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Workshop “The Building of an Imaginary City”

Workshop Futuro Perfeito © Susana Gaudêncio

Between 29 July and 9 August, at Sinel de Cordes Palace, Close Closer‘s curator Liam Young, is leading a workshop to finalize the 40m² hyper-real scale model that constitutes one of the key elements of Future Perfect. This immersive exhibition will recreate tomorrow’s city, departing from research currently in progress, in areas such as biosciences, robotics, multimedia and 3D design. Formed by areas or “districts”, the exhibition will offer an intense sensory experience of the future urban habitat, which the visitor is welcome to walk through and explore.

The model was built following Under Tomorrow’s Sky, a think tank held at MU Foundation, Eindhoven in 2012, by Liam Young and the architects from Tomorrows Thoughts Today laying the groundwork for Future Perfect. As part of Close, Closer, the 3rd edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Future Perfect brings together an ensemble of mad scientists, design mavericks, literary astronauts, speculative gamers, visionaries and luminaries to collectively develop the props, spaces, machines, cultures and narratives of a future city, an imaginary urbanism, the landscapes that surround it and the stories it contains.

UNDER TOMORROW’S SKY from stichting MU on Vimeo.

The model will be formed from extraordinarily intricate 3D printed and resin cast buildings, lighting systems, fibre optics, detailed painting and graffiti. It will be a hyper real cityscape that extends traditional architectural models into a world of fiction and popular culture. Miniature model making of this form has a long tradition in science fiction filmmaking. This workshop is an opportunity to learn these techniques from experts in the field and to be part of Triennale’s creative team. Workshop participants earn 8 credits from the Portuguese Architects Guild.

Under Tomorrows Sky movie miniature model installed in MU, Eindhoven.  Image by Boudewijn Bollmann

Under Tomorrows Sky movie miniature model installed in MU, Eindhoven. Image by Boudewijn Bollmann

Special price for early bird until 14 July
– 10€ discount

/// Enrol until 21 July
– Complete workshop (2 weeks): 175€
– Only the first week: 100€
– 20% discount for Triennale Friends

More info: edu@trienaldelisboa

Liam Young is an architect who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures. Founder of the Tomorrows Thoughts Today think tank, a group whose work explores the possibilities of fantastic, perverse and imaginary urbanisms, he also runs the Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic workshop that holds annual expeditions to the ends of the Earth to investigate unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. Liam’s projects develop fictional speculations as critical instruments to survey the consequences of emerging environmental and technological futures.

/// Header image: Workshop Futuro Perfeito © Susana Gaudêncio

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