Public Lecture Series

Karl Chu

Karl Chu
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lecture Title:
Architecture in the Age of Planetary Computation: Toward a General Ontology of Architecture
KK 201, K.K. Leung Building, The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Karl Chu

About the Speaker:

Originally from Myanmar, Karl Chu is a professor of architecture at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. He taught at the GSAPP, Columbia University, where he founded the Institute for Genetic Architecture before moving to Pratt. While teaching at SCI Arc in the mid-nineties, he coined the term, genetic architecture based on computation, and is currently developing a theory of the general ontology of architecture founded on the Set-theoretic concept of the Absolute. He has taught, lectured and exhibited his work all over the world, and his book, Planetary Automata, will be out near the end of the year.

Lecture Synopsis:

Of the three parameters in the Universe that affect the construction of architecture, the history of architecture is predominantly determined by the architecture of matter and energy such that buildings can be understood as hardware composed of the dynamic exchange and constitution of the architecture of matter and energy. The advent of computation in the early part of the 20th century has ushered in a new paradigm of existence founded on the architecture of information, which is bringing into the foreground the architecture of software as the interactive generative system of the world. In less than eighty years since the inception of the so-called Universal Turing Machine, which serves as the conceptual blueprint for the modern theory of computation, the world is now endowed with a global matrix of communication and exchange system: the Internet. At this moment in time, the Internet is still in the first stage of its evolution and is affecting the very structure of world making founded on the Leibnizian notion of possible worlds. It is gradually leading to the formation of a new paradigm of existence. The lecture will discuss the emergence of a general ontology of architecture entailed by the paradigm of information, and its convergence with biogenetics, thereby leading to a new conception of architecture as the world now moves into the Age of Planetary Computation: the emergence of the Global Brain.

****All interested are welcome****