Future Practice launches: Helsinki, Amsterdam, New York

A quick post, following this far more extensive piece on the book, to announce a couple of upcoming launches. I’m really excited.

The ‘Paviljonki’, temporary pavilion designed by students of Aalto University, as part of the 2012 World Design Capital programme in Helsinki.


First up, this coming Tuesday the 11th, I’ll be launching the book in Helsinki with the help of Dan Hill, who contributed the terrific foreword, Bryan Boyer, who is interviewed in the book on his work with Sitra’s Helsinki Design Lab, and Jenna Sutela of the excellent OK Do, who will moderate.

When: Tuesday the 11th of September, 12.00 midday
Where: At the Paviljonki, Ullanlinnankatu 2-4, map
Who: Dan Hill, Bryan Boyer, Jenna Sutela & myself.
More: Facebook event page

I’m also on a panel that evening at Artek to discuss the Archizines exhibit (in which Volume is featured), with curator Elias Redstone, architect Anni Vartola and Bryan and Jenna again.


Next up, this Friday the 14th of Sept, I’m a part of a combined book launch presented by Volume and Mediamatic. ‘New Futures Adrift’ — a hybrid title, drawing one word from each of the books — will launch Volume’s latest issue ‘Centers Adrift’, the catalogue of Mediamatic’s New Order exhibition which I curated with Katja Novitskova, and Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture.

I’m thrilled to announce a killer panel to help us kick things off, featuring: Reinier de Graaf (Director of AMO), Arjen Oosterman (Editor in chief of Volume), Sandra Kaji-O’Grady (Professor of Architecture, University of Sydney) and Wouter Vanstiphout (Professor of Design and Politics, TU Delft)

Here’s the concept text:

To get a handle on what’s next, we need to look beyond. Beyond our neighbourhood, beyond our friends, beyond our jobs, beyond our comfort zones. This is where the future lies, amongst the drifting flotsam of unconfirmed hunches, unpopular territories and unfashionable trends.

When: Friday, 14th of September, 5pm for 6
Where: Mediamatic, Vijzelstraat 72, Amsterdam, map
Who: Arjen Oosterman, Reinier de Graaf, Wouter Vanstiphout, Sandra Kaji-O’Grady and myself.
More: Facebook event, Mediamatic page, Volume page.

New York

Finally, I’m planning a launch in New York on Tuesday the 25th of September, at Columbia’s Studio X, Varick Street. Hosted by Geoff Manaugh (BLDG BLOG) and Nicola Twilley (Edible Geography), who recently hosted a discussion with Bryan Boyer, Martti Kalliala, Jenna Sutela and myself on a similar topic – here’s the video.

More details to follow, save the date!

Also, Melbourne and Sydney launches are in the pipelines for mid-October…

Posted: September 9th, 2012
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