Discovery Place Museum - Lecture w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

One Night Wonder: Future Shock Find out what the future holds Join us for Discovery Place’s annual celebration of science and discover what the future may hold! Explore the future of how we live, work and play through a series of one-night-only, hands-on Science Salon experiences throughout the Museum. Dream about what is to come and see innovation in action as you hear from Mitchell Joachim, one of the world’s top innovators and designers.



Center for Architecture - COLLAPSE: CLIMATE, CITIES & CULTURE Panel

Center for Architecture - Panel Talk

Global Design NYU (GDNYU) formed COLLAPSE: CLIMATE, CITIES and CULTURE, a traveling international exhibition between New York and Berlin that focuses on the design community’s response to environmental extremes. The participants used architectural models, design prototypes, drawings, and videos to propose future scenarios to improve the health and well-being of our fragile planet and all of its occupants. We will hold a panel discussion in reference to the exhibit with Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Maider Llaguno-Munitxa, Mark Foster Gage, Julia Watson, Ioanna Theocharopoulou, Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim.




Gallatin Today, Changing the Conversation w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Mitchell Joachim, Changing the Conversation: Gallatin Climate Change Initiative, Gallatin Today, NYU, pp. 2-5

UmweltDialog Magazine with Fab Tree Hab

Lucas Beesten, "Es kommt Leben in die Hutte," UmweltDialog, Aug. p. 78-79, 2018.

Design Intelligence Interview with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Bob Fisher, 2Q edition of DesignIntelligence Quarterly "Design Thinking for a Better World: Interview with Mitchell Joachim" DesignIntelligence LLC 2018, pp. 36-39.


School of the Earth with Terreform ONE

School of the Earth: NYU Gallatin 2061
Terreform ONE: Mitchell Joachim, Peder Anker, 
Karim Ahmed, Gary Chung, Nicholas Gervasi, Kristina Goncharov, Aleksandr Plotkin, Nunnapat “Spencer” Ratanavanh


Collapse: Climate, Cities and Culture an Exhibition with Global Design New York University

Global Design NYU Exhibit: June 12th-29th! Opening Party June 13th, The Gallatin Galleries, New York University at 1 Washington Place, 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Participating Architects/ Artists:
AGENCY, Alejandro Zaera Alexander Felson, Anna Bokov, Anna Dyson, Archi-Tectonics, Axel Kilian, Carl Skelton, DESIGN EARTH, Experimental Architecture Group, Fernanda Canales, Forrest Meggers, Ghiora Aharoni Design St Harrison Atelier, Jenny Sabin Studio, Julia Watson Studio REDE, Louise Harpman__PROJECTS, Ma Llaguno-Munitxa, Mark Foster Gage Architects, Mark Shepard and Moritz Stefaner, MASS Design Group, Mathur/Da Cunha, Mitch McEwen, Mitchell Joachim, NADAAA, nea Studio, Nurhan Goktu Patrick Nash, Peder Anker, pneumastudio/Cathryn Dwyre + Chris Perry, Rhett Russo, SITE @ Prin University, SO-IL, Terreform ONE, WXY, Young & Ayata.




Transforming the DNA of the Built Environment w/ Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Transforming the DNA of the Built Environment is a two-part meeting held in the Spring and Fall of 2018 to kick off a collaboration between The Center for Ecosystems in Architecture at Yale (CEA) and New Lab. In Spring 2018, we will meet to discuss new strategies for linking systems for energy, water, air, food, and material life cycles through the mission of emergency housing, which will be the subject of a 36-month research, development, and demonstration project. In Fall 2018, we will meet to tackle the innovative ways in which new DNA for materials, devices, and integrated systems could lead to fundamentally different infrastructural models for distributing resources at the urban and district scales.

David Belt, New Lab CEO
Cas Holloway, Bloomberg LP Global Head of Technical Operations

Daniel Gross, Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Chris Sharples, Founding Principal at SHoP Architects — HeliOptix
Jason Vollen, VP, High Performance Buildings Leader, AECOM
Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Enviroment, Princeton University
Berardo Matalucci, Co-Founder of MIMiC Systems

Doris Sung, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California, DOSU Studio Architecture
Kipp Bradford, Research Scientist at CEA, Yale
Demetrios Comodromos, Founding Principal of METHOD Design
Aletheia Ida, Chair MS Arch EBT at University of Arizona

Susan Szenasy, Founding Editor of Metropolis Magazine
Jefferson Ellinger, Associate Professor of UNC Charlotte, Ellinger DLR
Matt Gindlesparger, Visiting Professor at Philadelphia University
Ranjit Arpels-Josiah, Principal of Entertaining Health
Andrew Rosner, Managing Principal of Entertaining Health

Demetrios Comodromos, Owner and Partner of METHOD Design
Alan Organschi, Principal of Gray Organschi Architecture
Rebecca Lorenz, Senior Designer at SHoP Architects
Francis Bitonti, Founder of Studio Bitonti
Mae-Ling Lokko, CEO of Willow Technologies

Edward Roussel, Chief Innovation Officer at Dow Jones
Anna Dyson, Founding Director of Yale CEA and Hines Professor at Yale
Naomi Keena, Postdoc Associate at Yale CEA
Simone Rothman, CEO of Future Air
Alexandros Tsiamis, Acting Director at the Center for Architecture Science & Ecology at RPI

Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director of the Architectural League
Chris Sharples, Principal at SHoP Architects
Alan Organschi, Principal at Gray Organschi Architecture
Phil Bernstein, Associate Dean of the Yale School of Architecture
Anna Dyson, Founding Director of Yale CEA and Hines Professor at Yale
Leila Kamal, VP of Design and Expertise at EYP Architects
Mitchell Joachim, Co-President at Terreform ONE

Closing Remarks:
Kenneth A. Lewis, Partner at SOM
Deborah Berke, Dean of the Yale School of Architecture



Fast Company, Airports That Architects Want To Redesign, Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE.

Fast Company, "Airports That Architects Want To Redesign The Most", w/ Mitchell JoachimTerreform ONE.
If you could change any airport in the U.S., which would you choose? Co.Design posed the question to architects. By Jesus Diaz.


Collapse: Climate, Cities, & Culture Exhibit at NYU

New NYU Exhibit on "Collapse: Climate, Cities, & Culture" at The Gallatin Galleries for Global Design NYU on June 12th-29th with: AGENCY, Alejandro Zaera-PoloAnya Bokov, Anuradha Mathur/ Da Cunha, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Laura Kurgan, Fernanda Canales, Forrest Meggers, FUTURE GREEN, Ghiora Aharoni, Harrison Atelier, Ariane Lourie HarrisonJenny SabinJulia Nicole Watson, REDE, Kaja Kühl, Karen Holmberg, KieranTimberlake, Louise Harpman PROJECTS, Mark Shepard, MASS Design Group, Mitch Mcewen, Mitchell Joachim, n_Architects, Nader Tehrani, NEA Studio, Nina Edwards AnkerPeder Anker, Pneumastudio, Chris PerryCathryn DwyreRachel ArmstrongRania Ghosn, El Hadi Jazairy, DESIGN EARTH, Rhett Russo, SCAPE, Snarkitecture, Snohetta, SO-IL, Terreform ONE, Timur Dogan, Winka Dubbeldam, WXY. NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Urban Democracy Lab.


AERIAL FUTURES hosted by Terreform ONE at New Lab

AERIAL FUTURES: Urban Constellations explores airport-city interfaces as infrastructure, operating at a metropolitan scale. This think tank uses New York City as a case study to trigger responses across disciplines. Selected participants will reimagine airport constellations as a choreographed urban ecosystem that relies as much on architecture as it does on technology and data-driven design. Form follows information. New technologies – such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence, real-time digital experiences, robotics, and autonomous vehicles – will transform the way aerial infrastructures look and feel in the future. This AERIAL FUTURES think tank will challenge our expectations about time in transit, wayfinding, security, and commerce; and exploring how technology will redefine disconnected landscapes into continuous, integrated urban airport systems.


NYU Faculty Urban Research Day Conference

We are pleased to share that several funders who are interested in NYU's urban research will be in attendance. In addition, Stephanie Miner, former mayor of Syracuse, and Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the NYC DOT, will be participating as keynote speaker and panelist, respectively.



Urban Digital Humanities: Design and Sustainability

The quest to design digital and real solutions to environmental problems will be the theme of three interdisciplinary presentations crossing the boundaries of the humanities, architecture, and engineering.

Micro dwellings: where the Quantified Self meets the Quantified Home
Louise Harpman
Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

Architecture for Crickets and Butterflies
Mitchell Joachim
Associate Professor of Practice, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

Digital Pedagogy: School of the Earth, and more
Peder Anker
Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYU

Moderated by Marion Thain, Director of Digital Humanities, NYU

Event Location: NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003.


Productive Green Model Blocks in the Resilient Circular Economy, Terreform ONE

View down SW Broadway as it cuts through the heart of downtown Portland OR, 1960. The parking lot just left of center will become Pioneer Courthouse Square a quarter-century later. Very few blocks have escaped change in the last 50 years.


Forbes Magazine Interview with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Alex Knapp interview with Mitchell Joachim, "Farming The Next Big Food Source: Crickets" Forbes, JAN. 30, 2018 @ 01:04 PM.

Terreform, a non-profit urban architecture and design group, has been working on a project to update a centuries-old technology: the emergency shelter. The organization's design goes beyond merely providing shelter from the elements. It's also a modular habitat for a food source that people can harvest: crickets.  "We didn't think you just needed a shelter," Terreform's Mitchell Joachim said. "You actually needed some level of food, sustenance farming, so that you can help get your family protein, especially after a big calamity."



Vouge UK Art Basel Miami with Terreform ONE

Julia Hobbs, "10 Things We Learned About Art Basel Miami", Vouge, UK, Sat. 9th Dec. 2107.  The Faena hotel on South Beach has a cricket farm for when the world runs out of protein, Terreform ONE.


Tech Fancy - Unnatural Selection Terreform ONE

Tech Fancy - Unnatural Selection, No.3 12, 2017.
Brave New Bio: A New Breed of Tech Company Returns to Nature

Photography by Rich Gilligan / Reporting by New Lab

Anyone passing the Brooklyn Navy Yard docks in the last year is likely to have glimpsed a white, spiked structure that could be mistaken for a punk-rock igloo. Instead, it’s a cricket shelter by Terreform One, New Lab’s only nonprofit futurist think-tank. Terreform works with clients to reimagine buildings, infrastructure, and public spaces. What if we stopped attempting to halt rising sea levels and started designing Manhattan's streets like Venice?

"Cities themselves, those are hundred year plans. My grad students’ grad students will be solving for that," says Terreform co-founder Mitchell Joachim, an MIT and Harvard alum who now teaches at NYU. "But we develop these arguments to stand the test of time, and be teased and tweaked so that others can add their voices and adjust as these ideas go along."

The cricket structure, teeming with tens of thousands of insects, is a reimagining of a standard emergency shelter. To solve for potential food shortages, the shelter houses both humans and crickets (a potent protein source that, by UN estimates, is eaten by over two billion people per year).

Today Terreform's working with a construction group in Soho to design a building that "rewilds New York": a seven-story structure with windowed walls that would function as a sanctuary for thousands of endangered monarch butterflies. Terreform has designed a sensing system to monitor the monarchs’ health on-site.

"We're trying to train technology to care for an organism that's very fragile," Joachim says.

He’s talking about butterflies, but might as well be speaking of the earth itself.


Monarch Sanctuary New York City, Terreform ONE

The Monarch Sanctuary (Lepidoptera terrarium) will be eight stories of new commercial construction in Nolita, NYC. Programmatically, the building space will mostly contain retail and office life. Yet central to its purpose is serving as a breeding ground and sanctuary for the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It is a pioneering building – one that aims to be ecologically generous, weaving butterfly conservation strategies into its design through the integration of monarch habitat in its façades, roof, and atrium. Not just a building envelope, the edifice is a new biome of coexistence for people, plants, and butterflies.

The monarch butterfly of North America is a threatened species. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services is currently assessing whether the monarch needs to be granted “endangered species” status, while the monarch population erodes due to the combined forces of agricultural pesticides and habitat loss. Monarchs are a delicate presence in New York City, migrating each year from Mexico and Florida to the city’s precious green spaces to lay their eggs on the milkweed plant.

This project will vitally serve as a large-scale Lepidoptera terrarium. It will bolster the monarch’s presence in the city through two strategies: open plantings of milkweed and nectar flowers on the roof, rear façade, and terrace will provide breeding ground and habitat for wild monarchs, while enclosed colonies in the atrium and street side double-skin façade will grow monarch population. The insects will be periodically released to join the wild population, enhancing overall species population numbers.

Our connection the community of NYC is essential. The prime location will attract attention and educate the public on Monarch extinction. It has a total area of 30,000 square feet and is to be located in the heart of Nolita, between Soho and the burgeoning art district along the Bowery, and a few blocks west of the New Museum. The site is just around the corner from the Storefront for Art and Architecture and currently exists as two plots occupied by small residential buildings, which will be combined into a single property.

Although it is a relatively small commercial building by New York standards, the building will present a striking public face and a powerful argument in favor of a diversity of life forms in the city. It will face Petrosino Square, a small triangular paved public park, named after a fallen NYPD lieutenant. The façade of the Monarch Sanctuary building will add a lush vertical surface to the edge of the square.

The double-skin street façade, with a diagrid structure infilled glass at the outer layer and with “pillows” of EFTE foil at the inner layer, encloses a careful climate - controlled space, 3’ deep and 7 stories tall. This “vertical meadow,” the terrarium proper, serves as an incubator and safe haven for Monarchs in all seasons. It contains suspended milkweed vines and flowering plants to nourish the butterflies at each stage of their life cycle. Hydrogel bubbles on the EFTE help maintain optimal humidity levels, and sacs of algae help purify the air and the building wastewater. Solar panels on the roof provide renewable energy to assist in the powering the facilities. 

Other features of the project are equally in service of the insects. LED screens at the street level provide magnified live views of the caterpillars and butterflies in the vertical meadow, which also connects to a multi-story atrium adjacent to the circulation core. Interior partitions are constructed from mycelium, and additional planting at the ceiling enhances the interior atmosphere and building biome. Hovering around the building, a few butterfly-shaped drones take readings and maps of the immediate microclimate. They return every few minutes to recharge, and their combined real-time data works to maintain the butterfly health.

The building is intended to serve as an object lesson in enhancing the urban environment with green technologies, including plant life and other creatures, in designing for other species, and in conveying images of new possibilities for the urban environment. This project alone will not save the Monarch but it will crucially raise awareness about our much-loved insect residents.

Client: Kenmare Square LLC. Jackie Jangana, and Andrew Kriss
Team: Terreform ONE
Principals: Mitchell Joachim, Christian Hubert
Project Architect: Nicholas Gervasi
Kristina Goncharova, Yucel Guven, Zhan Xu
Research: Larissa Belcic, Shahira Hammad, Deniz Onder, Aleksandr Plotkin
Tech Consultant: Anouk Wipprecht
Sponsor: Intel

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Monarch Sanctuary™ Patent Pending.