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.