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.
“Material energies are what I’m calling energy when it’s seen as a building material, much like steel and glass before. Both steel and glass didn’t reproduce architectural spaces and forms like we had before, those materials in the hands of architects gave us new typologies, aesthetics and spatial organizations. Energy, for a number of reasons, should be approached much the same.”
"I think architects that believe reducing building energy needs as our greatest technological or moral contribution are stuck in an out-dated model of the discipline. It’s like worrying about the air bubble in a glass of water when it’s the chemical composition of the water that is the greatest variable in play.”
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.
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.
Painter Jackie Tileston explores both the self and creativity as never-ending processes of transformation. Her abstract work portrays the malleable nature of identity, illustrating how human perception is constantly twisted and redefined with each new idea, interaction, and experience that it encounters. Every element upon the canvas is in motion. Things come into being, they declare themselves, deceive, seduce, enlighten, and then dissolve. Atmospheric and figural worlds collide as soft nebulae of color drift, fall, and collapse into phantom geometries, before disappearing into luminous, iridescent dusts.