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Genetic Architecture
George Dvorsky   Jan 25, 2011   Sentient Developments  

Genetic architecture is an exciting, promising, and highly conceptual field that suggests we can bridge the gap between biology, artificial intelligence, and architecture.

The end of result would see not just the integration of living and inert matter, but the radical transformation of the entire planet itself.

Seoul Commune 2026: Reconfiguring Towers in the Park, by the Korean office for architecture Mass Studies. Source.

Karl Chu, a leading figure in this area, calls it the “architecture of possible worlds.” And he isn’t thinking small.

Chu acknowledges that a future in which genetic architecture exists will be one in which humanity has gone through a number of paradigm shifts. He envisions a future in which humans have migrated to post-humanity and exist as “multiple beings” who take part in the emergent collective that is the “global brain.” Because Chu considers architecture as an extension of the human and post-human being, he sees great potential for architecture to radically evolve along with its inhabitants and designers. The possibilities are staggering.

Genetic architecture can incorporate creative surroundings. Source.

As part of this vision, Chu and other genetic architects imagine buildings and other objects of our design as being transformed into living entities (if not beings) endowed with certain levels of intelligence and capacities. It will twist our notions of what we have traditionally considered to be lifeless objects, as much of our environment will become endowed with life and even intelligence.

Future “genetic buildings” could, for example, be self-assessing, self-healing and self-modifying, thus minimizing their need to be repaired or maintained by external sources. They will morph, process, and react. These buildings could even meet the needs of its inhabitants by sensing the moods or health of its occupants and act accordingly. Needless to say, the potential for sustainability is substantial.

Concept research: New skin living material. Source.

Chu also notes that genetic architects are not trying to imitate or copy biology. Rather, they are looking to significantly expand the space of possible intentional design through the integration of artificial intelligence and biological processes. He looks at our planet as eventually becoming a massive computing system-a very literal take on the concept of the global brain. The role of architecture is to facilitate and conceptualize this transformation.

The end result could potentially see the Earth as a massive computational and “self-aware” system in which all its components, inhabitants and systems are endowed with intelligence.

Finally, check out this video of Karl Chu giving a talk at TEDxBrooklyn:

George P. Dvorsky serves as Chair of the IEET Board of Directors and also heads our Rights of Non-Human Persons program. He is a Canadian futurist, science writer, and bioethicist. He is a contributing editor at io9 — where he writes about science, culture, and futurism — and producer of the Sentient Developments blog and podcast. He served for two terms at Humanity+ (formerly the World Transhumanist Association). George produces Sentient Developments blog and podcast.


This is complete bullshit. 
The guy talks fast because he is afraid if he slows down people understand the nonsense that he speaks.

the Nazis believe this, and they made lampshades using human skin.  This is genetic architecture, and this is where this type of thinking leads.  Man is but a piece of tissue, with no more rights than a house covered in some sort of skin. 

Beware of what you enter into.  “If there is no God, then all things are possible”

This to me is a view into madness. New Jerusalem?? I do hope I am long gone before this ever takes hold or God stops it all in its tracks before it alters our humanity so profoundly and irreversibly. I understand what Pope John Paul was referring to when he spoke of philosophy without God being unintelligible.
He said, “Consequently, when the sense of God is lost, the sense of man is also threatened and poisoned….Without the Creator the creature would disappear ...  when God is forgotten the creature itself grows unintelligible”. Man is no longer able to see himself as ‘mysteriously different’ from other earthly creatures; he regards himself merely as one more living being, as an organism which, at most, has reached a very high stage of perfection. Enclosed in the narrow horizon of his physical nature, he is somehow reduced to being ‘a thing’, and no longer grasps the ‘transcendent’ character of his ‘existence as man’. He no longer considers life as a splendid gift of God, something ‘sacred’ entrusted to his responsibility and thus also to his loving care and ‘veneration’. Life itself becomes a mere ‘thing’, which man claims as his exclusive property, completely subject to his control and manipulation.
[ Evangelium Vitae (On the Value and Invilobility of Human Life) Pope John Paul II #22]

Thank you Mike, I couldn’t have said it better.

Mike, right on target.

Good comments too Laurie.

So, “anything” can be made “human.”  “Thinking” won’t even be needed, so you won’t have to worry about anyone posting opposing views on your blog.  We will all be robots.

The earth already is a “massive computational and ‘self-aware’ system in which all its components, inhabitants and systems are endowed with intelligence,” except for a few clever but basically unintelligent scientists such as these.

Comment #2: You seem to be suggesting that only people who agree with you are thinking people. Of course threats are ridiculous and should not be published.

Some very good “thinking” websites:  MercatorNet,

We explored similar concepts in university specifically involving interactive architecture, incorporating bio-structures and impacts on design. There are some really interesting ideas involving the merger between organic systems and human living spaces which i think would directly affect the way we see ourselves, our societies and the natural world. Such dramatic shifts in our perspectives, which are likely to occur as this century unfolds, should see a similar change reflected in where we live and how. I for one would be delighted to see such developments in my lifetime, a future which opens ever more possibilities and enables ever greater innovation, augmentation and improvement. Shame about the fundamentalist hijacking but the net seems to be crawling with them these days.

i agree with Takahana. There’s no need for all these closed minded racist comments. when an argument gets compared to Hitler in WWII it no longer has any grounds. its a fallacy, you’ve strayed so far from the topic at hand that what ever it is you have to say can no longer be considered relevant. Because its not.

I like the idea, it would be nice to have some organic architecture instead of all these cement buildings.



Kudos to Takahana and Nickel for their comments.  It is difficult to add to their comments.  it seems like some people believe you can use profanity to refute an idea.

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