“My identity will not ever be able to be defined in any kind of pure or singular way—culturally, spiritually—that’s just not available to me, it’s not an option."
“Cultures come together, interact, fuse, feed off each other, and form new hybrids.”
As the principal of Weathers, an experimental design office focused on discovering and implementing the architecture and landscapes of the future, Sean Lally uses speculation as a mechanism to enhance creative vision. Lally builds upon the foundation that invention requires an active imagination. In order to conceive new ways of building, new materials, and new architectural techniques, he investigates methods considered set and questions considered answered, to re-configure architecture’s current reality and re-imagine its future trajectories.
Visual artist Carson Lynn is fascinated by the concept of the uncanny: a space where the familiar becomes strange, and the strange becomes familiar. With his 2016 photographic series, Obsessive Becoming, Lynn examines the intended future of virtual and augmented reality—to seamlessly merge the virtual with true experience. His work speculates on a moment when photorealistic 3D and 4D graphics will come into alignment with reality: a juncture that he refers to as the Uncanny Valley.
Future Cities Lab is an interdisciplinary studio that investigates the edges of architectural and technological possibilities through projects that combine tactics from the fields of interactive design, robotics, biology, material sciences, and advanced fabrication. The practice utilizes a loose collaborative framework; with each new creation Future Cities Lab assembles a unique mash-up of designers, architects, technologists, digital craftspeople, and urban ecologists. By grafting parameters from diverse fields, hybridizing knowledge, and splicing in new technologies and techniques, the lab expands its dimensions for creativity.