Future Cities Lab Co-Founder and Design Partner Jason Kelly Johnson will be giving a talk on Friday, October 28th at the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) 2016 conference, being hosted this year at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He will be presenting our project Murmur Wall, and also giving an introduction to the keynote speaker Elizabeth Diller, a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro and this year's recipient of ACADIA's Lifetime Achievement Award, later that evening. ACADIA is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals that facilitates critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education. ACADIA 2016's theme is POSTHUMAN FRONTIERS: DATA, DESIGNERS AND COGNITIVE MACHINES, fostering design work and research from the worlds of practice and academia that lie at the intersection between procedural design, designed environments and autonomous machines. Jason is also president of ACADIA this year.
Future Cities Lab Co-Founder and Managing Design Partner Nataly Gattegno will be speaking at the Meeting of the Minds 2016 summit on Wednesday, October 26th in Richmond, California. She will be discussing Future Cities Lab's work in lighting up rail underpasses, connecting neighborhoods and challenging the notion and definitions of parks and engaging public spaces. Specifically, what can be learned from this approach as we think about rebuilding and revitalizing urban spaces of all kinds? Meeting of the Minds, now in its 10th year, is an annual summit that brings together hundreds of opinion-shapers, policy-makers, leading thinkers and innovators from all over the world for 2+ days of intensive immersion in thought leadership and cross-sector development. It should be a great time!
Future Cities Lab is proud to announce our collaboration with CMG Landscape Architecture, Page & Turnbull and Arup as one of four finalist teams in the St. James Park Design Competition in San Jose, California. Our design for a Levitt Pavilion proposes an open, ribbon-like structure that is welcoming for leisurely use in the day that can also quickly transform into an extraordinary venue for outdoor music and performance; an iconic sculptural structure with undulating shade canopy wings. You can see our full proposal here.
Final presentations will be held this Saturday, October 15th, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM, at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose. You can view all of the designs here. And if you feel our proposal should move forward please vote for our project here and here. Thank you for your support!
In recent years the South by Southwest Conference and Festival (SXSW) has become one of the largest and best known gathering of the arts, entertainment and technology in the world, and the SXSW Eco conference, which focuses on sustainability policy and ideas, has selected our project Lightswarm as a nominee for the Place By Design award. From their website:
Future Cities Lab will pitch Lightswarm on October 10-12 to the jury in Austin, TX. We are excited to bring this project to such an amazing audience and venue and look forward to participating in the conference and proceedings.
Future Cities Lab is excited to announce a new collaborative agreement with the Dutch lighting and technology firm Maramoja Projects. This cooperation will help FCL to implement advanced projects in both Holland, Europe and also internationally. Maramoja was founded by Amsterdam-based technologist Herman ter Hennepe. He has collaborated with a number of internationally renowned artists, architects and art institutes including the Guggenheim Museum New York, Pinault Foundation and more recently with Studio Daan Roosegaarde, NIO Architects and Thurlow-Small Architects on a number of urban interactive projects.
Beginning this summer, Future Cities Lab and Maramoja will collaborate on their finalist proposal for large urban installation in Assen, NL (located in northern Holland).
"Maramoja Projects is the expert in the area of led-project integration. Whether the starting point of a new project is a simple sketch or a detailed 3D file, Maramoja Projectsconstructively participates in the whole project and thinks of every detail. In over 15 years, Maramoja Projects has realized a large number of led installations. Each project was different; however, each project had one constant factor: the level of difficulty. But let’s face it, if it were easy, anyone could do it. Delivery on time and on budget are just as important for Maramoja Projects as the state-of-the-art engineering. From artist impression to construction, Maramoja Projects stands for finding solutions and constructive improvisation. As unique projects do indeed require a unique approach."
Jason Kelly Johnson, co-founder and design principal of Future Cities Lab, and Andrew Payne, founder of LIFT Architects, whom was unable to attend, won the Community Contribution Award at Robots in Architecture 2016 in Sydney, Australia for their work on Firefly.
Nataly Gattegno is the keynote speaker at the National Conference on the Beginning Student Design 2016 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on Saturday, February 27, 2016. She will be discussing recent work from Future Cities Lab.
Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno penned the foreword to a new book titled, "Responsive Landscapes: Strategies for Responsive Technologies in Landscape Architecture", edited by Bradley Cantrell and Justine Holzman.
Included are essays and projects from: Höweler + Yoon, Studio Roosegaarde, Obscura Digital, The Living, Nicholas de Monchaux, dO|Su Studio Architecture, Synthetic Urban Ecologies Studio, Philip Beesley, ecoLogic Studio, and many more.
Title: Responsive Landscapes: Strategies for Responsive Technologies in Landscape Architecture
Editors: Bradley Cantrell and Justine Holzman
Size: 7.5" x 9.5"
Publication Date: December, 2015
Amazon Link: amazon.com/Responsive-Landscapes-Strategies-Technologies-Architecture/dp/1138796654
Jason will be speaking at Wired City 2015 for Wired Japan at the Roppongi Academy Hills in Tokyo, Japan on October 15, 2015. Focusing on the year 2020 and beyond the conference will gather prominent speakers from around the world to discuss how technology and the internet can empower individuals to create a better Tokyo and a better society.
Nataly will be speaking at INSTINT: A gathering focused on the Art of Interactivity for objects, environments & experiences at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis. An amazing group of speakers and participants is shaping up. Looking forward to it!
September 30 - October 2, 2015
Future Cities Lab is excited to announce that our Lightweave project has been chosen for the Washington DC NOMA Underpass Design Competition. Our proposal was chosen from 248 anonymous entries in a two-stage international competition. The site for the project is two blocks north of Washington's Union Station and two blocks east of the NPR headquarters. The project is scheduled to be installed in late Spring 2015.
Read the NOMA Parks announcement here and Curbed article here.
Opening Party for Lightswarm and Murmur Wall at YBCA May 21, 2015.Read More
Jason's essay, "Creative Architecture Machines" is featured in a recent book titled, "Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency" edited by David Gerber and Mariana Ibanez.
Included are essays and projects, from; Alisa Andrasek, Rachel Armstrong, Philip Beesley, Tom Bessai, Shajay Bhooshan, Brad Cantrel, Matias Del Campo, Pablo Eiroa, Marc Fornes, David Jason Gerber, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Alvin Huang, Jason Kelly Johnson, Simon Kim, Neil Leach, Greg Lynn, Elena and Anna Maria Manferdini, Alex McDowell, Phillippe Morel, Nick Puckett, Casey Reas, Alex Robinson, Jenny Sabin, Jose Sanchez, Patrik Schumacher, Kyle Steinfeld, Satoru Sugihara, Orkan Telhan, Kathy Velikov and Geoffrey Thun, Tom Verebes, Leire Asensio Villoria and David Mah, Jenny Wu, Eric Howeler and Meejin Yoon, and Zaha Hadid Architects.
Title: Paradigms in Computing: Making, Machines, and Models for Design Agency in Architecture
Editors: Dr. David Jason Gerber, Mariana Ibañez
Size: 7″ x 9.5″
Publication date: October 2014
Jason Kelly Johnson is a keynote lecturer at the AA DRL in London on January 23rd 2015 and is also joining the DRL Final Juries. He will be lecturing on 'A City of Intelligent Machines'. "The work of Jason Kelly Johnson forecasts an emerging world in which ecologies of intelligent machines will play not only a technical role, but also a creative and collaborative role in the evolution of our urban environments."
The Glaciarium Project is on view at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, as part of Blueprint, an exhibition curated by Sebastiaan Bremer and Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu of SO – IL. Blueprint is an exhibition that asks individuals from the world of art and architecture to embark on a trip of self-reflection to identify a place of origination for their work in the literal and metaphorical form of a blueprint.
Jason Kelly Johnson will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Internet of Things SUMMIT in San Francisco on Nov 7, 2014. He will be joined by innovation leaders from companies including August, 3d Robotics, Google [x], GE, Jawbone, Carnegie Mellon and many more.
We are super excited to announce that we have been awarded the commission for a second public art project at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco (YBCA). Our project MURMUR WALL was selected in a juried process led by Betti-Sue Hertz (Director of Visual Arts). The project will be installed in the YBCA outdoor plaza for 2 years beginning in early 2015.
"Murmur Wall will provide a place in the city for the data voyeur. Words harvested from trending search engine results will momentarily be displayed on the wall inviting visitors to view, contemplate, discuss, and debate. Constructed out of a complex weave of steel, illuminated fiber optic rods, and digital displays, the Murmur Wall will create a playful interface for the city to reflect and indulge on the anxieties and desires of its occupants."
Check back for more details soon!
Creative Architecture Machines Fall 2014 Colloquium
Hosted by the CCA Digital Craft Lab / CCA Architecture
Organized by Jason Kelly Johnson (CCA & Future Cities Lab)
Monday Nov 3, 5:30-9pm Timken Lecture Hall
CCA San Francisco, 1111 8th Street
Fedor Novikov & Petr Novikov, Labori Construction Robotics
Joshua Zabel, Kreysler & Associates
Virginia San Fratello & Ron Rael, Emerging Objects & UC Berkeley
Andrew Atwood, Atwood-a & UC Berkeley
Brandon Kruysman & Jonathan Proto, CCA & Bot n’Dolly (formerly Sci-Arc Robot House)
Jason Kelly Johnson, CCA & Future Cities Lab
Since the late 1990’s architects have typically used commercial CAD software to feed CAM programs to feed CNC machines. These “computer-aided” processes and “numerically-controlled” machines are most often used to increase efficiency and make the design, prototyping and fabrication processes more routine, faster and cheaper. In architecture and design schools around the world students are increasingly being taught to use standard suites of software and industrial hardware technologies such as laser cutters, robotic mills and 3d printers as ways to precisely model the formal and geometric aspects of their designs. Yet these fabrication technologies are rarely interrogated or explored in a critical or creative fashion. Why is it that architects are generally taught to be mere users of technology rather than hackers and innovators? Why are the core creative tools of our profession designed by systems engineers? What creative potential exists at the heart of these machines, where bits intermix with atoms, where digital code meets material logic?
The Creative Architecture Machines Colloquium will bring together a small group of radical innovators, each making unique contributions to the field of architecture and design. Through presentations and a round-table discussion focused on experimental and speculative fabrication machines and processes, we will endeavor to contribute to a wider debate within architecture