American Planning Association NY Lecture with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE


Urban planners and designers must shift fundamental thinking and practices around how we develop land and our cities. We can dramatically reshape the way we structure our living environs by applying the principles of biophilic urbanism to land use planning and urban design.

Jennifer Bolstad, RLA, LEED AP, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design.
Sarah Charlop-Powers, Natural Areas Conservancy. 
Emory Grace Lee, AICP ENV SP, Insight Civil.
Mitchell Joachim, PhD, Terreform ONE.
Walter Meyer, ASLA, LEED AP, Local Office Landscape and Urban Design.
Eric Sanderson, PHD, Wildlife Conservation Society.



Oculus AIA Magazine, The Future of Materials with Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE

Julia Van Den Hout, "Inside Track," Oculus, Volume 81, Issues 3 and 4, Fall 2019.
Three faces of in-house R and D show how architecture can harness the environment.

While the R+D teams at firms like BIG and KPF work within the larger framework of the design practice, research is the primary driving force at Terreform One. Set up as a non-profit “research consultancy,” Terreform One has an ultrafine focus: “We’re a think tank for ideas about the city, especially ideas that relate to what we call socio-ecological design.” This is not to be mistaken with “sustainable” and “eco-friendly” design, which founder Mitchell Joachim notes are too frequently employed as empty terms.

Joachim is the first to admit that his adverse response to these more traditional labels may be a limitation. “Socio-ecological design is a mouthful,” he says, “and it stinks from a branding perspective.” More imperative here, however, is the need to solve problems. “We have the statistics,” he adds. “We have the ability to author designs that do make sense and have a relationship to the Earth’s metabolism.” First and foremost, Terreform One’s goal is therefore to “design against extinction,” a tagline that should catch anyone’s attention. With rapid climate change, species are disappearing at an unimaginable rate.



Terreform ONE in WNET Public Media

S1 E5: Nature-- Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial | Climate Artists: Go inside Nature-- Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, an exhibit that features over 60 collaborations between designers, scientists, engineers, environmentalists, and academics to find inventive and promising solutions to environmental and social challenges. #ClimateArtists



BUNKER TALK Mitchell Joachim and Ferdinand Ludwig at Architecture Gallery, Munich

BUNKER TALK Mitchell Joachim and Ferdinand Ludwig Transformations - Munich Mushroom Talks, Drinks, Harvest and Mushroom Dinner: Friday, 11th October 2019 at 7pm With the ArchitekturkulturStiftung we cordially invite you to lectures and discussions about the challenge to design in symbiosis with nature. In addition to inspiring talks, we look forward to harvesting with you in the Munich Mushroom and enjoying a delicious mushroom dinner by top chef Markus Camera at the Architekturgalerie München in Bunker. Welcome Nicola Borgmann Architekturgalerie München Melanie Hammer ArchitekturkulturStiftung Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE, New York City Ferdinand Ludwig Green Technologies in Landscape Architecture, TUM Architekturgalerie München im BUNKER Blumenstrasse 22, 80331 München Organizer: Architekturgalerie München e.V. Munich Mushroom at Architekturgalerie München im Bunker in Burckhardt+Partner‘s exhibition Transformations. Architekturgalerie München, Christian Schühle, Martin Kühfuss, hks architekten, ARCHITEKTURKULTURSTIFTUNG https://www.architekturgalerie-muenchen.de/programm/detail/news/detail/News/bunker-talk.html

Design Intelligence Quarterly with Mitchell Joachim, Vivian Kuan, Terreform ONE

Bob Fisher, "Designing Against Extinction with Terreform ONE," Design Intelligence Quarterly #3, 2019 pp. 14-17.