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 WINS NATIONAL PUBLIC ARTS AWARD
San Francisco’s Murmur Wall Wins Best Public Art Award
BOSTON, MA, July 22, 2016—Murmur Wall, an innovative public sculpture by Future Cities Lab, was honored as one of the top public art projects of the past year by the Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The organization honored 38 outstanding public arts projects created in 2015 chosen from 260 entries across the country. The selection committee commended the artwork for the inventive ways it engages its urban site through dynamic place-making and its innovative integration of technology.
Murmur Wall is a sixty-foot long multi-media artwork located at the entry plaza to the Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco, California. The data-driven outdoor public installation, commissioned by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission and The Burkhart Foundation, draws in visitors from bustling Mission Street with its dynamic shape and ever-changing illumination. By harvesting local online activity—via search engines and social media—Murmur Wall transforms data into real-time streams of light and text. Murmur Wall straddles the line between digital art and architecture by harvesting what the neighborhood is searching for to activate public spaces around the artwork. Designed and constructed using cutting-edge software and experimental digital fabrication techniques, the artwork is also partially constructed using large, custom 3d printed elements.
Jason Kelly Johnson, co-founder of Future Cities Lab commented: “It is exciting for us to have Murmur Wall installed in the heart of San Francisco. We visit the site regularly to study people’s reactions and to observe how it is being used throughout the day and night. The project is really just an experiment.” Johnson’s partner and co-founder Nataly Gattegno commented: “We are fortunate to have the support of institutions like the YBCA with the vision to commission work by emerging designers.”
Murmur Wall is the second project by Future Cities Lab to be constructed in the vicinity of the Yerba Buena Gardens. An adjacent large-scale public artwork called Lightswarm is suspended just inside the facade of the YBCA. The artwork translates sounds from inside and outside the arts center into animated auroras of light, day and night.
“These Public Art Network Year in Review selections illustrate that public art has the power to enhance our lives on a scale that little else can. Whether subtly beautiful or vibrantly jolting, a public artwork has the singular ability to make citizens going about everyday business stop, think, and through the power of art appreciate a moment, no matter how brief,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “I congratulate the artists and commissioning groups for these community treasures.”
The Public Art Network (PAN), a program of the nonprofit Americans for the Arts, is designed to provide services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art. The network’s constituents are public art professionals, visual artists, design professionals, and communities and organizations planning public art projects and programs. @Americans4Arts
Future Cities Lab is an experimental art and design studio, workshop and urban think tank operating globally out of San Francisco, California. Since 2005, founding principals Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno have collaborated on a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of art and design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space. Johnson and Gattegno are Associate Professors at the CCA in San Francisco. @futurecitieslab #murmurwall
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.