Azure magazine Terreform ONE

Lorraine Johnson, "Comfort Food Terreform ONE's modular cricket farm is snug as a bug," Azure, p.122 v.249 Jul/Aug.


Terreform ONE's Mushroom Chair in Dwell

Heather Corcoran, "Mushrooms: Building Blocks of the Future?" Terreform ONE Mycoform Chair, Dwell, Jul/Aug. p.48


LifeObject: Merging Biology & Architecture

Yasha J. Grobman et. al. LifeObject: Merging Biology & Architecture, "The Evolution of Biological Dimensions in Israeli Architecture," Fab Tree Hab, Sternthal Books


Technoetic Arts: Ten archetypes of nature in design

Ten archetypes of nature in design
Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, Vol. 14 Issue 1-2, June 2016.
Author:  Mitchell Joachim 
Abstract: What we mean when we use the word ‘nature’ critically affects design culture. Since nature has many different interpretations, the following lexicon is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of the word’s etymology or usage by designers. Instead, I offer ten archetypical perspectives of nature that can help designers and non-designers alike clarify the different, sometimes overlapping, sometimes conflicting ways in which we understand the fundamental relationships between humans and our environment.


ICFF Terreform ONE Mushroom Chair

Terreform ONE unveils biodegradable furniture to the world of interior design!

Company launches Mushroom Chaise at ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Terreform ONE, the visionary architecture and design group, showcases for the first time its design for the “Mushroom Chaise”, a futuristic lounge chair made from biodegradable mushrooms at the ICFF, from May 14-17, 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center. Terreform ONE will unveil this statement piece, and show that biodesign can offer a beautiful alternative to mass furniture production that does not deplete natural resources, but can actually contribute to the environment. WHY GROW A CHAIR? Terreform ONE has created a waste-free, pollution-free mushroom chair, the first of its kind. The chair was grown in seven days from strains of fungi into the multi-curved chaise piece. At the end of its useful product life cycle, the chair can be composted and safely reintroduced back into the environment, where it can be naturally biodegraded. The chair was grown using material manufactured by Ecovative, a leading biomaterials company that believes “Mushrooms the new plastic.”
Using bio-fabrication techniques, Terreform launches an organic furniture design service to customers who are looking for innovative alternatives to greener living and responsible consumerism, themes underlying the non-profit mission.
According to Art Works for Change in “Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint”, “In the work of Terreform ONE, we see a world in which architecture and furniture is grown from mushrooms and living cells, and our homes are formed by guided growth of living trees. Part science and part science fiction, these are the ideas of makers, scientists and dreamers. They are the seeds that will grow into the human habitats of the future and yield a sustainable abundance for humankind.”

NYCxDesign Award for Terreform ONE Cricket Shelter Farm


ARCHITECT Cricket Farm w/ Terreform ONE

MIT on the "Future of Suburbia" by Amanda Kolson Hurley, ARCHITECT, May 2016, Vol. 105 No. 5, Terreform ONE Cricket Farm, p. 182.
Review of MIT CAU conference when the Cricket Shelter premiered

National Geographic on Urban Planting and Farm Pod

Urban Planting by
One potential solution: more innovative designs. For ecologist Dickson Despommier that means vertical farming, cultivating fruits and vegetables under controlled settings within tall buildings—now particularly popular in Japan. Architect Mitchell Joachim’s solution takes a different shape: The spherical pod he developed has a food-growing system on the outside and habitable space inside. The pod can be sized up to fit a larger site, Joachim says, or down to fit a high-rise balcony." 

Keynote lecture at NXP Austin

Architect and designer Mitchell Joachim tackles the urban issues redefining our built environments and cities: his work boldly reassesses the way humans live together in the 21st Century. In mind-bending talks, Joachim envisions a future in which biology and architecture are a single discipline—and shares the ground-breaking work and disruptive ideas that will make that future a reality.


Awarded Fulbright

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB), the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State (the Department), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), has selected Mitchell Joachim for a Fulbright grant for urban planning in Turkey.


Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint with Terreform ONE

Two-Part Digital Exhibition Invites Viewers to Examine the Relationship Between Human Consumption and Earth’s Finite Resources

Striking gallery adds urgency to addressing natural resource depletion and allows visitors to pledge immediate action

Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint” is a two-part exhibition addressing the urgent need to live sustainably within the Earth’s finite resources. Part II of the exhibition launches on Earth Day 2016 (April 22), and features works from 35 artists by invitation only, including the work of Mitchell Joachim and Terreform ONE. Joachim is an architect and co-founder of Terreform ONE, an interdisciplinary think tank that combines visionary designs with biology and engineering. In the work of Terraform ONE we see a hopeful vision for the cities and suburbs of the future.
The exhibition offers the opportunity for active engagement on issues of sustainability.  Each artwork in the online exhibition is paired with a series of “pledges,” actions that individuals can take in their own lives to reduce their environmental impact. Visitors who adopt one or more pledges will be able to share those pledges, along with an image of the artwork that inspired them, with their social networks on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Tumblr.  The exhibition will be promoted with the hashtags, #EndOvershoot and #OneEarth. 

“The ultimate objective of this exhibition is to create dialogue and inspire action. The interactivity and digital nature of this project makes it accessible to all audiences, which is vital because while this issue affects us all, we also all have equal opportunity to act,” says Executive Director Randy Rosenberg.

For more information, please visit http://www.artworksforchange.org/footing-the-bill/.
Feel free to tweet @ArtWorks4Change, share on Facebook, post on Tumblir and Instagram (@artworksforchange), and check out AWFC on YouTube.


NYU Sustainability Summit Keynote w/ Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Mitchell Joachim spoke about environmental threats to our planet and what he and his company, Terreform ONE, are doing to mitigate these problems. He presented images and blue prints for sustainable urban green space and, not to forget, futuristic cars made of soy-based pillows.



Future of Suburbia talk with Mitchell Joachim at MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism

The MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism believes it is time to explore how the suburbs may be improved through better design and planning. What new land tenure models are needed to ensure that suburbs will become the frontier of innovation, tapping into flexible land-use to enable experimental economies, programs, and building? What technological innovations and productive systems will be embedded within suburban development to allow for self-sufficiency, or even perhaps to become a net producer of food, water, and energy? How do new forms of suburbs in these contexts evolve over time? The Future of Suburbia conference will outline four design frameworks that project a future that is heterogeneous, experimental, autonomous and productive. Each of these themes will be explored by panelists from a broad array of fields including: design, architecture, urban planning, history and demographics, policy, energy, mobility, health, environment, economics, and applied and future technologies. https://issuu.com/sienascarff/docs/caufosprogramfinalissuu http://cau.mit.edu/conference/future-suburbia


Cricket Shelter - Modular Edible Insect Farm and Survival Habitat

The continuous impact of climate dynamics, armed conflicts, non-stop urbanization and economic upheavals present a distinct need for a hybrid architectural topology to deliver parallel solutions for food and shelter in each distressed region. This is a dual-purpose shelter and modular insect farm bounded into one structure. It’s intended for the impending food crisis, where people will need access to good sources of alternative protein, as raising livestock is not possible at our current rate of consumption and resource extraction. The United Nations has mandated insect sourced protein is a major component to solving global food distribution problems.  This arguably impacts the diets of all peoples across the globe.

In an advanced economic setting, this farm can introduce a sophisticated and ultra-sanitary method of locally harvesting insects for the production of cricket flour in fine cuisine recipes. It can also serve to be a new topology for a specialty restaurant, eatery, storehouse or similar architectural program. Introducing crickets into the modern American/ European diet is not a simple task, but there is precedent. For example, a few decades ago American’s did not wish to eat raw fish. Yet positive change materialized after sushi was introduced on a culturally refined and hygienic level. The same kind of approach needs to be embedded in the cultivation of crickets to achieve the cleanliness, quality, and purity of the farm-to-table system.  Over two billion people eat insects every day; it’s time to reintroduce them into the diets of the remaining population.

Raising cattle, pigs, and chicken for meat products all require immense amounts of fresh water. Harvesting insects for food typical takes three hundred times less water for the same amount of protein. Our project aims to maximize access to nutrient resources and to deal with and support local communities in anticipation of post-disaster scenarios. This also targets societal upgrading strategies in both
developed and developing countries as the temporary shelter easily coverts to a permanent farming system/ eatery after the crisis has dissipated.
Structurally, the shelter can be minimized into easily manufactured and replicable elements such as a simple CNC plywood archway with linked off-the-shelf plastic containers as infill surface. The current version of the structure is more customized to account for solar orientation, airflow and varied spatial programs internally. A computational model was used to parametrically align all of the individual containers to match the archway splines. Each pre-ordered container was modified to add ventilation screens, flexible insect sacks, locally controlled louvers, and permeable feeder ports with rotating locking mechanisms. The wind quill ventilation component magnifies the sound of cricket chirping in columns of vibrating air.     

The scheme has a multipronged focus on international hunger solutions, sustainable food distribution methods and modular compact architecture. A project of this type is built for areas in calamitous need both present and future. We understand that our role in the complex system of global cooperation is to seek holistic solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and citizen participation for shelter and subsistence farming. It is essential to understand the physical, social and cultural substrate of developing territories in which food and refuge is simultaneously critical. 

Credits: Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim (PI), Maria Aiolova, Felipe Molina, Matthew Tarpley, Melanie Fessel, Jiachen Xu, Lissette Olivares, Cheto Castellano, Shandor Hassan, Christian Hamrick, Ivan Fuentealba, Sung Moon, Kamila Varela, Yucel Guven, Chloe Byrne, Miguel Lantigua-Inoa
Sponsor: Art Works for Change.



Storefront + The Cooper Union: Closed Worlds Event w/ Mitchell Joachim

Storefront for Art and Architecture and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, EVENT: Closed Worlds: Encounters That Never Happened. Participants will engage in debate and discussion about the history and future of closed systems in architecture and design. 
Hans Hollein / Christina Ciardullo
Victor Olgyay / Daniel Barber
John McHale / Anthony Vidler
Walt Disney / Lydia Kallipoliti
Charles and Ray Eames / Andrés Jaque
General Dynamics / Bess Krietemeyer
Neil Armstrong / Peder Anker
NASA / Michelle Addington
Jacques Cousteau / Janette Kim
Buckminster Fuller / Mark Wigley
Howard T. Odum / Anna Dyson
Peter Van Dresser / Mitchell Joachim
Reyner Banham / Eva Franch i Gilabert


Rensselaer Lecture w/ Mitchell Joachim

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute lecture at the School of Architecture with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE.


Will the Next Alexander McQueen Be a Biologist? Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

Pratt Institute | BF+DA
How is science challenging the apparel industry and who are the bio-tech superstars leading the charge? With life science technologies becoming more integrated with the apparel industry, we explore what’s next and how biology has become the new muse for fashion design.
Biological designer/researcher Amy Congdon, architect, co-founder of Terreform ONE Mitchell Joachim and Suzanne Lee, New York based Chief Creative Officer at Modern Meadow. Moderated by Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator Executive Director, Debera Johnson.


New Book: Scenography in Exhibitions and Museums VII with Terreform ONE

Isenbort, Gregor (ed). "Bio City Map of 11 Billion," Szenografie in Ausstellungen und Museen VII. Klartext Verlag, 2016. pp. 126-133.


White Box Art Center Exhibition, Terreform ONE

White Box Group Exhibit: #makeamericagreatagain
Artists include: Mac Premo + Duke Riley | Louise Fishman | Regina Jose Galindo

Kyle Goen | Federico Solmi | Ivan Navarro | Cris Gianakos | James Hyde
Jaishri Abichandani | Conrad Atkinson | Isaac Aden
ANVIL Collective | Luis Alonzo Barkigia | Majeed Benteeha
Terry Berkowitz | Hans Breder | Blue Noses | Alberto Borea
Robert Boyd | Juanli Carrion | Paolo Cirio | Tony Conway | Joseph DeLappe
 Dread Scott | Eduardo Gil | Mathew Grenier | Glenn Goldberg
Pablo Helguera | Richard Humann | Samuel Jablon
Juan Lazaro + Jevijoe Vitug | Alexander Kosolapov | Teresa Margolles
Ferran Martin | Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo | Mary Mattingly
Yusef Merhi  | Igor Molochevski | Ivan Navarro
Robert Priseman | Fariden Sakhaeifar | PS3 | Joaquin Segura
Vitaly Komar | Edgar Serrano | Elliott Sharp | Wolodymyr Starosolsky
Quintin Rivera Toro | Terreform ONE | Wojtek Ulrich
 Ruben Verdu | Roberto Visani | Johan Wahlstrom | Jordan Weber | Roger Welch
Hans Winkler and more

#makeamericagreatagain is a group exhibition of diverse media that will run during February and coincide with the initial Democratic and Republican primaries.  The exhibition’s title is culled verbatim from Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. Appropriation does not stop there, however, for #makeamericagreatagain thematically rubs up against the demagoguery prevalent in the current American social and political landscape and rhetoric espoused by primary candidates to engender fear in the American public. Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes / Co-curated by Blanca De La Torre.
A group show in response to the 2016 presidential election charade


Institute for the Future at the Ford Foundation with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

The cities of the next decade will be the testing ground for the grandest human experiments—in biology, in social physics, and in public imagination. There are stories lurking just below the surface of our cities that can help us sense our future directions - Biofutures in Cities:

Eri Gentry, Research Manager, Institute for the Future
Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture, University of Newcastle
Nicola Twilley, Edible Geography, Gastropod, The New Yorker
Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE

Isabel Behncke Izquierdo, Primatologist
Rachel Hatch, Research Director, Institute for the Future
Paola Antonelli, Curator MoMA


Greening Cities Outside the Central City: Green Urbanism in the Global Suburb

Presented by the Urban Democracy Lab with funding from NYU’s Global Initiative for Advanced Studies. Co-sponsored by Global Design NYU.
All day event with moderators: Mitchell Joachim and Louise Harpman.
Our future lies in cities, and everyone agrees that our cities need to be greener and more sustainable. Most examinations of green urbanism focus on projects in urban centers, but another key aspect of urbanization is suburban development occurring outside the central city areas. In this public conversation, Roger Keil, professor of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto, and Julie Sze, professor and Director of American Studies at University of California, Davis, discuss where global suburbanism and urban environmentalism intersect and help us imagine how a democratic political space can emerge from this moment of possibility.


Green Sense Radio with Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Robert Colangelo is founder and host of the nationally syndicated Green Sense Radio show. Recorded live on the Farm, Green Sense Radio features entrepreneurs, innovators, academics, and policy makers who are making the world a better place.
Guest appearance by Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE.

The furniture of the future could be grown instead of built, saving on resources. This is a fascinating design concept from Dr. Mitchell Joachim, Associate Professor at NYU and co-founder of the non-profit Terreform ONE.


Frame Magazine - Mycoform by Terreform ONE

Tracey Ingram, Material Futures, Terreform ONE Mycoform Surface, Frame Publishers,  #107 Nov/Dec 2015, pp. 168-69.


TECH TIMES Biohacking The Future Of New York City With Terreform ONE

Biohacking The Future Of New York City With Terreform ONE : FUTURE TECH : Tech Times
By Stacey Szewczyk, Tech Times | December 29, 2015
Workplace directives to "think outside of the box" have become as commonplace as telecommuting and space sharing, but true innovation remains rare. What if your company's mandate was to reinvent the wheel? Terreform ONE is a Brooklyn-based design studio that uses design-thinking, biological engineering and a mixed bag of uncategorizable disciplines to do just that.
"A lot of what we're doing is in the realm of science and also in the realm of policy regulation," says co-founder Mitchell Joachim from his Brooklyn Navy Yard workshop, where projects resembling grass-sprouting lunar modules wait beside seats shaped like dinosaur vertebrae for their runs on the world's production lines. They're baffling at first glance but, once explained, they make enough design sense to have a decent shot at market attention in the next decade.


Global Design NYU Ice Action COP21

NYU Faculty and Students Stage Climate Deal Now Action

Nodes & Networks: The city as Superorganism

Nodes and Networks is a series of collective art and science experiments exploring biological systems as a model and metaphor for social intervention. Taking inspiration from slime mold navigation, bacterial communication, and insect cooperation, a group of artists, designers, and scientists are collaborating on a series of public experiments and interventions across New York City.
Adrian Fessel, biophysicist, University of Bremen
Alison Irvine, theater artist, Cut Paste Grow
Mitchell Joachim, architect, Terraform ONE
Oliver Kellhammer, artist and urban ecologist, Parsons School of Design
Sarah Kornbluth, bee ecologist, Rutgers University
Jonghyun Lee, biophysicist, University of Bremen
Colleen Macklin, games designer, Parsons School of Design
Christine Marizzi, geneticist, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Christina Oettmeier, biochemist, University of Bremen
Pia O’Neill, neuroscientist, Columbia University
Jennifer Sta. Ines, geospatial analyst, NYC Department of Transportation
Lior Zalmanson, internet researcher, NYU School of Business
Heather Barnett, artist and educator, University of the Arts London; founder, The Slime Mould Collective
Nurit Bar Shai, arts and culture director, GenSpace
Daniel Grushkin, program director, Biodesign Challenge
Julia Buntaine, director, SciArt Center
Hans-Günther Döbereiner, biophysicist, University of Bremen

Rubin Museum of Art Talk on The Fountainhead

On the surface, The Fountainhead is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the film, with a screenplay by Ayn Rand from her own novel, addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, and the threat of fascism.

AIA New York Lecture: The Edge of Practice

AIA NY The Edge of Practice - Speakers:
William D. Browning, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green LLC
Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE; Associate Professor of Practice, NYU
Amanda Lehman, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, COOKFOX Architects. 
Pat Sapinsley, AIA, Managing Director, Cleantech Initiatives, Urban Future Lab/ NYC ACRE/ Powerbridge, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Moderator: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

Spark Award Terreform ONE Finalist