Food Interactions Catalogues: Collection Best Practices w/ Terreform ONE

Chiara Farinea, "Production to Distribution, Cricket Shelter Terreform ONE," pp. 91, 100-103.

Food Interactions Catalogue - Collection of Best Practices is a publication of Creative Food Cycles, a project co-funded by The Creative Europe Programme of the European Union edited by: IAAC _ Institut d’Arquitectura Avancada de Catalunya, Barcelona, LUH _ Chair of Regional Building and Urban Planning, Hannover, UNIGE _ DAD, Department of Architecture and Design, Genova. 
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The Guardian - Cities from Scratch w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Nick Van Mead, Cities from Scratch, The Guardian, July 11th, 2019.
"Yesterday's tomorrow today: what we can learn from past urban visions," 
From the article: "In recent years, synthetic biologist Rachel Armstrong has proposed growing an artificial reef below Venice to stop the city sinking into the sea. Meanwhile, American architect Mitchell Joachim envisages houses grown in a laboratory from pig cells."



Terreform ONE in Architectural Record on the Monarch Sanctuary

"The Monarch Sanctuary, a project by Mitchell Joachim and Vivian Kuan of the nonprofit research group Terreform ONE, proposes a New York building with a double-glass facade. Inside the cavity between its two skins is a 30,000-square-foot sanctuary—in the form of a vertical meadow with regulated temperature and humidity—where threatened butterflies can breed during their annual migration."


Terreform ONE on cover of Eco-Cities for Kids

Ecosteden by Susanne Neutkens
Dutch publisher Ars Scribendi - Terreform ONE illustrates the cover of an educational textbook on Eco-Cities for children of 10-14 years old in the Netherlands.


Dwelling in the Future: Imagining Tomorrow's City w/ Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Museum of the City of New York, Housing Tomorrow's City lecture series, Featuring design researcher Alix Gerber, architect Mitchell Joachim, science fiction writer Sam Miller, and artist Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde. An evening of presentations and discussion. Moderated by K.A. Dilday, the senior editor at CityLab. 



ARCHITECT Review of Terreform ONE's Mitchell Joachim in Cairo, Egypt

KATHARINE KEANE, Catch-22: The Environmental Cost of Progress, ARCHITECTMay 20, 2019.
At the sixth International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction, design leaders discussed and debated a path forward for sustainable construction.

"In the forum's final keynote, Terreform ONE co-founder Mitchell Joachim, Assoc. AIA, advocated perhaps the most optimistic—if not idealistic—motivation in light of a dire situation: extinction. Discouraged by the monarch butterfly's status as an endangered species in North America, Terreform ONE is proposing the integration of a monarch butterfly sanctuary into the double-skinned façade of an office and retail building in New York City to serve as "a new biome of coexistence for people, plants, and butterflies." The project, currently on the boards, is "intended to serve as an object lesson in enhancing the urban environment with green technologies."


ONE Lab at Brooklyn Navy Yard Summer 2019

ONE Lab: Design Against Extinction - Sponsored by Terreform ONE.
The inaugural semester of ONE Lab will begin on July 1 and will end on July 31, 2019. The ONE Lab summer program will be held in the renovated New Lab facilities located at 19 Morris Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. The Morris Avenue space supports a vibrant community of high-tech start-ups and entrepreneurs from a wide-range of disciplines including, but not limited to robotics, rocketry, software engineering, architecture, urban planning and biotechnology. ONE Lab hosts a cutting-edge design curriculum in a unique educational setting which includes a café, seminar rooms and an open atrium for informal gatherings. Students will also have exclusive access to an off-site digital fabrication lab equipped with a high-resolution 3D printing and CNC machining tools. Limited use of a fully equipped wood shop is also provided by ONE Lab as part of the program.



Berlin Collapse: Climate, Cities, and Culture Exhibition w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Collapse: Climate, Cities, and Culture exhibition for Global Design NYU in Berlin.
Chora, Raoul Bunschoten, Raumlabor, Marie-Luce Nadal, Terra Forma, Alexandra Arènes, Axelle Grégoire, Frédérique Aït-Touati, Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim, Peder Anker, and GDNYU.
June 6th - July 11th, New York University, St. Agnes, Alexandrinenstraße 118, Berlin 10969


The Material Battle in Hochparterre with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Hochparterre, "The material battle" by Andres Herzog 
"The LafargeHolcim Forum in Cairo discussed materials and ways to save architecture from climate collapse. The building rage in the Egyptian desert made it clear: there is no time for small steps."
"Breeding Houses: For Mitchell Joachim, the status quo is just a lack of imagination, a temporary phenomenon. Founder of the think tank Terreform One stands in the auditorium of the American University in Cairo and bombards the audience with crazy ideas. He weaves the roots of trees into houses, makes edible chairs grow and butterflies nest in facades. The professional provocateur calls the projects "unfeasibility studies", which he translates into futuristic forms and crisp images. Joachim does not solve any problems, he shows the limits of our imagination."


Fast Co. World Changing Ideas 2019 Honors the Terreform ONE Monarch Sanctuary

Fast Company‘s third annual World Changing Ideas Awards 2019:
Monarch Sanctuary, Terreform ONE

AeroBarrier, AeroBarrier
Bell Works, Somerset Development
Blue Planet, Foundation for Climate Restoration
Chengdu Panda Reserve, Sasaki
Christchurch Central Library, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Everboard, Continuus Material Recovery
Kampung Admiralty, Woha
Landmark Mall temporary homeless shelter, The Howard Hughes Corporation and Carpenter’s Shelter
Live XYZ, Live XYZ
L’Oréal Research & Innovation Center, Perkins+Will
Miami Waterwalk, RSM Design
Photo.Synth.Etica, Ecologic Studio
PlasticRoad, KWS and Wavin
The Riverbend School, Kurani and SPI Incubator
The Shed, Savannah College of Art and Design
Tel Aviv Urban95, Bernard van Leer Foundation
3Space International House, 3Space
Urban Wood Project, Room & Board
A Vision for Staten Island, CetraRuddy Architecture



LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Egypt with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

The 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction will be hosted by the American University in Cairo from April 4 to 6, 2019. The LafargeHolcim Forum is dedicated to the topic of “Re-materializing Construction”.

Keynote speakers include Christine Binswanger (Senior Partner, Herzog & de Meuron, Switzerland), Lord Norman Foster (Chairman & Founder, Foster + Partners, United Kingdom), Laila Iskandar (former Minister of Urban Renewal & Informal Settlements, Egypt), Mitchell Joachim (Co-Founder, Terreform ONE, USA), Francis Kéré (Principal, Kéré Architecture, Germany), Anne Lacaton (Principal, Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, France), and Rt Hon Simon Upton (Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, New Zealand).



Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities by Mitchell Joachim, Maria Aiolova and Terreform ONE on Actar Publishers

Design With Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities by Mitchell Joachim, Maria Aiolova, and Terreform ONE. Actar Publishers.

This volume chronicles the projects and breakthroughs of Terreform ONE. They are a nonprofit research group that defines salient new directions in socio-ecological design and other vital intersections of architecture, synthetic biology, and urban systems.

DESIGN WITH LIFE: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities

The main idea of this book is to design against extinction. In the challenging context of accelerating climate dynamics, the core discipline of architectural design is evolving and embracing new forms of action. New York-based nonprofit Terreform ONE has established a distinctive design tactic that investigates projects through the regenerative use of natural materials, science, and the emergent field of socio-ecological urban design. This kind of design approach uses actual living matter (not abstracted imitations of nature) to create new functional elements and spaces. These future-based actions are not only grounded in social justice but are also far-reaching in their application of digital manufacturing and maker culture. Terreform ONE tackles urgent environmental and urban social concerns through the integrated use of living materials and organisms.

Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova, founders of Terreform ONE, describe their practice through various projects and prolific research that has made a significant impact on what is increasingly recognized as socio-ecological design. Together they achieve an abundant collection of projects that validate these unique experimental methods, including the Monarch Sanctuary, a new urban building type to protect butterflies from extinction; Cricket Shelter and Farm, a series of modular volumes for harvesting alternate forms of insect protein; and biodegradable structures called Mycoform that invokes principles of synthetic biology to prototype 100% compostable furniture. Design with Life documents this growing body of work and outlines an original direction for a changing discipline, reviewing concepts at a range of scales for metropolitan areas. In an age where speed is everything, Terreform ONE reveals how future architecture and urban design practices can cultivate biological processes and create resilient answers to tomorrow's wicked problems.

Design with Life intentionally turns the discipline of architecture upside-down. The book contains a plethora of essays from esteemed architects, biologists, historians, artists, and educators that reframe the way in which design develops as a practice alongside science.

Within this book, we explore the emergent socio-ecological solutions that make a direct impact on our altered atmosphere. It’s a compilation of advanced research that reviews concepts in the art of biotechnology from insect food sourcing to fungi building components in cities across the globe. As of today, the planetary climate crisis has reached a penultimate state. The nature of the next impending catastrophe and its implications in design has yet to be determined. 

Stemming from work initially developed at Terreform ONE and other prominent organizations in the field, this volume disseminates ecologically intelligent design in various speculative urban contexts. Equally, it unpacks projects and histories by other major theoreticians in many comparable disciplines. Throughout these inventive structures and public activities, the aim is to expose the environmental potentials within local municipalities and stimulate similar resolutions in comparable neighborhoods.

For over a decade the works herein were developed in matchless laboratories such as New Lab, Genspace, MEx, Cooper Union Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering, and MIT Media Lab, each of which is filled with specialists from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and methodologies. These pioneering individuals refocused their efforts to discover and expand projects into the larger framework of socio-ecological urbanism. Primarily the research inside this volume cultivates innovative concepts and technologies for sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, manufacturing, waste treatment, food, air quality, and water. Original investigations are derived from the effective techniques explored within the joint territory of design and synthetic biology.

Author’s Biographies
Terreform ONE is a nonprofit experimental architecture and urban design research group in New York City. The primary mission is “Design Against Extinction”.

Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and an Associate Professor at NYU. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners LLP and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for “The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To”. Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in “The 100 People Who Are Changing America”. Mitchell won many awards including; LafargeHolcim Acknowledgement Award, ARCHITECT R+D Award, AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Award for Sustainability, Architizer A+ Award, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities. Dwell magazine featured him as "The NOW 99" in 2012. He co-authored three books, "XXL-XS: New Directions in Ecological Design," "Super Cells: Building with Biology," and "Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned". His work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale. He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch Columbia University.

Maria Aiolova, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and Associate Principal at Arup University. She also served as the Academic Director of Global Programs at CIEE. She is an institutional adviser to New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Most recently, she taught at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, IAAC, Pratt Institute, and Parsons. Formerly, she served as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of ETEX Corporation, a biotech company in Cambridge, MA. Maria is an inventor, who holds 18 technology patents. She has won a number of honors including; AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, 1st Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability, and the Build Boston Award. Her work has been the official selection at the Venice Biennale and has been exhibited at MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Institute in Rotterdam. Maria’s design work has been published in many edited volumes, journals, book chapters, and periodicals. This list includes but is not limited to; MIT Press, Springer, Rizzoli, MoMA Press, Routledge, NY Times, Dwell, Wired, Good, Popular Science, and Architectural Design. Maria received her M.Arch. in Urban Design from Harvard University, B.Arch. from Wentworth IT with Honors, Dipl.-Ing. from the Technical University of Vienna, Austria and Sofia, Bulgaria.

Contributing Authors
Vivian Kuan, Heather Newberry Lord, John Rudikoff, Nurhan Gokturk, Christian Hubert, Anna Bokov, Nina Edwards Anker, Peder Anker, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Charles C. Mann, Ray K. Mann, Darran Anderson, Bruce Lindsey, Winka Dubbeldam, Charles McKinney, Julie Bargmann, Margie Ruddick, Forrest Meggers, Dickson Despommier, Suzanne Anker, Marcos Cruz, William Myers, Orkan Telhan, Nurit Bar-Shai, Ellen Jorgensen, Zack Saunders, Bob Fisher, Sanjeev Shankar, Amy Karle, Nicholas Gervasi, Paul C. Bart, and Marvin Bratke.



Living Architecture Symposium, Toronto with Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

The Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG) 2019
with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE and NYU on the Monarch Sanctuary

Can architecture integrate living functions? Could future buildings think, and care? The Living Architecture Systems Group brings together research­ers and industry partners in a multidisciplinary research cluster dedicated to developing built environments with qualities that come close to life— environments that can move, respond, and learn, with metabolisms that can exchange and renew their environments, and which are adaptive and empathic towards their inhabitants. Supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding and contributions from numerous partners, LAS is focused on develop­ing innovative technologies, new critical aesthetics, and integrative design working methods, helping equip a new generation of designers with critical next-generation skills and critical perspectives for working with complex environments.

Six discipline streams: Scaffold led by Philip Beesley (Waterloo Architecture), Synthetic Cognition led by Dana Kulic (Electronic and Computer Engineering, Waterloo), Metabolism led by Rachel Armstrong (Architecture, Newcastle) Human Experience led by Colin Ellard (Psychology, Waterloo) Interdisciplinary Methods led by Rob Gorbet (Knowledge Integration, Waterloo), and Theory led by Sarah Bonnemaison (Architecture, Dalhousie).


Ru'a Al Haram Future Studio

Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 


BBC on Wildlife in Cities with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Martha Henriques, BBC Future, 21 January 2019.
How do you bring wildlife back to the city?

“We realize that planning, development, architecture and industrial design are all complicit in wiping out other species on this planet,” says Mitchell Joachim, director and co-founder of Terreform, an ecological planning and architecture firm. “I am absolutely passionate about trying to restore these habitats in cities, and to instill that in how we plan our buildings.”

Sometimes that means planning a giant, eight-storey transparent vertical meadow into the walls of an office building in Manhattan. Monarch butterflies are native to North America but have been disappearing fast since the 1980s because of widespread destruction of milkweed, a plant that monarchs use while breeding. “Milkweed is a highly invasive species, humans don’t like it – it can give you a rash, or take over your beautiful American lawn,” says Mitchell.

Building a space for monarchs into the building would be part of an effort to slow their precipitous decline.

“It is a sanctuary for monarch butterflies, to breed them, with nurseries for caterpillars and areas for the chrysalises and the adult butterflies,” says Joachim. “They live there for a few weeks and then they’re released.”

To have a real impact on monarch butterfly populations, it will take more than one sanctuary. The most important thing to do is restore the butterfly’s natural habitat – within the city and outside it along its migration route to Mexico – in particular by providing more milkweed.



BAU 2019 Munich - DETAIL Forum w/ Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

DETAIL research—Building the Future

Design : Production
MODERATION / CHAIRED BY: Tim Westphahl, Freier Journalist / freelance journalist

14:00 Digitales Denken in Planung
und Detaillierung /
Digital thinking in planning
and detailing
Arnold Walz,
Design to Production, Stuttgart

14:30 Towards a Digital Building Culture
 Hannes Mayer,
Gramizio Kohler Research, Zürich

15:00 Design to End Extinction
Mitchell Joachim,
Terreform ONE, New York, USA



Art in America with Terreform ONE - Mitchell Joachim

December 1, 2018
Art in America - Other Voices, Other Worlds by Stephen Zacks 

"Since 2006, Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology), a NewYork-based firm founded by architects Maria Aiolova and Mitchell Joachim, has worked within what they describe as a “framework of socio-ecological design,” producing compelling renderings and provocative installations that depict biophilic building forms modeled after nature.6 (The studio also proposes larger infrastructure projects, such as a tide-management proposal for Red Hook, Brooklyn, in which former military vessels are used to create a buffer zone to prevent flooding from storms.) Last year, it was commissioned to design an eight-story office and commercial tower in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan.
Monarch Sanctuary, as the building is called, is conceived as a sort of urban breeding ground for the endangered monarch butterfly. Milkweed and other nectar-producing flowers will be planted on the rooftop, rear facade, and terrace of the structure. And there will be separate colonies of butterflies nurtured in an atrium and inside the street-facing double-skinned facade. The project is currently awaiting approval from the Nolita Community Board, after which construction work will begin.

Terreform ONE’s sanctuary is similar to the “forested towers” designed by architects including Dattner and Grimshaw, Stefano Boeri, and Sou Fujimoto. Their work was anticipated by architectural theorists like Christopher Alexander, author of The Nature of Order (1977-2005), a four-volume treatise that is a cult classic among ecologically minded architects. In it, Alexander offered a model for deriving building structures from patterns observed in the natural world, arguing that these lent themselves to human comfort and well-being."

Toward a Living Architecture? with Terreform ONE

Toward a Living Architecture? Complexism and Biology in Generative Design by Christina Cogdell. University of Minnesota Press, 2018.
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE, Fab Tree Hab. pp. 159-160.