Liam Young

Sci Arc

Portrait photo: Liam Young

Liam Young is an Australian born architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. He is founder of the think tank Tomorrows Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, speculative and imaginary urbanisms. Building his design fictions from the realities of present Young also co-runs the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic research studio that deploys expeditions to document emerging trends and uncover the weak signals of possible futures. He now runs an MA in Fiction and Entertainment at SciArc. Liam manages his time between exploring distant landscapes and visualising the fictional worlds he extrapolates from them.

Liam brings us to question, why do humans need to be the only major perspective by which to design a city? How can we consider other viewpoints and perspectives - of both animals and machines? And how does that change our role?

If we start to shift, readdress, and reimagine our role within cities, there are radical implications on what the forms of those cities are.

“What does it mean to start to redesign that city in a way that lets raccoons in as opposed to tries to push them out?”