Conversation with Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE in Arch2O

Arch2O: Zack Saunders (founder of ARCH[or]studio and Arch2O contributing editor) and Mitchell Joachim share thoughts on heroic feats of architecture, the distinction between a ‘Jaws’ problem and a ‘Piranha’ problem, building cities from scratch and the future of Terreform ONE. The following is an excerpt from a piece included in his forthcoming book: “Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities”, co-edited with Maria Aiolova. 


Intel Shift 2017 with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Intel’s Premier Business EVENT. We live in an age of massive technological disruption. For business and IT leaders, the digital reset is creating new revenue opportunities as well as new challenges, prompting sweeping technology investment decisions. Join Intel and an exclusive set of your peers at SHIFT 2017 and experience digital business transformation in action. Hear from leading visionaries and technology innovators – and prepare to SHIFT your business for the future.

  • Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT, best-selling author, and co-founder of MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy
  • Mitchell Joachim, PhD, innovator, and co-founder at Terreform ONE. Chosen by Wired Magazine for "The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”



LafargeHolcim Award Winners Terreform ONE.

WINNER: Cricket Shelter and Modular Edible Insect Farm by Terreform ONE
This pavilion demonstrates the possibility of local insect farming as a form of protein with low-resource intensity, New York, United States. This project proposes an alternative to animal meat production that emits just 1 % of the greenhouse gas emissions and requires 0.001 % of the land to produce the same amount of protein annually when compared to beef production.


Shukhov Lab Moscow, Lecture with Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE

Shukhov Lab Moscow, Laboratory for Experimental Urban Design,
National Research University Higher School of Economics, with Vicente Guallart.

Natural/ Designed Ecologies at Kent State with Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE

Kent State College of Architecture + Environmental Design - CAED
The 5th annual Water and Land symposium will provide a forum for today’s understandings of natural systems and contemporary innovative design approaches for improving cities and society. Topics of conservation/recreation; living materials/fabrication; and sustainable/urbanism will create discussion on the limits of knowledge and the road to greater environmental responsibility. Held on October 4th and 5th 2017, this symposium will attract more than 300 attendees from the many universities, federal, state and regional agencies, and private companies that populate northeastern Ohio and surrounding states. 

The conference will highlight new approaches to a variety of environmental and social issues through distinguished speakers and formal and informal discussions. A plenary session will set the stage for breakout sessions and posters in the afternoon. Breakout sessions will focus on “Conservation and Recreation,” “Living Materials,” and “Sustainable Urbanism.” These breakout sessions will be linked to poster sessions and will provide an opportunity for more specific discussions focused on key underlying issues. Registration is free and open to the public.

Keynote Address: Tim Beatley, University of Virginia, 
"Living Materials" Keynote: Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE
Reid Coffman, Architecture, Kent State University
James Fraser, Vanderbilt University
Laia Mogas Soldevila, Tufts University

Margarita Benitez, Fashion, Kent State University

Full Schedule at https://www.kent.edu/water


Ambiguous Territory Exhibition with Terreform ONE at University of Michigan

Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural at A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

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


TED City of Tomorrow, Delhi and London

Two TED Talks in two cities for the City of Tomorrow Symposium at the London Symphony Orchestra, St. Luke's building UK, and Aerocity, Delhi, India Sponsored by Ford.
TED/Paul Clarke


The NYU Gallatin Climate Change Initiative: A Conference

Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, NYU Department of Anthropology, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, and The Climate Working Group
When it comes to climate change, the work of scientists is conclusive: in the past half-century, that work has produced a widely accepted consensus that the planet is warming and that humans are responsible. Though scientists must continue to monitor the amount of warming and to track its effects, climate change is a complex problem whose unfolding will reach beyond such analysis. Recognizing this, scholars in fields other than the natural sciences have recently begun to mobilize their disciplinary expertise to respond to climate change.


Tallinn Architecture Biennale - TAB with Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim

bioTallinn is the theme for TAB 2017 curated by architect, urban designer, and ecologist Claudia Pasquero. Symposium participants include; 

Raul Järg, Chairman or the Estonian Centre of Architecture, and Co-Director of TAB.

Lucy Bullivant PhD, curator, author. Place vision strategist and founder/creative director of Urbanista.org.

Bart Lootsma, historian, theoretician, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts, Dean and Professor for Architectural Theory at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Innsbruck.

Marco Poletto, architect and co-founder, ecoLogicStudio, London.

Marcos Cruz, architect, Professor of Innovative Environments, the Bartlett, UCL (University College London) Faculty of the Built Environment, London, and founding director, biotA Lab, UCL.

Matias del Campo, Taubman College - University of Michigan

Mitchell Joachim PhD, architect, co-founder, Terreform ONE, NYC, and Associate Professor at NYU.

Exhibits and talks by Rachel Armstrong, 
Areti Markopoulou, Alisa Andrasek, Maj Plemenitas, Edouard Cabay, Heather Barnett, Emmanouel Zaroukas, Renee Puusepp, Gilles Retsin and more.



DETAIL Congress: Transformation - Architecture in Change in Frankfurt

Society is changing, and so is urban space. Individualization, hybridization, and fragmentation processes are also increasingly manifest in the physical space: shopping malls, urban entertainment centers, gated communities, urban gardening, community housing and gentrification processes characterize and alter the urban space. Architects, city planners and the municipal administration must, therefore, reflect the status quo critically and shape change. For urban space is only viable if the stock is intelligently transformed and the new is integrated sensitively. Strategic strategies for urban, rural and infrastructure, which are resilient and socially compatible, are necessary.

Birgitte Bundesen Svarre, Gehl Architects, Kopenhagen
Julien Callot, lacaton & vassal, Paris
Martin Haas, haascookzemmrich STUDIO2050, Stuttgart
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE, New York
Caroline Nagel, COBE Architects, Kopenhagen
Tobias Nolte, Certain Measures, Berlin/Boston
Alexander Rieck, Fraunhofer-Institut, Stuttgart
Rudi Scheuermann, ARUP, Berlin
Christian Veddeler, UNStudio, Amsterdam; in Kooperation mit MDT-tex


New book: School of the Earth 2061

Anker, Peder and Mitchell Joachim (eds.) School of the Earth: Gallatin Reimagined 2061, CreateSpace.

School of the Earth is a vision for what the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University should be like in 2061 at Albert Gallatin's 300th birthday. The envisioned new school is designed with our planet in mind. It is a building designed to fit the local ecosystem. This book was born from a dedicated class of students lead by professors Peder Anker and Mitchell Joachim. Humans have done enough taking, the students argue, and it is time to start giving back. Giving back to our planet and each other. The world is more connected than ever before and it is only going to become increasingly more intertwined and complicated. School of the Earth is about the necessity of connection, not only from human to human but between nature and people as well. The new vision for the Gallatin School is complete with visionary images and a model created to educate students and the public that not only is it possible for humans to exist while giving back, but that we can help make the planet a better, healthier place for the future as well.





Terreform ONE in Abitare: Cricket Shelter Insect Farm Project

Silvia Botti, Fabrizio Gallanti. "Editorial," and "Nuovi ibridi/ New Hybrids," Abitare,  No. 567, pp. 17, 38-47 Sept. 2017.


Global Wellness Institute with Mitchell Joachim

The Future of Wellness in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry Roundtable and Forum at Steelcase NY.

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology with Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE Cricket Shelter and Farm at the 10-day, world-scale biennial design festival. In partnership with the United Nations, EDIT will celebrate the intersection of design, innovation, and technology in shaping our future for the better. Visitors will be dazzled by a collection of pavilions that draw on four major themes: Shelter, Nourish, Care and Educate. Guest-curated by contemporary leaders, the exhibitions will demonstrate the most inspiring design, innovation, and technology solutions to real-world problems.


The School of The New York Times with Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim

Writing The Subway: Mobility and Technology in New York.
Faculty: Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Metro reporter The New York Times, 
Mitchell Joachim, Maria Aiolova and Vivian Kuan, Urban Designers, Terreform ONE

Identify challenges in urban design, focusing on transportation and mobility issues, and explore the concept of “urbaneering” as you imagine the future of cities.



Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near Future at New Lab, Terreform ONE

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Imminent Commons: The Debates Part I

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Beatriz Colomina, David Benjamin, Jesse Le Cavelier, Keller Easterling, Laura Kurgan, Maider Llaguno, Mark Wigley, Martino Stierli, Mitchell Joachim and more.

Within the scope of the Seoul Biennale of architecture and urbanism 2017, co-directed by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Hyungmin Pai, Actar publishers and urbanNext are going to promote the publication "Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near Future”, three months before the international conferences and exhibitions. 

Seoul Biennale proposes a set of basic commons—an evolving network of agencies, resources, and technologies—as the critical issue in the move towards a sustainable and just urbanism. As an alternative to the modern city, the Seoul Biennale proposes 9 commons—four resources of air, water, energy, and earth, and five commonalities of connecting, making, moving, recycling, sensing—as the foundation of a new urban cosmopolitan. The Seoul Biennale presents these intertwined commons as technologies, practices, and spaces that traverse institutional and market mechanisms. 

Mitchell Joachim and Christian Hubert. "The End of Waste? Towards a Socio-Ecological Commons," Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near FutureAlejandro Zaera-Polo and Hyungmin Pai (eds.), Actar, 2017, pp. 318 - 333.

Wednesday, June 28th, 6:30-8:30 PM @ New Lab Event Space

Join Terreform ONE and urbanNext for the launch of the book “Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near Future” in NY. There will be a roundtable discussion led by Alejandro Zaera-Polo, with speakers such as Mitchell Joachim, Maider Llaguno and Keller Easterling. The roundtable discussion will be followed by Q+A and a reception. 
Please RSVP to press@actar-d.com.


Lecture at NextGen with Mitchell Joachim in Washington, D.C.

HD NextGen Forum is presented by Hospitality Design is an invitation-only conference that blends education, inspiration, business, and networking for the next generation of hospitality design leaders. From inspirational keynotes to the influential leaders of the Owners’ Roundtable, our speakers lineup is sure to motivate and educate.


There Is No Planet B

This post is part of a series on the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) held in Paris, France.
Anker, Peder, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim. 2015. “There Is No Planet B: A Message from NYU’s Gallatin Global Design Professors – Part 1.” 
See more at: http://www.envirosociety.org/2015/12/there-is-no-planet-b-part-1/#sthash.PLnNAogO.dpuf


International Interior Design Association with Mitchell Joachim

International Interior Design Association, (IIDA) at Four Seasons Atlanta, Georgia.
Speaker: Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, co-founder of Terreform ONE and associate professor of Practice at New York University.
Honoree: Liset Robinson, IIDA, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP, SEED, associate chair of interior design, Savannah College of Art and Design.

Cities of the future on Planete+

Directed by Marc Aderghal
"Cities of the future" (Les villes du futur) aired on Planete+ on March 3rd 2017.

This 52 minutes documentary explores possible futures for our cities and how we may live in them by 2050. From Singapore to New York via Kayelitsha, South Africa's second largest township, architecture, transports and the part people will play in cities are investigated. This documentary is part of a series called "Dream the future", broadcast on Planete+ in France.


Pagina99 with Terreform ONE

Article: "rifugi post-apocalittici, Terreform ONE" (post-apocalyptic shelters, Terreform ONE) published in the italian weekly magazine "pagina99". April 2017 pp. 17.


Symposium on Climate Change at NYU Paris

NYU Paris 
A symposium on climate change brings together faculty from NYU Global sites as well as faculty from Washington Square, to explore questions that emerge surrounding climate change and the humanities (very broadly construed).

Participants address climate change under different points of view, with a research in history, literary and theatre studies, cultural studies, the fine arts, anthropology, ethnology, architecture, urban planning, and design.

The goal of this meeting is two-fold: first, to create a conversation about these issues that is high level, small-scale, comparative and interdisciplinary; and second, to build intellectual networks among NYU affiliated faculty in many different locations.

Thanks To: Gallatin Dean Susanne Wofford, the NYU Global Research Initiative, and to NYU Global Programs for their support. Special thanks to our hosts at NYU Paris: Benoit Bolduc Morwena L’Henoret Armand Erba And thanks to Peder Anker, our Faculty Convenor, and to Melissa Daniel and Allison Jungkurth for making arrangements from New York.


The Future of Food hosted by Paul D. Miller

1Future, Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky, and the Alchemist's Kitchen; A discussion with leading creative voices engaging with the issue of climate change. As we amplify the connection between creativity and science, we will create a path towards solutions. Visionaries from the world of food and entomophagy discuss the next frontier in food: nutritious and sustainably farmed, insects. 

Robyn Shapiro - Creator of Seek
Joseph Yoon - Chef & Owner of Yummy Eats and Dinner Echo
Mitchell Joachim - Co-Founder of Terreform ONE
Tilo Fola - the Alchemist's Kitchen's master chef



Storefront for Art and Architecture Manifesto Series: At Extremes with Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE

Each iteration of Storefront’s Manifesto Series invites participants to denounce a present or past condition, proclaim an alternative present, past or future situation, and indicate a strategy or method of action.

Jordan Carver, Mitchell JoachimJanette Kim, Lola SheppardAndy Vann, and Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss

About the Book:
Bracket is an almanac that highlights emerging critical issues at the juncture of architecture, environment, and digital culture. The series looks at thematics in our age of globalization that are shaping the built environment in unexpected yet radically significant ways.


Intelligent Infrastructure: Zipcars, Invisible Networks Urban Transformation

University of Virginia Press released "Intelligent Infrastructure: Zipcars, Invisible Networks Urban Transformation" by Therese Tierney with an essay and cover by Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE. 
This book argues that knowledge of both the visible and invisible components--information, energy, sustainability, transportation, housing, and social practices--are critical to understanding the urban environment. The dynamic and diverse cast of contributors includes Mitchell Schwarzer, Frederic Stout, Anthony Townsend, Carlo Ratti of the MIT SENSEable City Lab, Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE, and many other innovators who are changing the urban landscape.

ORDER HERE: http://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/4831


XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design by Mitchell Joachim and Michael Silver, ACTAR

Mitchell Joachim and Michael Silver. XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design, ACTAR Publishers.

Architecture must not only be functionally green, but its formal, conceptual and physical properties also need to constitute a novel and integrated living material system, one that can flourish within the larger world around it. 

XXL-XS represents the emerging discipline of ecological design by assembling a wide range of innovators with diverse interests. Geo-engineering, synthetic biology, construction site co-robotics, low-energy fabrication, up-cycling waste, minimally invasive design, living materials, and molecular self-assembly are just a few of the important advances explored in the book. At one extreme are massive public works, at the other, micro to nano-sized interventions that can have equally profound impacts on our world. From terraforming to bio-manufacturing, a whole new generation of designers is proposing unique ways of confronting the difficult challenges ahead. In this way design becomes a totality of relationships that affects all disciplines, which can no-longer be thought of as self-contained fields, each handled separately by narrowly focused specialists. Globalization demands a restructuring of the profession, as we know it. This requires a new breed of generalists who can work across fields and engage research on multiple sites around the globe. Today we need planetary designers versed in the craft of integral design.

Our thesis is therefore both global and performative in scope. We need an architecture that is more than just a constellation of bio-picturesque images, digitally generated surface effects, and conventional materials. We seek a holistic architecture that uses the best techniques to connect directly with existing natural systems while creating a renewed ecology that can sustain itself well into the future. Along these lines, many of the projects featured in this book simply abandon the old tropes and construction processes of the past by creating numerous green alternatives that proliferate along unexpected pathways.

Foreword by Michelle Addington and project contributions by Lateral Office, Mason WhiteLola Sheppard, BIG, Bjarke IngelsKai-Uwe BergmannRachel Armstrong, Clouds AO, Terreform ONE, Maria AiolovaNurhan GokturkVivian Kuan, Andrew Maynard, Magnus Larsson, Vincent Callebaut, Michael Van Valkenburgh, Melanie Fessel, Höweler + Yoon, B+U, Eric Howeler, Hugh Broughton, Bittertang, Antonio Torres, Pneumastudio, Chris PerryCathryn Dwyre, Pablo Garcia, Split Studio, Jason Vigneri-Beane, Doug Jackson, Mark Neveu, Kokkugia, Roland Snooks, Future Cities Lab, Ferdinand Ludwig, François Roche, Studio KCA, Marcin Jakubowski, The Living, Chris Woebken, Zbigniew Oksiuta, ecoLogicStudio, Claudia PasqueroMarco PolettoPhilip BeesleyJenny Sabin, Phil Ross, Oliver MedvedikGreg Lynn, Aurora Robson, Carlo Ratti, Rhett RussoGinger Krieg-Dosier, Rust Belt Robotics, Evan Douglis, Markus Kayser, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Skylar Tibbits, Zuloark, Martina Decker, Peter Yeadon and Genspace.
Featured Essays: Lydia Kallipoliti Jason Bellows, Stephen Cassell, David Catling, AUDC Kazys VarnelisNatalie Jeremijenko, Graham Burnett, Jessica Green, Anna Dyson, Nina Tandon, Anil Netravali, Alex FelsonIoanna Theocharopoulou
Cover Design: berger + stadel + walsh



AIA Connection Interview w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

AIA YAF Connection 14.06  
Published on Dec 20, 2016  
The architecture and design journal of the Young Architects Forum
Phillip Anzalone, AIA
Jeff Pastva, AIA LEED AP 
Terreform ONE'S Cricket Shelter and Farm