BBC on Wildlife in Cities with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Martha Henriques, BBC Future, 21 January 2019.
How do you bring wildlife back to the city?

“We realize that planning, development, architecture and industrial design are all complicit in wiping out other species on this planet,” says Mitchell Joachim, director and co-founder of Terreform, an ecological planning and architecture firm. “I am absolutely passionate about trying to restore these habitats in cities, and to instill that in how we plan our buildings.”

Sometimes that means planning a giant, eight-storey transparent vertical meadow into the walls of an office building in Manhattan. Monarch butterflies are native to North America but have been disappearing fast since the 1980s because of widespread destruction of milkweed, a plant that monarchs use while breeding. “Milkweed is a highly invasive species, humans don’t like it – it can give you a rash, or take over your beautiful American lawn,” says Mitchell.

Building a space for monarchs into the building would be part of an effort to slow their precipitous decline.

“It is a sanctuary for monarch butterflies, to breed them, with nurseries for caterpillars and areas for the chrysalises and the adult butterflies,” says Joachim. “They live there for a few weeks and then they’re released.”

To have a real impact on monarch butterfly populations, it will take more than one sanctuary. The most important thing to do is restore the butterfly’s natural habitat – within the city and outside it along its migration route to Mexico – in particular by providing more milkweed.



BAU 2019 Munich - DETAIL Forum w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

DETAIL research—Building the Future

Design : Production
MODERATION / CHAIRED BY: Tim Westphahl, Freier Journalist / freelance journalist

14:00 Digitales Denken in Planung
und Detaillierung /
Digital thinking in planning
and detailing
Arnold Walz,
Design to Production, Stuttgart

14:30 Towards a Digital Building Culture
 Hannes Mayer,
Gramizio Kohler Research, Z├╝rich

15:00 Design to End Extinction
Mitchell Joachim,
Terreform ONE, New York, USA



Art in America with Terreform ONE - Mitchell Joachim

December 1, 2018
Art in America - Other Voices, Other Worlds by Stephen Zacks 

"Since 2006, Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology), a NewYork-based firm founded by architects Maria Aiolova and Mitchell Joachim, has worked within what they describe as a “framework of socio-ecological design,” producing compelling renderings and provocative installations that depict biophilic building forms modeled after nature.6 (The studio also proposes larger infrastructure projects, such as a tide-management proposal for Red Hook, Brooklyn, in which former military vessels are used to create a buffer zone to prevent flooding from storms.) Last year, it was commissioned to design an eight-story office and commercial tower in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan.
Monarch Sanctuary, as the building is called, is conceived as a sort of urban breeding ground for the endangered monarch butterfly. Milkweed and other nectar-producing flowers will be planted on the rooftop, rear facade, and terrace of the structure. And there will be separate colonies of butterflies nurtured in an atrium and inside the street-facing double-skinned facade. The project is currently awaiting approval from the Nolita Community Board, after which construction work will begin.

Terreform ONE’s sanctuary is similar to the “forested towers” designed by architects including Dattner and Grimshaw, Stefano Boeri, and Sou Fujimoto. Their work was anticipated by architectural theorists like Christopher Alexander, author of The Nature of Order (1977-2005), a four-volume treatise that is a cult classic among ecologically minded architects. In it, Alexander offered a model for deriving building structures from patterns observed in the natural world, arguing that these lent themselves to human comfort and well-being."

Toward a Living Architecture? with Terreform ONE

Toward a Living Architecture? Complexism and Biology in Generative Design by Christina Cogdell. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE, Fab Tree Hab. pp. 159-160.


Motherboard's survey of 100+ experts regarding the future with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Motherboard/ Vice by Becky Ferreira
We Asked 105 Experts What Scares and Inspires Them Most About the Future. 
Climate change, extremism, and artificial intelligence were among the top fears, and young people, technology, and equality were among the top hopes.

Mitchell Joachim, associate professor of practice at New York University and co-founder of Terreform ONE:

Fear: Species extinction, at the rate of one organism per every five minutes. Most of this is because of human activity and overdevelopment. As an architect and urban designer, I feel responsible for this travesty. We need to stop extinction by all means necessary. 

Hope: Humankind created most of this problem and therefore humankind has the power to stop it. 



Evolve Arena lecture in Oslo w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Evolve Arena - Oslo, Norway
Resilient and Regenerative Cities
Keynote: The End of Extinction
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE
Conversation: People vs. Technology:
Liam Young
Camilla Moneta, NAL
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE
Moderator: Camilla Gramstad



Ambiguous Territory at Pratt Manhattan Gallery with Terreform ONE

Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural:
This exhibition assembles over forty contemporary architects, artists, and landscape architects whose work challenges the division between the built and the natural environment. In the Anthropocene epoch, humans have been fundamentally displaced from a place of privilege, philosophically as well as experientially. Western civilization’s traditional distinctions between nature and culture have eroded. Ambiguous Territory asks, can art and design avail new ways to approach contemporary challenges regarding the environment? What new worlds, and what new concepts of nature and culture can art and design reveal that other modes of inquiry and knowledge cannot?

Including - Ellie Abrons, Paula Gaetano Adi & Gustavo Crembil, amid.cero9, Amy Balkin, Philip Beesley, Ursula Biemann, The Bittertang Farm, Edward Burtynsky, Bradley Cantrell, Brian Davis, Design Earth, Mark Dion, Lindsey French, Formlessfinder, Adam Fure, Future Cities Lab, Michael Geffel, Geoarchitecture @ Westminster, Geofutures @ Rensselaer Architecture, Harrison Atelier, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Lisa Hirmer, Lydia Kallipoliti & Andreas Theodoridis, Perry Kulper, Sean Lally, Landing Studio, Lateral Office & LCLA, LiquidFactory, Meredith Miller & Thom Moran, NaJa & deOstos, NEMESTUDIO, Mark Nystrom, Office for Political Innovation, OMG, The Open Workshop, pneumastudio, Rachele Riley, Alexander Robinson, RVTR, Smout Allen, smudge studio, Neil Spiller, Terreform ONE, Unknown Fields, and Marina Zurkow.

Pratt Manhattan Gallery
144 West 14th Street, Second Floor New York, NY 10011
Gallery hours Monday–Saturday, 11 AM–6 PM Thursday until 8 PM


Lecture at Florida International University w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Design Against Extinction by Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE
Department of Architecture Lecture Series
Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building, Miami, Florida



Brooklyn Tech Week w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Laura Jay, Regional Director, C40 
Allison Dring, CEO, Made of Air
John Lee Dir. Green Buildings and Energy Efficiency 
Mitchel Joachim, Associate Professor NYU and Co-Founder Terreform ONE
Dazza Greenwood, MIT Media Lab
Moderator - Rodrigo Bautista, Principal Change Designer, Forum for the Future



Data Cities: How satellites are transforming architecture and design w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

New Book: Davina Jackson, Data Cities: How satellites are transforming architecture and design, Lund Humphries, 2018. pp. 5, 149. Terreform ONE, Cricket Shelter + Farm.


TED Talks at DuPont for TechCon w/ Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE, TED Institute Talk at DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware.


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.