GSD Alumni: Terreform ONE

GSD BRAINS + BROOKLYN BRAWN = INNOVATIVE LAB: On a lovely summer evening in late July, 150 GSD students, alumni and friends gathered on a Brooklyn rooftop, as the sun set over Manhattan. The site was the New Lab a project infused with the energy and creativity of GSD alumni and friends. The lab inhabits a temporary facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard where innovation in design, prototyping and new manufacturing are de rigueur. Embracing the Navy Yard’s industrial past, the New Lab envisions the “sustainable industrial park of the future” – it provides equipment, office space and other resources for tenants, creating an incubator for design and entrepreneurship. Hosted in the lab’s temporary Beta site, guests looked out onto the construction of the new 84,000 square foot facility, designed by GSD alumni John Marvel (MArch ‘86). The cocktail reception was co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Relations Office and Mitch Joachim (MAUD ’02) and Maria Aiolova (MAUD '02), co-founders of Terreform ONE, a tenant in the New Lab, which “aims to integrate the ecological possibilities of New York City and inspire like-minded projects in urban centers worldwide.”