TECH TIMES Biohacking The Future Of New York City With Terreform ONE

Biohacking The Future Of New York City With Terreform ONE : FUTURE TECH : Tech Times
By Stacey Szewczyk, Tech Times | December 29, 2015
Workplace directives to "think outside of the box" have become as commonplace as telecommuting and space sharing, but true innovation remains rare. What if your company's mandate was to reinvent the wheel? Terreform ONE is a Brooklyn-based design studio that uses design-thinking, biological engineering and a mixed bag of uncategorizable disciplines to do just that.
"A lot of what we're doing is in the realm of science and also in the realm of policy regulation," says co-founder Mitchell Joachim from his Brooklyn Navy Yard workshop, where projects resembling grass-sprouting lunar modules wait beside seats shaped like dinosaur vertebrae for their runs on the world's production lines. They're baffling at first glance but, once explained, they make enough design sense to have a decent shot at market attention in the next decade.


Global Design NYU Ice Action COP21

NYU Faculty and Students Stage Climate Deal Now Action

Nodes & Networks: The city as Superorganism

Nodes and Networks is a series of collective art and science experiments exploring biological systems as a model and metaphor for social intervention. Taking inspiration from slime mold navigation, bacterial communication, and insect cooperation, a group of artists, designers, and scientists are collaborating on a series of public experiments and interventions across New York City.
Adrian Fessel, biophysicist, University of Bremen
Alison Irvine, theater artist, Cut Paste Grow
Mitchell Joachim, architect, Terraform ONE
Oliver Kellhammer, artist and urban ecologist, Parsons School of Design
Sarah Kornbluth, bee ecologist, Rutgers University
Jonghyun Lee, biophysicist, University of Bremen
Colleen Macklin, games designer, Parsons School of Design
Christine Marizzi, geneticist, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Christina Oettmeier, biochemist, University of Bremen
Pia O’Neill, neuroscientist, Columbia University
Jennifer Sta. Ines, geospatial analyst, NYC Department of Transportation
Lior Zalmanson, internet researcher, NYU School of Business
Heather Barnett, artist and educator, University of the Arts London; founder, The Slime Mould Collective
Nurit Bar Shai, arts and culture director, GenSpace
Daniel Grushkin, program director, Biodesign Challenge
Julia Buntaine, director, SciArt Center
Hans-Günther Döbereiner, biophysicist, University of Bremen

Rubin Museum of Art Talk on The Fountainhead

On the surface, The Fountainhead is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the film, with a screenplay by Ayn Rand from her own novel, addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, and the threat of fascism.

AIA New York Lecture: The Edge of Practice

AIA NY The Edge of Practice - Speakers:
William D. Browning, Partner, Terrapin Bright Green LLC
Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE; Associate Professor of Practice, NYU
Amanda Lehman, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate, COOKFOX Architects. 
Pat Sapinsley, AIA, Managing Director, Cleantech Initiatives, Urban Future Lab/ NYC ACRE/ Powerbridge, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Moderator: Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief, Architectural Record

Spark Award Terreform ONE Finalist



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BRIC TV Terreform ONE Mitchell Joachim

This video is from BRIC TV— the first 24/7 television channel created by, for, and about Brooklyn. It is the borough's source for local news, Brooklyn culture, civic affairs, music, arts, sports, and technology. BRIC TV features programming produced and curated by BRIC, an arts and media nonprofit located in Downtown Brooklyn, NYC.


Storefront for Art and Architecture Closed Worlds Competition Jury

Storefront for Art and Architecture will open Closed Worlds, an exhibition of 41 living prototypes built over the last century that present an unexplored genealogy of closed resource regeneration systems. JURY members include: 
Michelle Addington, Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University.
Eva Franch, Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Mitchell Joachim, Associate Professor at NYU and Co-Founder of Terreform ONE.
Lydia Kallipoliti, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Curator of Closed Worlds exhibition.
Michael Young, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union and Principal of Young/Ayata Architects.
Supported by the Graham Foundation and the New York State Council for the Arts.


UN Headquarters Presentation by Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

UN Headquarters Event by moderator, Dutch Ambassador to the UN H.E. Karel van Oosterom. Innovative practices in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response.
• Dr. Han Seung-soo, Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction & Water
• H.E. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and the Environment
• H.E. Mr. Francisco Tenya, Deputy Representative, Permanent Mission of Peru to the UN
• Mr. Edgar Westerhof, National Director for Flood Risk and Resiliency Arcadis
• Mr. Bert Diphoorn, AKVO USA
Dr. Mitchell Joachim, Associate Professor NYU / ONE ARCHITECTURE
• Mr. Daniel Pittman, business manager Strategy / Innovation at OMA Architects



MIT Media Lab Disrupting Mobility lecture Mitchell Joachim

The Disruptive Mobility Summit brings together leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the role of disruptive innovations within the mobility networks. Media Lab Disrupting Mobility lecture Mitchell Joachim.


POLITICO Magazine - Bio City Terreform ONE’s Mitchell Joachim

POLITICO Magazine - Bio City is a mini-documentary on Terreform ONE’s Mitchell Joachim as he pushes the boundaries of architecture with experimental materials such as living trees and engineered animal tissue — to design future cities that merge with nature.


New York Exhibit Terreform ONE Post Carbon City State

Terreform ONE Post Carbon City State New York: Rezoned Circular Economy
 New York, I Love You, But…— an exhibition on the changing nature of New York City. A collection of works in painting, photography, video, architectural proposals, sculpture, and sound works from more than a dozen artists and innovators.
Nov. 5, 2015 through Jan. 26, 2016 at its 1 Washington Place.


Book Event at NYU

NYU Gallatin Event series at which professors read from recently published books, offers a glimpse into the Gallatin faculty's latest scholarship.
Peder AnkerLouise HarpmanMitchell Joachim will read from their collaborative book, Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned, which explores design solutions to address global warming.
Mitchell Joachim will also read from Super Cells: Building with Biology (co-authored with Nina Tandon), which examines technology and artworks built using cells.
Gianpaolo Baiocchi will read from The Civic Imagination: Making a Difference in American Political Life (co-authored with Elizabeth Bennett, Alissa Cordner, Stephanie Savell, and Peter Klein), which draws on ethnographic studies to understand how contemporary Americans think about and work toward social and political change.


Wood At Work Conference with Mitchell Joachim

International, interdisciplinary, and intimate event in New York City will explore the most advanced ideas, theories, and practices around wood use and forest conservation and management, and investigate the role of wood in construction, the global environment, and climate discourse -- The Wildlife Conservation Society’s world-famous Bronx Zoo, in the Schiff Family Great Hall.


Biodesign Challenge NYU Team

Students from top design schools around the country spend the semester envisioning how cells, microbes, and other living things can remake the products and processes of our made world. Mitchell Joachim is the leading faculty member for the NYU architecture and design group.


University of Virginia School of Architecture Lecture with Mitchell Joachim

Myles K. Thaler Memorial Lecture and Exhibition: Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE
University of Virginia.

Brooklyn Magazine Inside New Lab, Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE at the Navy Yard


Inside New Lab: How the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Innovation Hub Is Shaping the Future, Carey Dunne, Oct. 2015, pp. 34-36.

Who they are and what they do:
Cofounded by Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova, Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a non-profit experimental green design laboratory creating concepts to advance cities across architecture, industrial design, and landscape ecology. Think buildings made of living trees, houses made of meat, and chairs grown from mycelium.
The perks of working at New Lab:
“There is no office space like this. We’re in the center of a high-tech elf workshop. We’re a combination of a coworking space and a maker community, and we get to collaborate with people in other companies with vastly different backgrounds and skill sets.”
What’s coming next:
“For years, we’ve been working on the ‘Post Carbon City State,’ a speculative model for a future Manhattan with zero carbon footprint, made entirely of green stuff: a light rail instead of cars, buildings with sides covered in plants for better air quality, etc.,” Joachim says.
Coolest recent projects:
“The Plug-In Ecology Urban Farm Pod, a giant sphere in which you can grow food in urban areas (in apartments, on balconies or rooftops),” Terreform ONE cofounder Mitchell Joachim says. “With arduino controllers connected to an app, you can check up on how your kale is ready to eat or tomatoes aren’t yet ripe.”



Hopscotch Design Festival with Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE

Hopscotch Design Festival gathers thinkers, makers and storytellers to share ideas and foster conversations about how design is shaping the future. It features national and local presenters who work across graphic design, urban planning, user experience design, technology, architecture, music, food, film and more. Hopscotch Design will feature more than 30 interactive sessions, workshops and parties in multiple venues in downtown Raleigh, NC.


ACADIA Exhibition Terreform ONE

The ACADIA 2015 conference, titled Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene, seeks to expand the topic of environmental discourse beyond purely practical issues of “performance” as a general means of engaging experimental contemporary design that explores aesthetic, conceptual, and even philosophical levels as well. The currated projects exhibition expands on the topic while featuring recent work by cero 9Stefan BehnischNADAAANew TerritoriesPhilippe Rahmallthatissolid CASECODAEASTON+COMBSENDEMICform-ulaGeofuturesCesare GriffaHANNAHCiro Najle + Lluis Ortegapneumastudio, and Terreform ONE.


Ruler Architecture and Urban Design

Launched in 2015, Ruler is a unique full service global office of architecture, ecological planning, landscape and urban design at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York U.S.A.


The Atlantic LIVE with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

LIVE: Framing the Future: Art, Tech and What We'll Become.
Fred Dust, Partner IDEO
Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder Terreform ONE
Derek Thompson, Senior Editor The Atlantic

The program will feature immersive content and large-scale art installations that bring to life transformative tech in fields like health, urban design, energy and the environment. 


1st Place International Architecture Awards Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE has WON 1st Place for the International Architecture Awards (IAA) 2015 in Urban Design.
Jury included: Jing Liu (SO-IL), Preston Scott Cohen (USA), Keith Griffiths (Chairman, Aedas), Weichi Chen (Perkins Eastman), Gurjit Singh Matharoo (India).


Mitchell Joachim selected in "50 Under 50"

Mitchell Joachim, NYU/ Terreform ONE was honored as one of the "Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century," by jury, Stanley Tigerman, Jeanne Gang, Qingyun Ma, and Marion Weiss. Images Publishing Group (IMAGES) have released a monograph that highlights key projects. Beverly Russell, Eva Maddox, and Farooq Ameen have written the book. As a winner of the award a section in the book showcases: Urbaneering Brooklyn 2110 Self-Sufficient City, Fab Tree Hab: An Edible Prefab Home for Humanity, and Bio City Map of 11 Billion.

Russell, Beverly, Maddox Eva, and Farooq Ameen (eds). “Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE,” Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century, Images Publishing, 2015. pp. 220-225.

2050: Designing Our Tomorrow, Mitchell Joachim with Terreform ONE

"A Century of Ecological Innovation," Mitchell Joachim, 2050: Designing Our Tomorrow, Chris Luebkeman (ed.), AD (Architectural Design), Wiley, July/Aug. No. 236, pp. 68-73, 135.


How to Stop Humans From Filling the World With Trash with Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

The Atlantic, Alana Semuels, July/August 2015 Issue
"How to Stop Humans From Filling the World With Trash" 
From the article: Skyscrapers Made of Garbage
We already turn water bottles into fleece, plastic bags into deck material, roofing into pavement. But ideas abound for more-futuristic forms of recycling. Mitchell Joachim, a co-founder of Terreform ONE, a design firm based in New York, proposes crushing trash and molding it into Tetris‑esque blocks that we could use to build islands and skyscrapers. Joachim’s firm has created architectural plans for a 53-story tower made with the waste New Yorkers produce in 24 hours. A group in Guatemala called Pura Vida is already working on a low-tech version of the same idea; it promotes the use of a building material it calls an “eco-block”—just a plastic bottle stuffed with trash—that it says makes for excellent insulation and is safe in earthquakes.

Joachim, of Terreform ONE, says the planned obsolescence of products should be outlawed. So-called extended-producer-responsibility laws could require manufacturers to fund and manage the recycling of their goods so that the private sector, rather than the public, is responsible for products at the end of their life, giving companies an incentive to make their products last longer. The beginning of the cycle, not the end, might be when we can most effectively eliminate trash. 


New Projects: Plug-In Ecology, Post Carbon City State and Mycoform Surface at Terreform ONE

New Projects at Terreform ONE for the Creator Space Exhibition Sponsored by BASF. 
01. Plug-In Ecology: Urban Farm Pod
02. Post Carbon City State: Rezoned Circular Economy   
03. Mycoform Surface: Multi-Curved Mycelium Mushroom Structure 
04. Bio City World Population Map 
Photos: Micaela Rossato.