The University of Kentucky College of Design, in coordination with Land of Tomorrow (LOT) and the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design, hosted architect Josh Taron, known for his work melding biological concepts with design through computer technology. During his stay, Taron held a five-day workshop "Particle Protocols," gave a public lecture and exhibited "Accumulations" with Joelle Schultz, which featured student work from UK/CoD created during the workshop.
Taron is an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Calgary where he investigates biological computation and computational design. He is co-director of the Laboratory for Interactive Design where he is able to meld research in the fields of computer science, bioinformatics, medicine and architecture. Taron is also principle of Synthetiques, a design studio with an emphasis in hybrid ecologies.
"Particle Protocols" workshop began with tutorials on applying methods of interface and exchange between different particle-based software (Processing and Maya). During the workshop, students from UK College of Design were provided with a series of parametric definitions that explored both static and dynamic neighborhood conditions in agent-based environments. Student teams produced short projects including fabrication-ready files using these techniques. Students participated in the final fabrication of the "Phlebotomic Formations" gallery installation at the Land of Tomorrow.
Taron's work, "Phlebotomic Formations," is an installation, designed to cover the interior with an undulating surface. The work was an architectural interpretation of methods for bloodletting using biocomputational science as its means. The material fabrication of a bloodletting process translates the act of wounding into a symbol of reproduction. The full-scaled installation was completed during the workshop with students from the College of Design.