Karel Klein and David Ruy

Ruy Klein
Emerging Voices 2011

Recorded: March 23, 2011

The New York-based office of David Ruy and Karel Klein, Ruy Klein, examines contemporary design problems “at the intersection of architecture, nature, and technology.” In this excerpt from their lecture they discuss “Knot Garden,” a proposal for PS1 Queens, NY; and “Klex,” their ongoing experiments with developing ornamentation through digital modeling. The office describes its investigations within this context: “The devastating technological changes of the last century have marked unusual territories of material production where artificial and natural systems share vague, overlapping boundaries. As architecture grapples with new synthetic regimes, the uncertainties of contemporary material practices unexpectedly opens unexplored possibilities for aesthetic experience and a renegotiation of architecture’s meaning structures.” Ruy Klein’s work includes “Klex,” “Biaxial Bouquet,” and “Knot Garden,” a proposal for PS1. In 2009, Surface Magazine honored the office with the Avant Guardian Award. The office has been a finalist for both the Young Architects Program at MoMA/PS1 and for the Iakov Chernikov Prize.

Karel Klein received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Columbia. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at The Pratt Institute. David Ruy received his Bachelor of Art from St. John’s College, Annapolis and his Master of Architecture from Columbia. He is an Associate Professor at The Pratt Institute, where he also directs the Network for Emerging Architectural Research.