Material ConneXion with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Materials for an Extreme Future: Webinar Series - Design Against Extinction

Microsoft Lecture Series: Mitchell Joachim - Design with Life

As part of Microsoft’s Sustainability Speaker Series, TED Fellow, ecological architect, and mad scientist Dr. Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE brings together a candid crowd of experts to talk about the future of sustainability and his mission to use the power of design to combat planetary extinction. His new book, Design With Life, written with his co-founder Maria Aiolova, looks at acts of ecological design that showcase the potential of designing with nature, not against it. From worm-eating styrofoam incinerators to butterfly sanctuary double-skin facades and cricket sex pods, Terreform One shows us some of their most radical visions for ecology’s role in the survival of our planet. Joachim and Aiolova will be joined by Dr. Peder Anker and author, Charles C. Mann, to discuss how biological processes can create resilient answers to tomorrow’s most pressing urban challenges. This talk is moderated by Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky and sponsored by The Microsoft Garage.

Check out Actar Publishers or Amazon for your personal copy of Design With Life.


Dezeen with Terreform ONE Mitchell Joachim

Dezeen Virtual Design Festival and Book Launch for Design with Life, Actar Publications.
VDF has teamed up with Terreform ONE: authors Mitchell Joachim, Julia Watson, Eran Chen and Paul Miller in a live discussion about sustainable design in a post-coronavirus world.


IAAC BITS 9 Black Ecologies with Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Black Ecologies Manuel Gausa, Areti Markopoulou, Jordi Vivaldi. Actar 2020.

The IAAC BITS journal is a collective container of knowledge developed by the Advanced Architecture Group of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. The journal collects material stimulating, promoting and developing research in the diverse areas of Advanced Architecture through a multi-disciplinary approach. With the 9th issue, IAAC BITS is entering a new editorial phase pushing research, generating dialogue and presenting novel ideas and solutions for the current global challenges.



Humans of Construction with Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Humans of Construction Exhibition at New York Build, Javits Center. Photography featuring the most influential and inspiring professionals working in New York's built environment. #NewYorkBuild


BOOK LAUNCH! Design with Life w/ Terreform ONE at Institute for Public Knowledge

BOOK LAUNCH! Design with Life: #Biotech #Architecture and #Resilient #Cities by Mitchell Joachim & Maria Aiolova / Terreform ONE with Paul D. Miller Actar Publishers
March 11th, at 6-8 PM
Institute for Public KnowledgeNYU
20 Cooper Sq, 2nd Floor 
New York, NY


A New View, Terreform ONE wins project with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge

Terreform ONE’s entry uses mealworms to devour polystyrene waste.

The Bio-Informatic Digester is a machine in the garden that utilizes mealworms to eat styrofoam packaging from e-waste. At the base, the tesseract showcases mealworms devouring community donated styrofoam and at the top mycelium erodes over time to reveal the biodiversity graph and future projections of Camden, NJ. Tapping into Camden's roots as the first county in the state to mandate recycling, this project demonstrates a new method of biologically-driven recycling that can contribute to urban biodiversity. Furthermore, the project visualizes the often-unseen beneficial insect behavior in cities. Manifesting ecological routines into a visible spectacle is a utilitarian mechanism for building awareness and communicating intentions. Instead of burying or hiding urban metabolic infrastructure, reversing its presence is desirable. Foregrounding nature as an aestheticized and functional event in its myriad of forms is an excellent design objective. Giving citizens the capacity to see waste, energy or water systems in flux highlights their value and immediacy.

The winners are, Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi, SLO Architecture; Athena Steen and Josh Sarantitis; Tyler FuQua Creations; The Myth Makers, Donna Dodson & Andy Moerlein; Erik James Montgomery; Tom Marchetty, The Factory Workers; DKLA Design and Terreform ONE: Mitchell Joachim, Vivian Kuan, Zack Saunders, Theo Dimitrasopoulos, Nicholas Gervasi, Connor Lee Lambrecht.

Camden Mayor Frank Moran, the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts on Jan. 31 announced the eight artists who will participate in “A New View,” a winning project selected for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge that has been awarded $1 million. 

The Bio-Informatic Digester is a machine in the garden that utilizes mealworms to eat styrofoam packaging from e-waste. At the base, the tesseract showcases mealworms devouring community-donated styrofoam and at the top, mycelium erodes over time to reveal the biodiversity graph and future projections of Camden, NJ. Tapping into Camden’s roots as the first county in the state to mandate recycling, this project demonstrates a new method of biologically-driven recycling that can contribute to urban biodiversity. Furthermore, the project visualizes the often-unseen beneficial insect behavior in cities. Manifesting ecological routines into a visible spectacle is a utilitarian mechanism for building awareness and communicating intentions. Instead of burying or hiding urban metabolic infrastructure, reversing its presence is desirable. This machine will show nature as an aestheticized and functional event in its myriad of forms. It will offer the community the capacity to see waste, energy or water systems in flux – highlighting their value and immediacy.



Terreform ONE Bio-Informatic Digester at Eyes of the City, Shenzhen Biennale

The Bio-Informatic Digester is a machine in the garden that utilizes mealworms to eat styrofoam packaging from e-waste. At the base, the tesseract shaped white cube showcases mealworms devouring community donated styrofoam refuse. It erodes over time to reveal a pre-made graph of future zero-waste projections. Tapping into a new mandate of recycling, this project demonstrates a method of biologically-driven upcycling that can contribute to urban biodiversity. Furthermore, the project visualizes the often-unseen beneficial live insect behavior in cities. Manifesting ecological routines into a visible spectacle is a utilitarian mechanism for building awareness and communicating intentions. Instead of burying or hiding urban metabolic infrastructure, reversing its presence is desirable - the waste becomes compost. Foregrounding nature as an aestheticized and functional event in its myriad of forms is an excellent design objective. Giving citizens the capacity to see waste, energy or water systems in flux highlights their value and immediacy. - Terreform ONE, 2020, “Eyes of the City” Shenzhen Biennale 2019. 


Chief Curator:
Carlo Ratti
Academic Curator:
Politecnico di Torino – Michele Bonino
South China University of Technology (SCUT) – Sun Yimin
(South China-Torino Lab)
Executive Curators:
Daniele Belleri (CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati)
Edoardo Bruno (Politecnico di Torino)
Xu Haohao (SCUT)
Exhibition Venue Design:
Andrea Cassi
with James Schrader, Alberto Benetti, Niccolò Centrone, Pietro Franceschini, Serena Giardina, Rui Guan, Stephanie Lee, Federico Riches, Ina Sefgjini, Alessandro Servalli, Chenyu Xu
Freddy Curiél (Lapis Bureau)
Venue Project Manager
Liu Si
Special thanks to:
The Embassy of Italy in Beijing
The Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou
The Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) at Politecnico di Torino
INTE – International Affairs Area and China Center, Politecnico di Torino
Foundational Contributors:

Alessandro Armando, Ole Bouman, Yung Ho Chang, Thomas Chung, Giovanni Durbiano, Maurizio Vittorio Ferraris, Jeanne Gang, Dong Gong, Vicente Guallart, Matthias Hank Haeusler, Sarah Mineko Ichioka, Liu Jian, Mitchell Joachim, Kees Kaan, Annette Kim, Brian Zhang Li, Geoff Manaugh, Manfredo Manfredini, Jürgen Mayer H., Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Dietmar Offenhuber, Ingrid Paoletti, François Penz, Antoine Picon, Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, Daan Roosegaarde, Deyan Sudjic, Martijn de Waal, Albena Yaneva, Long Ying, J. Meejin Yoon, Liam Young, Philip F. Yuan


The Ove Arup Foundation Grant Winners: Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE is thankful to all of the magnificent people at The Ove Arup Foundation for their generous support of our research endeavors. 


New Book: Designs for Different Futures, Yale University Press

Fisher, Michelle Millar,  Byrne, Emmet, and Zoë Ryan (Eds.), Designs for Different Futures, Yale University Press, 2019, pp. 129. Cricket Shelter, Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE.

NXT Interview w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE by Mark Kammerbauer

Editor Mark Kammerbauer spoke to the American Mitchell Joachim, a pioneer of ecological design and urban planning, about architecture, the future, teaching and design as a process of invention.


A Living Matter with Terreform, Mitchell Joachim

APEX Media: A Living Matter: The Microorganisms Seeping Into Aircraft Manufacturing and Design 20 November 2019 by Valerie Silva.

"Mitchell Joachim, co-founder of architecture and urban design research group Terreform ONE, says, “Mycelium is also an amazing replacement for what would be used for insulation, cushions, Styrofoam or any kind of seating element. It’s literally found in nature, and we can control it. We grow it in a mold, and it shapes itself in seven days.” In collaboration with community biology lab Genspace, Terreform ONE has developed a series of benches using the material."

“A Living Matter” was originally published in the 9.5 December/January issue of APEX Experience magazine.


State of Extremes, Design Museum Holon with Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim

State of Extremes aims to show the potential of design to reveal, critique, resist, mitigate extremes and the mechanisms that drive them. At a time when our technologies, power structures and impact on the planet are engendering ever more extreme scenarios, we hope "State of Extremes" might serve as a call for moderation.


Museum of Craft and Design w/ Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim

Survival Architecture and the Art of Resilience
December 19, 2019–May 3, 2020
Museum of Craft and Design
San Francisco, CA
Participating artists and studios include Andrew Maynard Architecture, Alejandro Aravena, Vincent Callebaut, Davison Design, Tina Hovsepian, IKEA Foundation, Chris Jordan, Liam Kelly, Thomas L. Kelly, Jingyang Liu Leo, Mary Mattingly, Achim Menges, Gerard Minakawa, William McDonough and Partners, Peta Fend and Malgorzata Pawlowska, The Empowerment Plan, Journeyman Pictures, Pedro Reyes, Phil Ross, Terreform ONE and Mitchell Joachim, Tomas Saraceno, Kevin Jin He and Won Ryu, and ZO-Loft Architecture and Design. Curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg, Art Works for Change.


American Planning Association NY Lecture with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE


Urban planners and designers must shift fundamental thinking and practices around how we develop land and our cities. We can dramatically reshape the way we structure our living environs by applying the principles of biophilic urbanism to land use planning and urban design.

Jennifer Bolstad, RLA, LEED AP, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design.
Sarah Charlop-Powers, Natural Areas Conservancy. 
Emory Grace Lee, AICP ENV SP, Insight Civil.
Mitchell Joachim, PhD, Terreform ONE.
Walter Meyer, ASLA, LEED AP, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design.
Eric Sanderson, PHD, Wildlife Conservation Society.



Oculus AIA Magazine, The Future of Materials with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Julia Van Den Hout, "Inside Track," Oculus, Volume 81, Issues 3 and 4, Fall 2019.
Three faces of in-house R and D show how architecture can harness the environment.

While the R+D teams at firms like BIG and KPF work within the larger framework of the design practice, research is the primary driving force at Terreform One. Set up as a non-profit “research consultancy,” Terreform One has an ultrafine focus: “We’re a think tank for ideas about the city, especially ideas that relate to what we call socio-ecological design.” This is not to be mistaken with “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” design, which founder Mitchell Joachim notes are too frequently employed as empty terms.

Joachim is the first to admit that his adverse response to these more traditional labels may be a limitation. “Socio-ecological design is a mouthful,” he says, “and it stinks from a branding perspective.” More imperative here, however, is the need to solve problems. “We have the statistics,” he adds. “We have the ability to author designs that do make sense and have a relationship to the Earth’s metabolism.” First and foremost, Terreform One’s goal is therefore to “design against extinction,” a tagline that should catch anyone’s attention. With rapid climate change, species are disappearing at an unimaginable rate.



Terreform ONE in WNET Public Media

S1 E5: Nature-- Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial | Climate Artists: Go inside Nature-- Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, an exhibit that features over 60 collaborations between designers, scientists, engineers, environmentalists, and academics to find inventive and promising solutions to environmental and social challenges. #ClimateArtists



BUNKER TALK Mitchell Joachim and Ferdinand Ludwig at Architecture Gallery, Munich

BUNKER TALK Mitchell Joachim and Ferdinand Ludwig Transformations - Munich Mushroom Talks, Drinks, Harvest and Mushroom Dinner: Friday, 11th October 2019 at 7pm With the ArchitekturkulturStiftung we cordially invite you to lectures and discussions about the challenge to design in symbiosis with nature. In addition to inspiring talks, we look forward to harvesting with you in the Munich Mushroom and enjoying a delicious mushroom dinner by top chef Markus Camera at the Architekturgalerie München in Bunker. Welcome Nicola Borgmann Architekturgalerie München Melanie Hammer ArchitekturkulturStiftung Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE, New York City Ferdinand Ludwig Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture, TUM Architekturgalerie München im BUNKER Blumenstrasse 22, 80331 München Organizer: Architekturgalerie München e.V. Munich Mushroom at Architekturgalerie München im Bunker in Burckhardt+Partner‘s exhibition Transformations. Architekturgalerie München, Christian Schühle, Martin Kühfuss, hks architekten, ARCHITEKTURKULTURSTIFTUNG https://www.architekturgalerie-muenchen.de/programm/detail/news/detail/News/bunker-talk.html

Design Intelligence Quarterly with Mitchell Joachim, Vivian Kuan, Terreform ONE

Bob Fisher, "Designing Against Extinction with Terreform ONE," Design Intelligence Quarterly #3, 2019 pp. 14-17.


List of Film, TV, and Media Events with Mitchell Joachim at Terreform ONE

Design “Spring Dialogues," Mitchell Joachim Interview, Daniella Ohad Smith.
Planete+, “Cities of the Future,” (Les villes du futur), Director, Marc Aderghal.
UrbanNext, “Design & Waste,” Interview, Ramon Prat.
CBS News NY, “Brooklyn Farm To Sell Cricket Snack Bites,” Ali Bauman.
WPIX-TV, “Futuristic cricket farm in Brooklyn Navy Yard,” Rick Boone.
Radio Disney, Green Sense Radio, “Mitchell Joachim/ Terreform ONE,” Robert Colangelo.
Night White Skies, iTunes Podcast, “Mitchell Joachim Interview,” Host, Sean Lally.
POLITICO Online, “Bio City,” What Works: Urban Innovators, mini-documentary.
BRIC TV, “Terreform One: Designing for Climate Change,” Charlie Hoxie.
Tech Times, “Biohacking the Future of NYC w/ Terreform ONE,” Stacey Szewczyk.
WTOP Federal News Radio/ NSF “Why Buy a Chair,” Host, Randy Atkins.
“Human Ignition,” feature film, Mario Andretti, Harald Belker, Burn Media.
Vice Media, Upwardly Mobile with AT&T at Terreform ONE, Nina Horowitz.
Fox 5 News, “The Big Idea: Terreform ONE The Living House,” Sharon Crowley.
Arte TV, “Growing Architecture,” Justine Gourichon and Sophie Peyrard.
BBC, “The thinking, Breathing Buildings on the Horizon,” Philip Beesley, Stephen Dowling.
Cool Hunting “Rough Cut: DJ Spooky at the Met,” Gaspard Nemec.
WPR, (Wisconsin Public Radio), Veronica Rueckert Show, Marika Suval.
WNET, Thirteen, “Renaissance at the Brooklyn Navy Yard,” Georgia Kral.
Vice Media and Motherboard TV: “The Living House,” Jedd Thomas, Alex Pasternack. 
Heritage Radio Network: “Burning Down the House,” Curtis B. Wayne.
Discovery Channel: “Daily Planet,” Ziya Tong, CTV.
MPR, (Minnesota Public Radio), “Greening Urban Architecture,” Marianne Combs.
WTIC 1080, A Healthy Home/Healthy Planet Radio Show, Greener Living with Dr. G.
Comedy Central: “The Colbert Report: Mitchell Joachim,” Stephen Colbert.
CNBC: The Business of Innovation, “Reshaping Cities,” Maria Bartiromo.
Honda: “DREAM THE IMPOSSIBLE: Mobility 2088,” Derek Cianfrance.
Big Think, Interview, New York, NY.
CBC Radio Winnipeg, John Sadoway.
BrightTALK: The Carborexic City, webcast lecture, NY.
Discovery Channel: “NextWorld,” Rob Cohen.
NHPR, Word of Mouth, “Redesigning Cities for the Future,” Virginia Prescott.
Earth and Sky, "Recipe for a Sustainable City,” Jeremy Shere.
PBS: “Special on Future NYC,” Zero Point Zero Production.
Sundance Channel: “The Green, Big Ideas for a Small Planet,” Episode, Build.
Discovery Channel: “Future Car,” Episodes – Extremes, Body, and Brain.
The Hour on CBC, Hilary Doyle.
Home and Garden TV: “Extreme Living,” Episode, Fab Tree Hab.
CTV: Canada AM today, Fab Tree Hab.
CKNW Radio: “Nightline BC with Michael Smyth”.
Institute without Boundaries: “World House Project,” Episode 1, Fab Tree Hab.
Z95 Radio: “Nat and Drew in the Morning”.
VOOM HD Networks, Gallery HDTV: “Artland: USA,” Illuminations Media.
BBC Television Documentary: “Future of Architecture,” Dan Cruickshank.


Designs for Different Futures, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim

Designs for Different Futures, Philadelphia Museum of Art, with Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim, and Cricket Shelter + Farm.

The role of designers in shaping how we think about the future is the subject of a major exhibition that will premiere at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this fall. Designs for Different Futures brings together some 80 works that address the challenges and opportunities that humans may encounter in the years, decades, and centuries ahead. Organized by and on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Art Institute of Chicago. 
"Some of these possibilities will come to fruition, while others will remain dreams or even threats,” said Kathryn Hiesinger, the J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700, who coordinated the exhibition in Philadelphia with former assistant curator Michelle Millar Fisher. 



The Explorers Club lecture with Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE for Climate Week

The Explorers Club presents: Actions

Bill McKibben - "Timing is everything: seizing this climate moment​"

Educator, Environmentalist, and founder of 350.org Bill McKibben will reflect on the thirty years since the 1989 publication of The End of Nature, the first book for a general audience on what was then called the greenhouse effect. 

In that time, the crisis has grown greatly in severity--what were warnings have become bulletins from the front lines. But we've also seen engineers provide possible solutions--and the rise of a movement to push hard for them. So now we're at the critical moment: can we make things happen fast enough to matter?

How creative responses to the climate crisis can be explored by scientists, architects, composers, and explorers. Actions is an evening that crosses disciplines to show how proactive and dynamic responses to our ongoing climate crisis can reshape the way we think of the human-caused issues in the global environment.

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, is a composer, multimedia artist, and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues.

Valorie Valentine Aquino is a scientific researcher, anthropological archaeologist, and movement building strategist, who is proud to have the Philippine Islands as her birthplace. She is Executive Director and co-founder of March for Science, the largest decentralized grassroots science advocacy and activism group.

Mitchell Joachim is Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor of at NYU. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”.

Jacquelyn Francis, MS Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University, is the founder and a Director of the Global Warming Mitigation Project (GWMP), a non-profit dedicated to finding pathways to activate and accelerate climate solutions in order to reduce global greenhouse gasses and increase uptake of carbon. Ms. Francis created and serves as Executive Director of the Keeling Curve Prize (KCP), the initial program of the GWMP. The KCP competition has awarded half a million dollars to 20 ongoing efforts around the world in the last 2 years.



Design Futures Council, lecture Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

DFC Leadership Summit on the FUTURE of Environmental Responsibility SEPTEMBER 09-10, 2019 | MINNEAPOLIS, MN Our world is facing ever-increasing needs and demands. Environmental responsibility is the answer to the question of one of the deepest issues of our time. Together, we can provide innovative solutions to take care of the world we all live in and drive transformative change…for a better future.


Me Convention, lecture w/ Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Mitchell Joachim, Keynote, Me Convention, Frankfurt, DE

What does the future hold? This question has fascinated us since the dawn of mankind – because if we know what lies ahead, we might be able to control it. But what if we flipped that question around and asked: What do we want our future to look like? And what can we do to make it happen? At the 2019 me Convention, we’ll examine the current state of the world, create a vision for a better future and uncover how to bridge the gap. We won’t settle for one-size-fits-all solutions but instead look at different perspectives, approaches, and dilemmas in an attempt to foresee the unforeseen. Designed as a ‘future lab’, we won’t just talk about the future – we’ll explore, experiment and learn from each other to go home with the skills, optimism, and sense of urgency to start creating the world we want to see.


Rethinking Animals Summit w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

The Unsustainable Cost of Our Treatment of Other Species
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE lecture at SVA for Thinking Animals United. 

The massive global exploitation of animals is worsening. In this unsettled political climate, the protection and conservation of animals are sorely neglected. The Endangered Species Act is itself endangered, and looming federal cuts to science and environmental protection threaten critical animal habitat and well-being.



Food Interactions Catalogues: Collection Best Practices w/ Terreform ONE

Chiara Farinea, "Production to Distribution, Cricket Shelter Terreform ONE," pp. 91, 100-103.

Food Interactions Catalogue - Collection of Best Practices is a publication of Creative Food Cycles, a project co-funded by The Creative Europe Programme of the European Union edited by: IAAC _ Institut d’Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya, Barcelona, LUH _ Chair of Regional Building and Urban Planning, Hannover, UNIGE _ DAD, Department of Architecture and Design, Genova. 
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The Guardian - Cities from Scratch w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Nick Van Mead, Cities from Scratch, The Guardian, July 11th, 2019.
"Yesterday's tomorrow today: what we can learn from past urban visions," 
From the article: "In recent years, synthetic biologist Rachel Armstrong has proposed growing an artificial reef below Venice to stop the city sinking into the sea. Meanwhile, American architect Mitchell Joachim envisages houses grown in a laboratory from pig cells."



Terreform ONE in Architectural Record on the Monarch Sanctuary

"The Monarch Sanctuary, a project by Mitchell Joachim and Vivian Kuan of the nonprofit research group Terreform ONE, proposes a New York building with a double-glass facade. Inside the cavity between its two skins is a 30,000-square-foot sanctuary—in the form of a vertical meadow with regulated temperature and humidity—where threatened butterflies can breed during their annual migration."


Terreform ONE on cover of Eco-Cities for Kids

Ecosteden by Susanne Neutkens
Dutch publisher Ars Scribendi - Terreform ONE illustrates the cover of an educational textbook on Eco-Cities for children of 10-14 years old in the Netherlands.


Dwelling in the Future: Imagining Tomorrow's City w/ Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Museum of the City of New York, Housing Tomorrow's City lecture series, Featuring design researcher Alix Gerber, architect Mitchell Joachim, science fiction writer Sam Miller, and artist Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde. An evening of presentations and discussion. Moderated by K.A. Dilday, the senior editor at CityLab.