Jason Kelly Johnson

Co-Founder and Design Partner, Future Cities Lab [ future-cities-lab.net ]

TALK

Robotic Ecologies


The work of Future Cities Lab forecasts a coming world in which intelligent machines become key building blocks of the next city. The lab is at the forefront of exploring how advanced technologies, robotics, social media and the internet of things will profoundly transform how we live, work, communicate and play in the future. As a part of the lab’s core research they interrogate and dissect the cities we live in now, and then re-imagine and recast them into radical new and innovative forms. During Jason Kelly Johnson’s talk, he will discuss the current work of the lab and situate it within larger cultural, social and ecological trends.

BIO

Jason Kelly Johnson is a founding design partner of Future Cities Lab, an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California. Working in collaboration with his partner Nataly Gattegno, Jason has produced a range of award-winning projects exploring the intersections of design with advanced fabrication technologies, robotics, responsive building systems and public space.

Future Cities Lab is at the forefront of exploring how advanced technologies, social media and the internet of things will profoundly affect how we live, work, communicate and play in the future. Their approach to design and making, which has been described as “high performance craft”, is also deeply experiential, interactive and materially rich. Future Cities Lab is an interdisciplinary studio employing an adventurous team of designers, architects, technologists, digital craftspeople, urban ecologists and more. Jason is also a tenured Associate Professor at the CCA in San Francisco and co-directs the Digital Craft Lab.