New book: The Idea of the Avant Garde – And What It Means Today essay by Mitchell Joachim

Marc James Léger, The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What It Means Today, Manchester University Press, 2104. Mitchell Joachim Hackerspace in Synthetic Biological Design.


UAE Smart Living City Dubai, Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

UAE, Smart Living City Dubai 2014, the inaugural edition of the biannual event that focuses on highly successful local and international Smart startups, will take place at Jumeirah Emirates Tower, Dubai. To be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, the event is organized by TASWEEK and Inside Investor.


Car and Driver/Chrysler, New American Success Stories features Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim

Special Thanks: Joe Bargmann, Danielle Mann, Crystal Meers, Kiki McGowan, Collin M Palmer, Hearst Magazines and Chrysler.


New book - The Language of Architecture featuring Terreform ONE

Andrea Simitch and Val Warke, The Language of Architecture: 26 Principles Every Architect Should Know, Terreform ONE, Rapid Re(f)use, Rockport Publishers, p.63.


New book - Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems with Mitchell Joachim

Mitchell Joachim, "Future ecological design as urbaneering: new positions on city-making without scale," in Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems, Steffen Lehmann (ed). Routledge, 2014.


The Guardian Sustainable Business: Tiny houses, micro-apartments and future urban homes with Terreform ONE

Are tiny houses and micro-apartments the future of urban homes? by Rachael Post

Mitchell Joachim, a New York University associate professor and co-founder of Terreform ONE, aims to create a wholly new concept for micro-dwelling by rethinking the interaction of ecology, botany and design. This version of the childhood dream hideaway is not a house in a tree, however; instead, it’s a house made of living trees. Among Terreform ONE’s recent designs are tree spheres called Willow Balls. They are living treehouses just 8 feet (2.43 meters) in diameter. Joachim considers them semi-permanent, and says they can be used as seasonal spaces like gazebos or other outdoor recreational spaces. They’re made by growing ficus trees over a scaffolding frame similar to what gardeners do when they use pliable living plants to create archways. Once the fast-growing ficus trees cover the sphere, the scaffolding can be removed and re-used with another set of plants.
While the living-plants portion of the sphere is natural, Terreform One will manufacture the scaffoldings in Brooklyn out of wood or metal. Terreform One is currently taking orders for the scaffoldings – priced at $8,000 – and expects to put them on sale in early 2015.
The goal is to “nudge nature in its place into a geometric shape that is usable by people”, Joachim said. The design challenges the traditional idea of forestry because instead of growing trees, chopping them down and milling them into lumber to build houses, the trees transform into a house as they grow.
Acknowledging that shipping an 8 ft tree sphere through the mail is not energy-efficient, the design group is working on ways to mitigate this – perhaps by growing the sphere in place to lower the dwelling’s carbon footprint.


Metropolis: Futurists Propose "Walking City" of Configurable Housing Units

Multigen housing is comprised of fixed and mobile elements, as well as a variety of architectural types, to accommodate the changing desires and lifestyles of multiple generations living together. In doing so, they are designed for both intergenerational continuity and moments of fluxgoing off to school, changes in marital status, retirement travelall the forms of making and moving away from the family nest. 


Terreform ONE, OfficeUS Outpost la Biennale di Venezia

Pavilion of the United States of America at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, OfficeUS, a global collaborative architectural practice founded by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački and Ashley Schafer.
TEAM Outposts: Allard van Hoorn, Anda French, Aristide Antonas, Austin Mergold, Benjamin Porto, Cara Liberatore, Caroline Smith, Chrissi Nasz, Ciro Miguel, Constantin Boym, Daniel Tudor Munteanu, Danielle Rago, Doreen Adengo, Eva Alvarez, Fabio Gigone, Fabrizio Furiassi, Filippo Cattapan, Garrick Jones, Hanna Espinosa, Henry Smith-Miller, Ioannis Oikonomou, Jean Benoit Vetillard, Jenny French, Jonathan Crisman, Jorg Sieweke, Juan Molina Restrepoe, Kristy Balliet, Lisa Pauli, Luis Diego Quiros Pacheco, Maj Plemenitas, Maria Pilar Pinchart, Mart Schaefer, Matthew Messner, Mitchell Joachim, Nazanin Naeini, Nick Axel, Pablo Costa, Pamela Ritchot, Paolo Migliori, Patrizia Toscano, Paul Preissner, Peter Macapia, Phillip Denny, Quilian Riano, Ragunath Vasudevan, Sahra Motalebi, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, Sara Dean, Sasa Zivkovic, Selma Alihodzic, Sindy Martínez Lortia, Stephen Mueller, Taller de Casquería Collective, Tamar Alon, Ted Landrum

Wilsonart Multi-City Cre8ivity Tour w/ Mitchell Joachim

Industry Leaders
  • Mitch Joachim, celebrated TED presenter and innovator in urban and ecological design, will be speaking in Chicago.
  • Reed Kroloff, author of “Black Like Me” and current director of the esteemed Cranbook Academy of Art, will be speaking in Philadelphia. He is well known throughout the architecture community for his work as editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine.
  • Rachel Armstrong, TED presenter and thought leader in creating materials that possess properties of living systems, will be speaking in Los Angeles. She specializes in speaking on the merging of biology and chemistry with architecture and design.
  • Grace Jeffers, design historian, materials specialist and graduate of the prestigious Bard Graduate Center for the Decorative Arts, will be speaking in Seattle, Atlanta and Houston.
  • Stanford Hughes, partner at BraytonHughes Design Studios and award-winning designer who does extensive work renovating historic buildings, will be speaking in San Francisco.
  • Jessica Green, TED speaker and biodiversity scientist interested in the role microbes play in our lives and designing microbe-friendly architecture, will be speaking in Dallas.
  • Boris Srdar, principal at NAC Architecture with a background in European design, and award-winning lead designer, will be speaking in Denver.   
  • LINK
  • http://www.wilsonart.com/corporate/press-room/wilsonart-rolls-out-multi-city-cre8ivity-tour-featuring-well-known-industry-leaders

Autodesk IDEAS: The Innovation + Design Series w/ Mitchell Joachim

Autodesk Gallery San Francisco, CA
Lead by Tom Wujec and Jon Pittman

Kendra Byrne, Bot & Dolly
Scott Cohen, New Lab
Maurice Conti, Autodesk, Inc.
Renee DiResta, OATV
Hugh Dubberly, Dubberly Design Office
Terry Fong, NASA
Marc Freese, Coppelia RoboticsSaul Griffith, OtherLabs
Mark Hatch, TechShop
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONEBrian David Johnson, Intel Corporation
Andra Keay, Silicon Valley Robotics
Jonathan Knowles, Autodesk, Inc.
Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk, Inc.
Jeff Kramer, MTD Products
Tessa Lau, Savioke
Dr. Russell Loveridge, ETHZ - NCCR Digital Fabrication
Tasha McCauley, Fellow Robots
Alex McDowell, 5G
Franck Messmer, Delcam
Aaron Morris, Autodesk, Inc.
Mads Paulin, Autodesk, Inc.
Nadya Peek,  MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
Jon H. Pittman, Autodesk, Inc.
EJ Sabathia, Moon Express, Inc.
Nathan Shedroff, California College of the Arts
Alvise Simondetti, Arup
Charles (Chad) Sweet, Qualcomm
Diego Tamburini, Autodesk, Inc.
Tom Wujec, Autodesk, Inc.
Laurie Yoler, Qualcomm

Interior Design Magazine Future Green Lecture Mitchell Joachim

Interior Design Magazine, Future Green Hospitality Forum 

Wired Magazine Reports Back from 2024, Mitchell Joachim


CUSP Lecture with Mitchell Joachim

June 19, at 4:00 PM for a research seminar and discussion with Mitchell Joachim from New York University and Terreform ONE. All guests are welcome to attend a networking reception following the seminar at 5:00 pm. 

Post Sustainability: New Directions in Ecological Urban Design
A discussion of case studies, projects, and outreach efforts, that aim to illuminate the environmental possibilities of New York City and inspire solutions in areas like it around the world. I will unpack the working methods of a unique laboratory for scientists, artists, architects, students, and individuals of many backgrounds to explore and advance the larger framework of socio-ecological design. This group develops innovative solutions and technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, and water.

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a unique public-private research center of NYU that uses New York City as its laboratory and classroom to help cities around the world become more productive, livable, equitable, and resilient. CUSP observes, analyzes, and models cities to optimize outcomes, prototype new solutions, formalize new tools and processes, and develop new expertise/experts. The CUSP research seminars aim to promote an intellectual community around urban informatics, an intrinsically multidisciplinary field, by facilitating discussions on various research topics related to the intersection of big data and urban planning.

THNK workshop with Mitchell Joachim

Falling in Love with Plastic 
THNK: How can we rethink the vast quantities of waste we produce every day, especially in large cities? How can we find a different way of looking at trash? Mitchell Joachim, co-founder of Terreform ONE and co-designer of Fab Tree Hab, an organically grown house, envisions New York as an entirely ecological and sustainable community. During a THNK forum, we discussed some exciting ideas on what it would take to turn trash into treasure. Find out how building sustainable communities requires us to rethink our usage of things, how we design them, and what we do with them. To help save our environment, we may need to fall in love with plastic.


The Aspen Ideas Festival with Mitchell Joachim

The Aspen Ideas Festival is dedicated to Engaging Ideas that Matter with Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova, founders of Terreform ONE.



Mitchell Joachim at New York Ideas for The Atlantic

The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute's esteemed Ideas conference will be in New York, convening leaders in business, finance, technology, the sciences, and the arts.


Weltstadt Conference, DAZ in Berlin with Mitchell Joachim

Who Creates the City? Stagnation in climate policy, vacant properties in the post-industrial city, privatization of public spaces and displacement of socially vulnerable people from the city. Increasing numbers of citizens no longer intend to wait and are taking their future into their own hands. They are repurposing abandoned buildings, trying out resource-saving ways of life and they are demanding their right to the city. How is the self-organization and horizontal linkage between these civil-society actors succeeding?
Davis Kanepe, Cultural Activist, Kanepes Cultural Center, Riga
Mitchell Joachim, Architect and Professor, New York University

Purev-Erdene Ershuu, Architect and Lecturer, Mongolian University of Science and Technology



BBC News, What if we could rebuild New York City? by Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE

BBC Future, By Mitchell Joachim; "If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?"
The new New York City would balance the relationship between the information networks that the metropolis depends on and Earth’s finite resources.
All vital components of life would be monitored and attuned to the needs of every organism, not just humans. Supplies of food and water, our energy and waste and even our air would be sensibly scrutinized. Thanks to masses of miniaturized low-cost electronic components deployed across the city, communication becomes far easier. New York will grow and adapt to millions of new minds entering it everyday.
The city would make sure every need is provided for within its borders. How we provide nutrients, transports, and shelter would be updated. Dilapidated buildings would be replaced with vertical agriculture and new kinds of housing would join cleaner, greener ways to get around the city. What were once streets become snaking arteries of livable spaces, embedded with renewable energy sources, low-tech, green vehicles for mobility and productive nutrient zones. The former street grid could provide the foundation for new flexible networks. By reengineering the obsolete streets, we can create robust and ecologically active pathways.
While all this may sound optimistic, some of this city of tomorrow is already taking shape... see: