Fab Tree Hab at MoMA, July 20-Oct 20

Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
July 20th – October 20th, 2008.
The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor
Fab Tree Hab
Video installation, 2003-2008.
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform 1
Lara Greden, Javier Arbona.

QuickTime Movie: Fab Tree Hab

Special Thanks: Joey Forsyte, Velocity Filmworks, Barry Bergdoll, Peter Christensen, Graham Murdoch, Edward Ward.


Urban Design Panel, 6/27 @ 6pm, Columbia U.

Urban Design Panel:
"Sustainable Cities" Fri. June 27th @ 6-8pm Room 114, Avery Hall Columbia University Speakers: Mellisa Wright (Mayor's Office for Longterm Planning and Sustainability), Melissa Keeley (Earth Institute, Columbia University, Tobias Holler (Cook + Fox Architects, NY), Mitchell Joachim (Terreform, NY)


Walt Disney R&D presentation

We had a great presentation and discussion at Walt Disney R&D in Glendale, CA. Thank you very much to the fantastic and green VP Dr. Ben Schwegler for being such a gracious host. FACTS: Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates. Representing more than 150 disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects.


Earth & Sky Radio: Cities and Cars

Recipe for a sustainable city Earth & Sky - Austin, TX. Mitchell Joachim: Location is everything. It’s a little too nebulous to say that, ‘here’s a ton of money — please give me a city from scratch... Written by Jeremy Shere http://www.earthsky.org/radioshows/52578/recipe-for-a-sustainable-city Cars of the future Earth & Sky Mitchell Joachim: It’s really not the car that’s the problem — it’s everything from the wheel to the notion of mobility and travel in places, ... Written by Jeremy Shere http://www.earthsky.org/radioshows/52580/cars-of-the-future


Winners: Architecture for Humanity and AMD

Architecture for Humanity and AMD are pleased to announce the winners of the 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge: Digital Inclusion. The global design competition invited architects, designers and others to develop sustainable designs for technology facilities in communities that lack access to computing power. The competition received 566 registered entries from 57 countries. Fifth Place: Chocologia Washington University, St. Louis, MO. USA 1953_Kallari Faculty Advisor: Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D. Student Team: Laura Anderson- M. Arch. Carmen Cervantes- M. Arch. Lucy Colville- B.A. Cultural Geography Irene Compadre- B.A. Arch & B.F.A. Sculpture Mason Earles- Coordinator, B.A. Urban Studies Amelia Einbender-Leiber- B.A. Arch. Jake Levitas- Coordinator, B.A. Economics & Environmental Studies Emily Schlickman- B.A. International Studies & Environmental Studies Researchers: Alex Adarichev- B.A. Arch. Tess Croner- B.S. Environmental Studies Jen Fleming- M.Arch. Columbia University Brian Maurizi- PhD candidate in Mathematics Daniel Payne- B.S. Civil Engineering & Physics Jacob Rohter- B.S. Environmental Studies Jono Sanders- B.S. Mechanical Engineering David Sin- M.Arch. Columbia University


The real and the imaginary: Mitchell Joachim

L to R:
Walter Isaacson
Peter Head
Dickson Despommier
Majora Carter
Mitchell Joachim
Blaine Brownell

Science Magazine
"The real and the imaginary"
by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
The event wasn't so much about science as it was about development. Among the speakers were Mitchell Joachim, a New York designer who won the 2007 Time magazine inventor of the year award for designing -- along with MIT -- a compact, stackable city car, and Blaine Brownell (left), a University of Michigan materials researcher and architect who specializes in eco-friendly building materials.
Joachim wowed the audience with the imaginary. The animation videos he presented featured not just the stackable car -- the design of the stackable car, that is -- but also ideas such as trees networked together into natural green homes.
Brownell was next, and he riveted the audience with the real.

He didn't have videos to show; he wheeled onto the stage a cart loaded with eco-materials like polymeric fabric that converts light to power and countertop surfaces made from factory scrap. Many of these materials are already on the market or close to it, says Brownell, who is on a mission to popularize their use.
I don't know when I'll get to drive Joachim's vision: a car that bunches up like a ladder so you can park 800 of them on a New York city block and communicates with other cars to warn them about a new pothole. To me, it's a shining example of the imaginary part of science, which is often the driver of the real.


NY Times: Future Cities — and Festivals?

Future Cities — and Festivals? June 2, 2008 By John Tierney A Friday evening panel called “Future Cities” at the World Science Festival in New York, however, racked up points for positive thinking by taking its audience on virtual tours of skyscraper-farms powered by the sun; publicly-shared, zero-emission cars that can be stacked to fit 880 on a New York City block and homes made by grafting the branches of living trees. Many of the designs on display could take decades to become a reality. But that didn’t stop the audience, packed into an auditorium at New York University on a warm spring evening, from oohing and ahhing.


How will cities of the future look? ABC News

"Soft Cars," is a concept by Terreform1, a design collaborative that integrates ecological principles into urban environments. The concept not only re-invents mobility as a designed object but also redefines the user's relationship to the city. (Dr. Mitchell Joachim, Terreform) http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/technology&id=6173998

Joachim on Mongabay

Future cities will be more like ecosystems that enrich society and the environment Tina Butler, mongabay.com May 30, 2008 http://news.mongabay.com/2008/0530-tina_joachim.html

Discovery Channel: Mitchell Joachim

Not the Usual Doom and Gloom

by Nicholas Scalera


Discover Magazine at Future Cities Panel:

DIscoblog MIT’s media lab was present at the event with architect Mitchell Joachim representing. In true media lab form, Joachim came with the most far out idea of the night: Floating megacities. After climate change drowns many of our biggest cities, proposes Joachim, we just pull anchor and float them all to a location at the North Pole to create a “mega mega city.” This means New York, Hong Kong, London, and a dozen more major cities floating on some sort of barge in a dome to live together in harmony (needless to say, the details were fuzzy). Let’s hope we never see the day this plan needs legs. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2008/05/31/world-science-fair-radically-green-future-cities/