City Vision Magazine Interview w/ Mitchell Joachim

Francesco Lipari and Federico Giacomarra, "The Art of Cities, Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE," City Vision magazine, issue #7, autumn/winter 2012, pp. 64-71. 
This issue is dedicated to paleofuture (or retro-future), a trend in the creative arts showing the influence of depictions of the future imagined in the past.

Innovations Management

INNOVATIONSMANAGER (Innovations Management) magazine, Terreform ONE, Fab Tree Hab, Dec. 2012, DE. pp. 6-7.


Open Science Challenge Award

Tri-State Open Science Challenge Awards $16K to Four Citizen Scientists
Assay Depot and Genspace announce winners and award funding for research projects;

  • Kazi Yasin Helal – working on enzyme-based stain removal
  • Peter Yeadon – constructing a bimolecular sensor system for arsenic and other chemicals
  • Terreform ONE team* – building genetically generated furniture

SAN DIEGO CA &; NEW YORK NY — Assay Depot Inc., the world’s largest online research services marketplace, and Genspace selected four citizen scientists as winners for the first Tri-State Open Science Challenge. 
*Full roster of Terreform ONE: Mitchell Joachim PhD, Melanie Fessel, Maria Aiolova, Corrie Van Sice, James Schwartz, Josue Ledema, Tania Doles

There's a Future: Visions for a Better World

Mitchell Joachim, Melanie Fessel, Terreform ONE, "Rethinking Urban Landscapes; Self-Supported Infrastructure, Technology, and Territory", Francisco González, ed., There's a Future: Visions for a Better World, BBVA Publication, 2012. pp. 249-275.


metaLAB Lecture at Harvard

Lecture at metaLAB, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University at the experimental "Labrary" for the Networks & Natures series.


Design Miami - Vito Acconci in conversation with Mitchell Joachim

Design Talks: The Design Pioneers program presents the design world’s most compelling current topics, bringing together the creatives, collectors and critics actively influencing design discourse and production at Design Miami.
Speakers; Diane von Furstenberg and Stefano Tonchi
, Vito Acconci and Mitchell Joachim
, Wendell Castle and Alasdair Gordon.


Gen2Seat on Exhibition

Gen2Seat; Genetic Generation Seat on display for 
Cartographies Of Hope: Change Narratives Exhibition at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague.
Exhibiting artists: Daniel García Andújar, Kader Attia, Eva Bakkeslett, Michael Bielicky and Kamila Richter, Matthew Connors, Teddy Cruz, Amy Franceschini, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Michael Joaquin Grey, Ingo Günther, Toril Johannessen, Fran Ilich, OS Kantine, Krištof Kintera, Kitchen Budapest, Kultivator, Suzanne Lacy, Steve Lambert, Daniel Latorre and Natalia Radywyl, Lize Mogel, Naeem Mohaiemen, Nils Norman, Christian Nold, Sascha Pohflepp and Karsten Schmidt, Morgan Puett, Oliver Ressler, Abu Bakr Shawky, Superflex, Terreform ONE, Krzysztof Wodiczko,  The Yes Men and Ztohoven.


Huff Post GREEN

Exploring Socio-Ecological Design With Mitchell Joachim

by Frances Du and Denise Lu
From Huffington Post Green; "We recently had a chance to sit down with Mitchell Joachim, an associate professor at NYU and co-president of Terreform ONE, a nonprofit design organization based in Brooklyn that champions green design in urban areas."


Mitchell Joachim at The Institute for Public Knowledge

This event is open to NYU affiliates and by request. 
Nov 12, 2012 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) 
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Main Conference Room 

From the IPK website; The Institute for Public Knowledge will host a series of conversations on cities. The meetings will feature presentations of new research by faculty from all parts of the university, and ample time for debate. We hope that the City Talks series will become a vibrant forum for discussions about the state and fate of the metropolis, and that it will promote the development of collaborative, multidisciplinary projects by NYU's extraordinary roster of urban specialists.


Wired UK, Urbaneering by Mitchell Joachim

Editor: David Baker, The WIRED World in 2013, pp. 89-90.

Urban design is at an impasse, unable to heal the rift between theory and practice and stuck in esoteric arguments such as “landscape urbanism” (concepts that favor landscape over architecture in order to plan a city) and “new urbanism” (schemes that promote historical pedestrian-centered neighborhood developments). Think of the Prince Charles-endorsed Poundbury in Dorset versus the West 8-designed interactive open spaces of Schouwburgplein in Rotterdam. Both of these concepts have their merits yet fail to coalesce on a holistic idea of the future city. So who should design our cities of the future? At ONE Lab, we feel we have found a solution with urbaneering: an interdisciplinary approach to urban design that will give us smarter cities. It will incorporate social-media platforms with citizen-design power. Everyday people will codesign alongside interdisciplinary teams to shape a clear lexicon of the future city.
Urban design has always been interdisciplinary, but it has not been revamped since its formal inception in the 50s. Urbaneering will involve urban designers in a huge range of ideas: crowdsourcing; DIY projects; localized renewable energy; shared transport, democratized e-government/e-commerce; high-throughput computation; biotechnology; and landscape ecology. It combines architecture, urbanism, ecology, media arts and community building, and will reinvent the complex mix of the city.
Urbaneers will have a set of skills and abilities that merge previously disparate occupations. Today, city government and grassroots movements have broader and more complex demands than single-discipline professionals can meet. We must break away from insular territories of knowledge. In its simplest form, urbaneering will attract people already working in design or planning, who want to widen their focus on cities in terms of topics such as food, water, air quality, mobility, energy and culture. The profession will include eco-based architect/engineers and action-based urban planners who put forward alternative plans for areas mired in shortsighted overdevelopment. The discipline will be home to almost any recombined professional activities, as long as they meet the constantly changing needs of urbanization. An excel- lent historical example of someone who now would be an urbaneer is Frederick Law Olmsted, the 19th-century activist who combined journalism, social action and landscape architecture to a single political end.
Urbaneering sets out to help people to become part of an initiative promoting the recalibration of the city. Projects such as London’s Canary Wharf, Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz, Barcelona’s waterfront, New York’s High Line, Masdar in the UAE and Tianjin in China already demand fresh directives. This new profession will provide them in astonishing ways. 

Mitchell Joachim is co-president of Terreform ONE, a nonprofit design group that promotes green design in cities (terreform.org)



NYU Gallatin Wins Bronze Medal

At the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) Regional Competition our NYU Team wins a Bronze medal for the Gen2Seat project.  Congratulations!
see the poster here;

New Book: Ecological Urban Architecture

Ecological Urban Architecture: Qualitative Approaches to Sustainability, by Thomas Schröpfer, Birkhäuser Architecture, 2012.
"The Necessity of All Scales; Planetary Design in the Age of Globality," Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE, pp. 174-184.


New Book: Architectural Inventions

Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawings
By Matt Bua and Maximillian Goldfarb, Laurence King Publishing, 2012.

Projects by Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE.


Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, MoMA

Mitchell Joachim, Maria Aiolova, Oliver Medvedik, Terreform ONE in
Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity, by William Myers, Forward by Paola Antonelli, The Museum of Modern Art, 2012, pp. 10, 58-61.


Organs Everywhere Published

Simone Ferracina, Material Shifts, Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE, Organs Everywhere, oct. 2012, pp. 60-61.


NYU Gallatin iGEM Team

We completed the iGEM (international genetically engineered machines) project with Terreform ONE and Genspace entitled; Aseatobacter - Genetic Generation Seat or Gen2Seat.
"We grow chairs. In a world full of lifeless interiors and boxed pressed wood a miracle of biology is changing the way we create our surroundings."


New Scientist magazine; Mitchell Joachim

"Grow your own home with ancient and modern tech"
By Tiffany O'Callaghan, CultureLab editor.
"An architect and designer with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mitchell Joachim is the founder of the non-profit green design group Terreform ONE and a leader in the "urbaneering" movement, which invites communities to participate in urban design projects. His latest project is a collaboration between architects and biologists to construct a biosynthetic seat. New Scientist talked to him about experimenting with synthetic biology, his controversial "meat house" project and whether one day we'll be able to grow our own homes - and villages."



I-Park Foundation with Mitchell Joachim

I-Park symposium on ephemeral art and architecture. This discussion is the culmination of a 2-week residency involving architects, poets, artists and graphic designers from Open City and the I-Park Foundation, CT.
Maya Cochrane  (Visual Artist/Architect, United Kingdom) 
Carlos Covarrubias Fernandez (Poet, Chile)
Ralph Crispino, Jr. (I-Park Founder, U.S.) 
Jose Balcells Eyquem (Sculptor, Chile)Mitchell Joachim (Architect, Terreform 1, U.S.)
Noemie Lafaurie-Debany (Landscape Architect, Balmori Associates, France/U.S.)

David Jolly Monge (Architect, Chile)
Isabel Reyes Nettle (Architect, Chile)

Tim Tsang (Composer/Musician/Performer/Producer/Remix Artist/Video Artist, Hong Kong/U.S.)

Jose Balcells Eyquem (Ciudad Abierta Founding Member/Sculptor, Chile)
        Reading the Poetic Conditions of a Place
Noemie Lafaurie-Debany (Landscape Architect, Balmori Associates, France/U.S.)
        Making Temporary Landscapes
Magnus Larsson (Architect/Journalist, Sweden/United Kingdom)
        Beyond Biomimicry: Three Ephemeral Cities
Roger Tomalty (Architect/Senior Assistant to Paolo Soleri, Arcosanti, U.S.)
       Earth Casting: Forming Thin Shell Concrete onto the Arizona Desert Surface
Mark West (Architect/Product Designer, Canada)
        Holding Time.


Making Space panel with Mitchell Joachim

University of Pennsylvania School of Design Fall 2012 Lecture Series
Featuring John McMorrough, David Fano, Jared Della Valle, Inga Saffron, Jamer Hunt, David Belt, Mitchell Joachim, Aaron Levy, Bill Adair, John Peterson, Daniel D'Oca, Sierra Bainbridge, Christine Gaspar, Toni Griffin, Maurice Cox, Ray Gastil, Ryan Gravel, Lloyd Alter, Tim Love, Matthew Passmore, Jonathan Jackson, Rory Hyde, Cliff Pearson, Diana Lind, & invited guests.


Wired Magazine: The cities of the future will be grown, not built

"The cities of the future will be grown, not built"
Written by Ian Steadman
Edited by Liat Clark
"...cities of the future will have waste-to-energy plants, not shopping malls or churches, at their centre, according to urban designer Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE."
  see full article here: 


Gen2Seat: Genetic Generation Seat

At Terreform ONE and Genspace the emergence of citizen biotech must be seen within the broader context of advanced technologies becoming ever more readily available to individuals and groups. With that availability, comes enhanced opportunities to develop new ideas. We have produced the first full-scale synthetic biological chair entitled; Genetic Generation Seat or Gen2Seat. At IGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition, we have genetically engineered the naturally occurring bacterium Acetobacter xylinum. This bacterium secretes copious amounts of cellulose, which can then be harvested and used directly as a building material. Alternatively, our goal is to create a novel strain that can also secrete the biopolymer chitin, which is normally produced by arthropods, such as insects and crustaceans. In addition, we fused mycelium blocks with the modified acetobactor to create a new biopolymer.  Applying the tools of synthetic biology, alongside other biological disciplines, such as microbiology and tissue engineering, will allow us to create products more organically, with minimal waste and energy expenditure.
Authors: Terreform ONE + Genspace, Mitchell Joachim, Oliver Medvedik, Melanie Fessel, Maria Aiolova, Ellen Jorgenson, Shruti Grover, James Schwartz, Josue Ledema, Tania Doles, Philip Weller, Greg Pucillo, Shivina Harjani, Jesse Hull.
Media: biopolymer of acetobacter, chitin, mycelium.
20"x 21"x 14".

Support/ Consultation: Ecovative Design LLC, Suzanne Lee and BioCouture.
Sponsor: NYU Gallatin.   


DLD London, Mitchell Joachim

DLD (Digital - Life - Design) is a global conference network on innovation, digital media,  science and culture which connects business, creative and social leaders, opinion-formers and investors for crossover conversation and inspiration.  
DLDcities: 21st September 2012, London
The conference tackles the topic of sustainable urbanization and tries to discover how to build "smarter" cities for a better future. www.dld-cities.com

Governors Hook Urbaneering

Future City of Governors Island + Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim, Maria Aiolova, Melanie Fessel. Hubert Studio, Christian Hubert. ONE Lab 2012.


Forum For Urban Design Fellow; Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE is a Nonprofit Fellow of the FFUD.  The Forum, based in New York City, engages its fellows through programs and publications that promote awareness of contemporary urban design’s best practices and greatest challenges.


Urbaneering in Codigo Magazine

Sandra Reyes, Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim, Urbaneering Brooklyn 2110, Código Magazine, Aug.-Sep.#70, pp. 76-78.


Digital Landscape Architecture Now with Terreform ONE

Digital Landscape Architecture Now, Thames & Hudson, 2012.
By Nadia Amoroso and Foreword, George Hargreaves.
A vital publication, this book presents work by the 50 most innovative practices across the globe. From dedicated landscape designers to architects turning their hand to the horizontal.


Dr. Joachim on Air at WPA

Over the past two centuries the U.S. urban population has ballooned to more than 82 percent. Half of the world's population now live in cities. And, every week more than a million people are being added to existing cities. How will we live healthily, sustainably and happily in the cities of the future? Guests: Mitchell Joachim, Co-President, Terreform ONE, Associate Professor at NYU and 2011 TED Senior Fellow. Wired magazine listed him in 2008 as one of "15 People the Next President Should Listen To," and Rolling Stone magazine included him in their list of "The 100 People Who Are Changing America. " Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), founder and co-chair of the Livable Communities Task Force. His many awards include: National Distinguished Service Award from the American Public Transit Association, and Honorary Memberships in the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects.

Veronica Rueckert Show
Marika Suval, Producer
Wisconsin Public Radio


Future City of Governors Island and Red Hook Brooklyn

The Urbaneers worked hard all summer to change the edge of Brooklyn. Many more images of this beautiful urban model describe our interventions in detail. A total of 42 architects, landscape architects, designers, and activists worked around the clock to make it happen at ONE Lab. Our great team at Terreform ONE initiated and conceived of this ecological project entitled; Governors Hook for the Year 2112. More soon!