The Long Now is a combination of two experiences: one physical and one digital. The space includes embedded heating and full spectrum lighting that creates an environment tuned for human wellbeing. Through augmented reality, 120 years of local climate data is reimagined as a digital form under the existing tree canopy. Shifting light particles above represent potential changes in solar radiation and the Earth’s atmosphere, while speculative plant life materializes in the grass. The Long Now is an exploration of a world always being designed and negotiated, where concepts of environment and body are moments within a larger arch of time.

Materials - Concrete and steel perimeter, resin lenses, full spectrum lighting, subsurface heating cables, grass, augmented reality overlays

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Sean Lally, associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Matthew Wizinsky, assistant professor in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, bring complementary insights from their different disciplines —landscape architecture and interaction design—to create work that bridges disciplinary boundaries.

My work is a synthesis of two intense pressures on society today: humanity’s manipulation of the en­vironment and the bio engineering of the human body. The first is changing the makeup of the physical spaces we occupy and the second, the very body that perceives that space. – Sean Lally

Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church is considered the first modernist building in Columbus, not to mention an early example of a modern church in the United States. The sanctuary and tower arrangement are bold reinterpretations of Renaissance church forms with a highly improvisational modernism, one that combines rational grids and asymmetrical motifs, notably inspired by the Jerusalem cross. Interior elements were designed by his son Eero, wife Loja, and Charles Eames.