“Mark Smout and Laura Allen are Senior Lecturers at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Our work takes two routes, architectural competitions, where the particular rigour of the competition brief, site and program provide the basis for new investigations and, conceptual design projects which test out the agenda and methodology of the design research practice. We focus on the dynamic relationship between the natural and the man made and how this can be revealed to enhance the experience of the architectural landscape”
Artist Penelope Kenny is creating her own taxonomy of animals for an imagined future.
About her work:
Her work explores the relationship between humans and other animals, especially in connection to transhumanism, evolution, hybrids and biotechnology. Through her hybrid creatures she investigates the potential outcomes of humans trying to control evolution through genetic manipulation and scientific tampering with the species boundaries.
We were promised jetpacks seahorse riding. At least according to these illustrations of the 21st century done by artists at the turn of the 20th century.
France in the Year 2000 (XXI century) – a series of futuristic pictures by Jean-Marc Côté and other artists issued in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Originally in the form of paper cards enclosed in cigarette/cigar boxes and, later, as postcards, the images depicted the world as it was imagined to be like in the year 2000. There are at least 87 cards known that were authored by various French artists, the first series being produced for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.
A collage of science fiction architectural structures, in between Piranesi and Palle Nielsen, this work culminates with the etching Very Superior Old Persons 1969, a fantasy house building, whose idyllic bourgeois interiors contrast to exterior views of tumulous street riots. (From Jan Torsten Ahlstrand swedish introduction).”