Pratt Institute, NY
Karl Chu’s architectural practice at the cutting edge of the creation and implementation of new concepts for architecture and design based on the genetic paradigm.
The studio deploys computation as a generative engine to arrive at the construction of possible worlds of architecture that are imaginative, surreal and enigmatic.
As such, architecture is conceived as a generic construct situated within the emerging concept of the global brain: sublimation of collective intelligence through architectural form. In addition to solving architectural problems, the primary focus of the studio is directed toward the architecture of the Real: a phenomenology of affects invoked through artistic modulation of the underlying logic of form - both in terms of its intrinsic and extrinsic properties and relations.
Karl Chu first conceived the contemporary notion of genetic architecture - a far reaching idea that transcends its biological origins. Genetics is thought of as an extension of the philosophical concept of genesis channeled through the medium of computation: deployment of logical systems for the propagation and mutation of hereditary information involved in the architectural design process.