Technoetic Arts: Ten archetypes of nature in design

Ten archetypes of nature in design
Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, Vol. 14 Issue 1-2, June 2016.
Author:  Mitchell Joachim 
Abstract: What we mean when we use the word ‘nature’ critically affects design culture. Since nature has many different interpretations, the following lexicon is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of the word’s etymology or usage by designers. Instead, I offer ten archetypical perspectives of nature that can help designers and non-designers alike clarify the different, sometimes overlapping, sometimes conflicting ways in which we understand the fundamental relationships between humans and our environment.


ICFF Terreform ONE Mushroom Chair

Terreform ONE unveils biodegradable furniture to the world of interior design!

Company launches Mushroom Chaise at ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Terreform ONE, the visionary architecture and design group, showcases for the first time its design for the “Mushroom Chaise”, a futuristic lounge chair made from biodegradable mushrooms at the ICFF, from May 14-17, 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center. Terreform ONE will unveil this statement piece, and show that biodesign can offer a beautiful alternative to mass furniture production that does not deplete natural resources, but can actually contribute to the environment. WHY GROW A CHAIR? Terreform ONE has created a waste-free, pollution-free mushroom chair, the first of its kind. The chair was grown in seven days from strains of fungi into the multi-curved chaise piece. At the end of its useful product life cycle, the chair can be composted and safely reintroduced back into the environment, where it can be naturally biodegraded. The chair was grown using material manufactured by Ecovative, a leading biomaterials company that believes “Mushrooms the new plastic.”
Using bio-fabrication techniques, Terreform launches an organic furniture design service to customers who are looking for innovative alternatives to greener living and responsible consumerism, themes underlying the non-profit mission.
According to Art Works for Change in “Footing the Bill: Art and Our Ecological Footprint”, “In the work of Terreform ONE, we see a world in which architecture and furniture is grown from mushrooms and living cells, and our homes are formed by guided growth of living trees. Part science and part science fiction, these are the ideas of makers, scientists and dreamers. They are the seeds that will grow into the human habitats of the future and yield a sustainable abundance for humankind.”

NYCxDesign Award for Terreform ONE Cricket Shelter Farm


ARCHITECT Cricket Farm w/ Terreform ONE

MIT on the "Future of Suburbia" by Amanda Kolson Hurley, ARCHITECT, May 2016, Vol. 105 No. 5, Terreform ONE Cricket Farm, p. 182.
Review of MIT CAU conference when the Cricket Shelter premiered

National Geographic on Urban Planting and Farm Pod

Urban Planting by
One potential solution: more innovative designs. For ecologist Dickson Despommier that means vertical farming, cultivating fruits and vegetables under controlled settings within tall buildings—now particularly popular in Japan. Architect Mitchell Joachim’s solution takes a different shape: The spherical pod he developed has a food-growing system on the outside and habitable space inside. The pod can be sized up to fit a larger site, Joachim says, or down to fit a high-rise balcony." 

Keynote lecture at NXP Austin

Architect and designer Mitchell Joachim tackles the urban issues redefining our built environments and cities: his work boldly reassesses the way humans live together in the 21st Century. In mind-bending talks, Joachim envisions a future in which biology and architecture are a single discipline—and shares the ground-breaking work and disruptive ideas that will make that future a reality.