Future Cities Lab will be featured at the SKYY Vodka x WIRED Make. Every Day Future Proof. Launch Event on April 25, 2017 at The Pearl, in our Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of SKYY and WIRED, the event will feature designers, creators and makers from all over the Bay Area, each showcasing projects that accelerates toward the future. Future Cities Lab will be presenting Lightweave, our upcoming interactive public artwork in Washington D.C.'s NOMA district. Event attendees will be able to walk through Lightweave in virtual reality through an Oculus Rift, experiencing the artwork's interactive light and spatial effects.
Future Cities Lab is excited to announce that the Murmur Wall will be featured in Palo Alto’s Code: ART festival, June 1-3, 2017, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Palo Alto Public Art Commission. It will be on display in front of Palo Alto's city hall for four months, from June through September 2017. The Murmur Wall is an artificially intelligent, anticipatory architecture that reveals what the city is whispering, thinking, and feeling. Sharing local activity, trending topics, and whispers, the Murmur Wall will allow the people of the city to share and reflect on real-time activity. Code: ART’s goal is to reframe Palo Alto as a “laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking.” In order to engage and encourage interaction within the Palo Alto community, the festival will feature eight urban interventions that will activate the current downtown corridor. It should be an exciting event!
Murmur Wall is currently on display at Yerba Buena Center of the Arts until May 2017.
Future Cities Lab Co-Founder and Managing Design Partner Nataly Gattegno will be lecturing at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The lecture is a part of the Robert B. Church Lecture Series and will be on Monday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Art + Architecture Building’s McCarty Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Future Cities Lab Co-Founder and Design Partner Jason Kelly Johnson will be speaking at Machines of Loving Grace: A Symposium on AI, Architecture, and Virtual Worlds, hosted by Ozel Suprastudio as part of the IDEAS Lecture Series. The symposium will take place at the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design IDEAS Campus on Saturday, March 11th. Jason will be speaking about the work of Future Cities Lab and its exploration of “robotic ecologies”—places where biology and machine intelligence merge, evolve and co-create. He will discuss a few projects that visualize the future of how we live, work, communicate and play. The conference will focus on the emergence of artificial intelligence, robotics, automation and virtual reality and how it has transformed the way we design and experience spaces. The physical and the digital realities begin to blur and morph into one another, igniting an evolution of the human-machine society. The symposium will feature presenters of various fields engaging in this discussion of “the intersection of technology and the environments we occupy and socialize in.” It should be an incredibly interesting discussion!
3/7/2017 Update: Today the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to move forward with our San Jose Levitt Pavilion competition entry!! The San Jose Mercury News article is here. Phase 1 of the estimated $41 million dollar project will prioritize the Levitt Pavilion proposal designed by Future Cities Lab, and landscape design by CMG Landscape Architects including new amenities like a large playground, redesigned fountain, dog park and integrated picnic area. The design also moves the light rail station now in the park south of St. John Street and closes North Second Street to car traffic.
Future Cities Lab is proud to announce that we will be featured in Luminary on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Midway Gallery in San Francisco, California. Our projects will be presented alongside the works of five design professionals in “Building, the Future,” a photography exhibit by Britelite Immersive.
The event was recently featured in an article in Architect Magazine, which quotes Clark Suprynowicz, artistic director of Future Fires. He explains, "there’s an evolving capacity for surfaces, areas, environments to be responsive to the people in those [spaces]" and expresses excitement for “the way the barrier between 'audience' and 'art,' or 'observer' and 'participant' is becoming more porous."
Luminary is an art, music, and technology festival hosted by Future Fires, a platform that promotes artists of all kinds. The event will feature artists, musicians, designers, and architects from all over the world in part of this interdisciplinary collaboration. It is a celebration of the San Francisco art community and its ongoing evolution with the emergence of technology.
Future Cities Lab Co-Founder and Design Partner Jason Kelly Johnson will be speaking on Saturday, February 25th at the PRIMER conference, hosted by Speculative Futures at Gray Area / Grand Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco, California. Jason will be speaking about the work of Future Cities Lab and its exploration of “robotic ecologies” - places where biology and machine intelligence merge, evolve, and co-create. He will discuss a few projects, such as Hydramax, Hydraspan, and the Theater of Lost Species, that allow us to visualize the future of how we live, work, communicate, and play. PRIMER is a design conference focused on Speculative Design, which include many categories such as design fiction, critical design, and discursive design. The theme for this conference will be “Emergent Pathways,” focusing on the possibility of unlikely connections to a potential path that will provoke knowledge of the possible. We hope to see you there!
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Future Cities Lab Co-Founder and Managing Design Partner Nataly Gattegno will be speaking at the Realities and Realms colloquium at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on Friday, November 18th. The event, hosted by Bradley Cantrell and Justine Holzman the editors of the new book Responsive Landscapes will "engage select practitioners, theorists and academics for an afternoon to explore the future of responsive technologies to interpret and modify environment."
Future Cities Lab is proud to announce our collaboration with CMG Landscape Architecture as one of two finalist teams for the St. James Park Design Competition in San Jose, California. Our design for a Levitt Pavilion proposes an open sculptural structure with undulating shade canopy wings that is welcoming for leisurely use in the day that can also quickly transform into an extraordinary venue for outdoor music and performance. You can see our full proposal here (and if you are interested our competitors Melk Landscape Architects with Fernando Romero Architects proposal can be found here).
Future Cities Lab Co-Founder and Managing Design Partner Nataly Gattegno will be speaking at Variations on a Theme: Intergenerational Perspectives from League Prize Winners roundtable at the California College of the Arts on Friday, October 28th. The event will be a discussion with past Architectural League Prize winners from 1985-2016 will address key aspects of over 30 years of pedagogy, theory, and practice. The panel will include current CCA faculty, including one of this year's winners Neeraj Bhatia of The Open Workshop, along with Clark Thenhaus of Endemic, Brian Price of Price Studio, and Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott of IwamotoScott Architecture. Other Bay Area luminaries include Neyran Turan and Mete Sonmez of NEMESTUDIO, Jason Austin of Austin+Mergold, John Randolph of Randolph Designs, Bruce Tomb, and Peter Pfau of Pfau Long Architecture. It should be a great time with great discussions, we hope to see you there!
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!
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