University of Calgary

Subtractive suburban housing

UToday HomeJanuary 27, 2012

By Jessica Wallace

EVDS assistant professor Joshua Taron’s winning submission examined subtractive design techniques in typical suburban housing as a way of making them more culturally specific and sustainable. Photo by Joshua TaronEVDS assistant professor Joshua Taron’s winning submission examined subtractive design techniques in typical suburban housing as a way of making them more culturally specific and sustainable. Photo by Joshua TaronEnvironmental Design (EVDS) assistant professor, Joshua Taron, was awarded both the Alberta regional and the People’s Choice award in Migrating Landscapes; a national architecture competition.

The competition invites young Canadian architects and designers to reflect on their migration experiences and cultural memories and to design dwellings onto a new landscape. Migrating Landscapes examines how Canadians express their diverse cultural memories and the settling, and unsettling, dynamic of migration in contemporary settlements and/or dwellings.

Taron, the principal of Synthetiques, an internationally awarded research, design and build outfit, submitted a design that examined subtractive design techniques in typical suburban housing as a way of making them more culturally specific and sustainable.

Taron co-directs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID) a research outfit through the environmental design faculty that explores integrative trajectories and areas of overlap that have emerged through computation between design, its allied disciplines of engineering and construction, and other fields, such as computer science, material science, mathematics and biology.

Migrating Landscapes promotes and exposes the up-and-coming generation of Canadian architects and designers to the Canadian public before showcasing them on the international stage. The competition is the main process in creating Canada’s official entry to the 2012 Venice Biennale in Architecture held every two years in Venice, Italy which showcases the academic side of architecture.

Taron’s work is part of a Migrating Landscapes exhibition that’s travelling across the country. If his design wins the next, national stage of the competition, he will be part of the team that will represent Canada at the 13th Venice Biennale in Architecture in late summer/fall of 2012.