Liam Young is a speculative architect, production designer and director who operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures.

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Liam Young is cofounder of Tomorrows Thoughts Today, an urban futures think tank exploring the local and global implications of new technologies. He is also cofounder of Unknown Fields, a nomadic research studio that travels on expeditions to chronicle emerging conditions as they occur on the ground.

Described by the BBC as "the man designing our futures," Young's visionary films and speculative worlds are both extraordinary images of tomorrow and urgent examinations of the environmental questions facing us today. As a worldbuilder, he visualizes the cities, spaces and props of our imaginary futures for the film and television industry. He is a BAFTA-nominated producer and has premiered with platforms such as the BBC, Channel 4, SXSW, Tribeca, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Royal Academy, Venice Biennale and the Guardian.

Young's work has been collected internationally and acclaimed in both mainstream and design media. He has held guest professorships at Princeton University, MIT and Cambridge, and he now runs the groundbreaking master's in fiction and entertainment degree program at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles. He has published several books, including Machine Landscapes: Architectures of the Post Anthropocene and Planet City, a story about a fictional city for the entire population of Earth.

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Live from TEDMonterey

The path forward: Notes from Session 1 of TEDMonterey

August 2, 2021

It’s time for TED! After the world was rocked by the worst health crisis in a century, we gather for TEDMonterey with a bold theme in mind: the case for optimism. It’s grounded in the stubborn belief that green shoots of hope and progress are sprouting throughout the world, if you just know where to […]

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