays, manifestos, interviews and peer-reviewed articles, edited by Stuart Candy (Carnegie Mellon University) and Cher Potter (Victoria and Albert Museum), documenting 'design futures' discourse and practice around the world. First published as back-to-back volumes in the open access Journal of Futures S...
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Speculation is a tool that architects know very well. But, what other ends can it be useful for? Here, Liam Young introduces us to a world in which design may no longer be only human-centered. Thus, speculation would no longer be a tool for architects to design buildings but may rather operate as a warning for us to redefine our own tools as archit...
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Liam Young is an Australian born architect currently running the MA in Fiction and Entertainment at Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles.
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Facial recognition software raises issues of privacy and perception. To tackle these, Adam Harvey, an American designer based in Berlin, has worked with the multinational multimedia collective Hyphen‐Labs to create a new form of camouflage textile aimed at computer rather than human vision. Guest‐Editor Liam Young investigates.
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The Cloud is not just floating in the ether – it has several physical homes. Humans rarely set foot in these ultra‐high‐security, alien settings, yet they are central to our culture today. Guest‐Editor Liam Young describes how Irish artist John Gerrard used photographs taken from a helicopter to conjure a virtual tour of them.
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In satellite photography, individuals on Earth are too small to be visible, yet our impact through technology is plain to see. American artist Jenny Odell tells Guest‐ Editor Liam Young how she has been scouring satellite imagery for industrial landscapes that serve as portraits by proxy, underlining our reliance on the machines we have created.
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A new technological industry is stirring deep in rural China: Bitcoin mines operated by hydroelectric power from mountain streams. Photojournalist Xingzhe Liu took the long hike to discover their operators’ working conditions. Guest‐Editor Liam Young relays the dark and gruelling tale of what he found.
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A lonely world where everyone who can has fled, and those who remain dwell amid the remnants of environments designed for machines rather than people: this is the vision of Earth in three decades’ time that is the backdrop to the 2017 film Blade Runner 2049. Guest‐Editor Liam Young talks to supervising art director Paul Inglis and presents the work...
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Amazon's warehouse shelves look chaotic – far from the orderliness of a traditional store or library. So how are our online orders fulfilled at such speed? Guest‐Editor Liam Young reports on Madrid‐based British photographer Ben Roberts's exploration of this environment governed by computer algorithms.
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How is the personality of an artificial intelligence crafted, and what are the issues at stake? As one of the original architects of Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana's personality, Deborah Harrison knows the process inside out. In an interview with Guest‐Editor Liam Young, she examines the questions that creating this AI raised in terms of gen...
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What will be the post‐manufacturing future of the industrial heartlands of Southeast Asia? Fiction and non‐fiction author Tim Maughan teams up with speculative architect and educator Liam Young to capture a dystopian vision of desolate dereliction in 2050, in which large‐scale mass production has been almost altogether abandoned in favour of small‐...
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As leaders of the Unknown Fields Division at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London, Liam Young and Kate Davies take their students on trips to the end of the earth. Cataloguing extreme territories, they investigate the role of design in developing new cultural relationships. Fictional speculation is used as an instrume...
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Under Tomorrow's Sky is a fictional future city. For the project, speculative architect Liam Young assembled a think‐tank of scientists, technologists, futurists, illustrators and science‐fiction authors to collectively develop this imaginary place, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains. The city forms a stage set for a collec...
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“The Power of 8” was an experimental futures project, collaboratively driven by an ad hoc team of eight people from different walks of life. The aim was to explore new pathways for creating democratic futures by building a public discourse around the aspirations of ordinary people. The team of eight comprised a Designer/Speculator, an Educator, an...

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