Nov 2, 2017

Special Thank You to Our Sponsors and Supporters of Terreform ONE

Thank you: Intel, LafargeHolcim Foundation, RNR Foundation, AIA, BASF, Zumtobel, NYU Gallatin, Architect Magazine, EOS, Venice Architecture Biennale, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, IAAC, Architizer, New Museum, CIEE, Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New Lab, Home Depot Foundation, e-architect, eVolo, Die Angewandte, Inhabitat.

Oct 16, 2017

Terreform ONE Prize Winning Project in the LafargeHolcim Sustainable Construction Awards

Terreform ONE Project Entry 2017 for North America: Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards 2017. Cricket Shelter in New York, Modular edible insect farm.
“Exuberant architectural expression calling attention to the possibilities of insect farming”. Cricket Shelter is an urban farming system and temporary shelter that minimizes the ecological footprint of protein-rich food production. It is a well-established fact that industrialized animal agriculture accounts for one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions, and with global demand for meat projected to double between 2000 and 2050, the industry’s space requirements constitute one of the most significant drivers of deforestation in the world. This project proposes an alternative: with 1 % of the greenhouse gas emissions and requiring 0.001 % of the land to produce the same amount of protein annually as cattle farming, environmental destruction need no longer be the consequence of ensuring our food supply.

Sep 6, 2017

Job Opening: Architect and Designer at Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE architectural research in Brooklyn, New York is one of the world's foremost experimentalist practices of urban interventions. Our studios are located in the celebrated prototyping and co-manufacturing facility, New Lab. We are looking for impassioned, intellectually rigorous, highly flexible candidates with outstanding skills in the following areas:
·       Architectural Design
·       Project Management
·       Physical Modeling, 3D Printing
·       Ecological/ Biotech Expertise
·       Rendering/ Visualization and Animation

This is a full-time paid position at a monthly rate. The opportunity and compensation are commensurate based on your experience, contribution, and creation of value. Position(s) are available and must be filled immediately.
To apply for Architect and Designer: send CV and work samples: terreform at gmail dot com. Portfolios must be limited to 3 MB or less. Only digital applications will be considered.

Aug 1, 2017

Caddisfly Larvae Case Architecture Research

Terreform ONE Team: Mitchell Joachim (PI), Shi Zhang, Matt Mitchell, Taili Zhuang, Ana Toledano, Molly Ritmiller, Liana Grobstein, Michael Chambers, Jade Manbodh, Effie Mbrow.

Jul 31, 2017

Liveware: Veg Spacesuit - Research at Terreform ONE

LIVEWARE: Veg Spacesuit - work on growing structures from woody plants into specific spatial geometries for local environments. 

Terreform ONE Team: Mitchell Joachim (PI), Matt Mitchell, Taili Zhuang, Mat Sokol, Jamal Combs, Chenoe Hart, Seb Fathi, Che Puntes, Molly Ritmiller, Liana Grobstein, Ana Toledano, Shi Zhang, Jade Manbodh, Effie Mbrow.

Soft Root Aeroponic Chamber 
As a continuation of the research into growing soft roots for use in living structural applications, we intend to design and fabricate a lightweight, modular alternative to the aeroponic system constructed with Treenovations in June 2016. Conceptualized as an individual ‘spacesuit’ for each plant, this apparatus generates and maintains a precisely conditioned adaptable environment in which growth can be promoted, monitored and controlled. Utilizing more sophisticated materials and technologies enable this system to become a transportable and deployable solution for growing programmable architectures on-site, as well as a smart monitoring device linked to an online database of life cycle analyses – aiming to iterate, discover and optimize the environmental conditions for maximally accelerated root growth over generations of plants. The eventual aim is to develop a living structural system, from which entire architectures can be ‘grown-to-order’; pleaching the individual trees to form a composite structure.

Data Capture
The LIVEWARE functions as a data capture environment, recording the plant’s biometrics as it develops as well as the input parameters for growth. Over many iterations of this process, a comparative feedback process builds an understanding of the causal relationship between input parameters and the resulting health, form and growth speed of the plant. This phenotypical knowledge will enable us to push the limits of root growth speed, the primary prohibitive factor in developing practical structures made from living biomaterial.
A visual output alongside a common graphical data display on a web page devoted to the documentation of this project would provide an open platform for publishing the results from the lab. This could be programmed, embedded tech automatically recording, analyzing and publishing the data to the web in real time, plotting the progress of each plant in the system.

Data Output:
·       CO2 Level (Canopy)
·       Humidity (Root Chamber)
·       Temperature (Root Chamber + Canopy )
·       Solution pH / Chemical Constitution
·       Net Weight
·       Growth Time
·       Photograph (Plan, Diameter)
·       Photograph (Elevation, Height)
·       Biological Samples
·       Incident Light Conditions
Indicates parameter over which system provides complete control.
Controllable Input Parameters (Basic):
·       Solution pH / Chemical Constitution
·       Incident Light
Directionality, Photoperiod, Intensity, Spectrum
·       Mister Phasing
·       Auxin Application

Phenotype Development
Through precise control of the environmental parameters inside the ‘space suit’, a degree of formal variation will be achievable through their manipulation. This can be considered as a form of ‘auto-espalier’, programmable tree-shaping for which no human intervention or maintenance is required. The parameters are merely adapted in response to the growth feedback from previous iterations until a desired canopy form can be reliably achieved. For example, tightly controlled, localized exposure to light will enable the system to direct the directional tendency of each leaf’s growth. This could be supplemented with the topical application of auxins to stimulate further cell division in the desired locations.
These ‘designed’ phenotypes can then begin to assume the role of architectural elements in the bio-constructions which result from their agglomeration, bearing the disposition of either a column, a series of mullions, a portal, a gable and so forth.

Expressive Exhibition
For our first prototype of this ‘veg suit’ will be imagined and constructed as an expressive, even sculptural piece which seeks to playfully express the temporal shifts and events arising from the operation of the system as it maintains the environmental conditions for the plant. Trigger events such as mister operation, air pump operation, threshold breaches and time phase may all result in a visual, auditory or another sensory expression, such that the system constitutes a responsive envelope. The goal of this is to engage and communicate to an observer the mode of operation of the system itself. This extends to visible metrics, programmed LEDs, inflatable sacs which translate the movement of air and water through the system into a performance.

Programmable Architectural Assemblage
The eventual conceptual goal of this research lies in a modular, adaptable bio-unit, designed to grow pre-configured bio-architectures using a common, infinitely replicable system. The geometry of the eventual architecture is defined by the arrangement of these units, which have a high degree of formal reconfigurability. Every composition, however, adheres to a principal set of geometric logics, defined foundationally by the scale of the human and the limits of the biological ability of the plants.

Temporal Phasing
This principle dictates the system in its prototypical composition is an architecture in itself, from the moment of its deployment through to its maturation into a living structure independent from artificial support.
The system also fulfills a number of functions with different periods of applicability relative to the life cycles of the plants.

1.     Initial Environmental Control
This refers to the period during which the plant is fully reliant on the aeroponic system. It is growing roots at an accelerated rate, yet to attain its desired form and length.

2.     Structural Support
This refers to the period after which the plant has achieved the desired root length and canopy form, but before the lignification process renders itself supporting, or mutually supporting if pleached in a group. During this phase, the long, pliable taproot is exposed to the air, and the lower 10% is planted in soil (either at grade or at a predetermined level). As the ‘planted’ portion of the root is now surrounded by soil, the tactile stimuli encourage it to divide, bifurcating to yield many individual root tips. This begins the process of lignification, though it may take years before the exposed root attains sufficient mass to support itself, and hence a guiding ‘scaffold’ provides auxiliary support. At this time, the system’s life-support components are completely or partially removed, depending on the circumstance, leaving the plant to develop under natural conditions. In some cases, it may be desirable to continue to precisely control the growth of the canopy while the roots are left to develop naturally.

3.     Supplementary Life Support
This refers to an interstitial period during which the root tip, having been planted, may have insufficient water uptake potential to support the canopy. In this case, supplementary aeroponic functionality may be maintained and phased out gradually.

4.     Self-Supporting Living Bio-Architecture
This refers to the period after which the plants are self-sustaining and self-supporting, fulfilling their intended programmatic functions as a living bio-architecture.

Structural / Technical / Material
Seeing as the majority of the weight of the structure is contained in the water circulation system, in a suspended system this mass ought to be positioned closest to the point of suspension – with the lightweight life-support elements hanging below this structure. The distribution of water weight can be seen as a means to adapt or transform the structure as needed based on

1.     Expandable Canopy Space – Soft vs. rigid elements, mode of expansion.
2.     Extensible Root Chamber, material, mode?
3.     Mister reservoir, better transmission efficiency, use of gravity.
4.     Lighting fixture design.
5.     Backing canvas/light reflector configuration.
6.     LED integration.

Jun 17, 2017

Seoul Biennale: Imminent Commons - The Debates at New Lab with Terreform ONE #Actar

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism: Imminent Commons 
The Debates Part I: 

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Beatriz Colomina, David Benjamin, Jesse Le Cavelier, Keller Easterling, Laura Kurgan, Maider Llaguno, Mark Wigley, Martino Stierli, Mitchell Joachim.

Wed. June 28th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM @ New Lab, Brooklyn NY.

Live, urban commons Seoul
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 focuses on issues and proposals, not on authors and works. Centered on the themes of Nine Commons, the Seoul Biennale is organized along two major sections: exhibitions installed during the Biennale period and the public programs during the corresponding year. The exhibitions consist of nine Commons, Commoning Cities and Live Projects. Public Programs include International Studios, Film and Video Program, Workshops, Lectures, Common Library and Tour Program which offer a communicative platform for visitors.

Seoul is a grand laboratory for the imminent commons. Since its foundation more than 600 hundred years ago, Seoul has been a dynamic site of the commons, where politics and economy intertwined with the design of wind and water. It is a metropolis that maintains the spirit, methods, productivity, and spaces of the commons. In 2012, embarking on new policies of horizontal governance, sustainability, community based design, and economic equality, the Seoul Metropolitan Government proclaimed its vision as a City of Commons. Breaking open the gallery walls, the Seoul Biennale activates an urban constellation of urban sites, and citizen activity towards three live projects: Production City, Urban Foodshed, and Walking the Commons.

Book launch events
A book titled Seoul Biennale 2017: Imminent Commons, which works as a theoretical basis of the whole Biennale, will be published prior to the biennale. Co-organized by urbanNext, affiliated book launch events and think-tank programs will be held in New York and other cities. The event in New York will take place at New Lab, with one of the co-directors Alejandro Zaera-Polo and many of the authors of the book including Mitchell Joachim.

Mitchell Joachim and Christian Hubert. "The End of Waste? Towards a Socio-Ecological Commons," Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near FutureAlejandro Zaera-Polo and Hyungmin Pai (eds.), Actar, 2017, pp. 318 - 333.

Jan 19, 2017

Human-Powered Gym Boat in Paris w/ Terreform ONE

HUMAN-POWERED RIVER GYM: Soft Floating Micro-Island Gyms on Waterway Paths
Original Project Credits: Mitchell Joachim and Douglas Joachim.
Design Partner Team: Carlo Ratti Associati.

Our concept encapsulates a new typology for the contemporary urban gym. It is intended to challenge our innate proprioceptive and multi-planer locomotive abilities while synchronously altering the surroundings. A simple transfer of workout vigor supplies a given city with needed supplemental transport and amenities. Work-out on your commute to work.

Terraform X


Jan 16, 2017

Business Insider with Terreform ONE

This bizarre building in Brooklyn is a home for more than 20,000 crickets:
By Gene Kim and Rob Ludacer
"Although this may be a foreign concept to many, eating insects is a common practice in many cultures. Insect meals could be a more environment-friendly protein source than meat. Architecture firm, Terreform ONE, has built a shelter to raise edible crickets and promote insect consumption." - Business Insider, Jan. 8, 2017.

Dec 21, 2016

Year in Review

THANKS for a terrific year +
Wishing you the best from all of us at Terreform ONE!
Please see our "Year in Review" listing some of our recent activities:

Dec 19, 2016

Architecture's "Political Compass" with Terreform ONE

Beyond "Contemporary": A Map Of Today's Architectural MovementsCo.Design
...and "techno-critical" architects, whose practices focus on speculative architecture, like Terreform One and its biotech-based design.

El CroquisAlejandro Zaera-Polo outlined a 21st-century taxonomy of architecture, attempting to define and categorize the various new forms of practice that have grown in popularity in the years since—and as a political response to—the economic crisis.

"Well Into the 21st Century The Architectures of Post-Capitalism?" ZAERA-POLO, ALEJANDRO. Published in N.187, EL CROQUIS

Jul 9, 2016

Winner of Architect R+D Awards 2016 is Terreform

ARCHITECT R+D Awards’ 10th anniversary: Cricket Shelter—Modular Edible Insect Farm by Terreform ONE.

Jun 3, 2016

New Lab OPENS!!!

Invitation to the New Lab: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
June 21st, 10:30am
We can't wait to celebrate with all of you in our spectacular new space!

Feb 21, 2016

Brooklyn Navy Yard New Lab Building 128

Directions: Terreform ONE at New Lab, Brooklyn Navy Yards.  

Take F train to York St. and walk down York St. headed away from the Manhattan Bridge. Make right turn on Navy St. and follow until intersection at Sands St. Enter castle guard gate at Sands St. Follow road towards the power plant smokestacks. Enter the metal clad building 128 next to dry dock and front of power plant.

Our entrance is located at the corner of Cumberland Street & Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn.

20 mins from lower Manhattan, 10 minutes from Queens, 10 minutes from South Brooklyn.
Navigation tip: Enter the address 1 Cumberland Street, Brooklyn into your GPS – this is located across the street from the Cumberland Gate; Terreform ONE at New Lab is just beyond that gate

There are dedicated CitiBike stations all around the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Feb 19, 2016

Growing Cities: An Atlantic Forum on Sustainable Urbanization

Moderated by: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic 
Maria Aiolova, Co-Founder, Terreform ONE 
Gary Handel, Founding Partner, Handel Architects LLP 
Sharon Pinkerton, Senior VP, Legislative and Regulatory Policy, Airlines For America


Feb 1, 2016

White Box Art Center, Terreform ONE Group Show

Live from Democratic and Republican caucuses 
Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina  

Artists include

Mac Premo + Duke Riley | Louise Fishman | Regina Jose Galindo
Kyle Goen | Federico Solmi | Ivan Navarro | Cris Gianakos | James Hyde
Jaishri Abichandani | Conrad Atkinson | Isaac Aden
ANVIL Collective | Luis Alonzo Barkigia | Majeed Benteeha
Terry Berkowitz | Hans Breder | Blue Noses | Alberto Borea
Robert Boyd | Juanli Carrion | Paolo Cirio | Tony Conway | Joseph DeLappe
 Dread Scott | Eduardo Gil | Mathew Grenier | Glenn Goldberg
Pablo Helguera | Richard Humann | Samuel Jablon
Juan Lazaro + Jevijoe Vitug | Alexander Kosolapov | Teresa Margolles
Ferran Martin | Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo | Mary Mattingly
Yusef Merhi  | Igor Molochevski | Ivan Navarro
Robert Priseman | Fariden Sakhaeifar | PS3 | Joaquin Segura
Vitaly Komar | Edgar Serrano | Elliott Sharp | Wolodymyr Starosolsky
Quintin Rivera Toro | Terreform ONE | Wojtek Ulrich
 Ruben Verdu | Roberto Visani | Johan Wahlstrom | Jordan Weber | Roger Welch
Hans Winkler and more

Curated by Raul Zamudio and Juan Puntes / Co-curated by Blanca De La Torre

A group show in response to the 2016 presidential election charade

Dec 14, 2015

Mycoform Surface is a Finalist in Spark Design Awards

Mycoform Surface: Multi-Curved Mycelium Mushroom Structure
Principal Investigators: Mitchell Joachim, Oliver Medvedik, Melanie Fessel 
Team: Maria Aiolova, Ellen Jorgenson, Shruti Grover, James Schwartz, Josue Ledema, Tania Doles, Philip Weller, Greg Pucillo, Shivina Harjani, Jesse Hull, Peter Zhang, Matthew Tarpley, Amanda O’Keefe, Bahar Avanoglu, Ipek Avanoglu, Brent Solomon, Pedro Galindo-Landeira, Yinan Li, Sophie Fabbri.
Sponsor: Ecovative

Nov 24, 2015

Nov 10, 2015

POLITICO - Terreform ONE Bio City - Interview
Bio City- Terreform ONE’s Mitchell Joachim, Vivian Kuan, Melanie Fessel, and Oliver Medvedik push the boundaries of architecture with experimental materials such as living trees and engineered animal tissue — to design future cities that merge with nature.

Nov 5, 2015

Cricket Shelter - Edible Insect Modular Farm and Habitat

The continuous impact of climate dynamics, armed conflicts, non-stop urbanization and economic upheavals present a distinct need for a hybrid architectural topology to deliver parallel solutions for food and shelter in each distressed region. This is a dual-purpose shelter and modular insect farm bounded into one structure. It’s intended for the impending food crisis, where people will need access to good sources of alternative protein, as raising livestock is not possible at our current rate of consumption and resource extraction. The United Nations has mandated insect sourced protein is a major component to solving global food distribution problems.  This arguably impacts the diets of all peoples across the globe.

In an advanced economic setting, this farm can introduce a sophisticated and ultra-sanitary method of locally harvesting insects for the production of cricket flour in fine cuisine recipes. It can also serve to be a new topology for a specialty restaurant, eatery, storehouse or similar architectural program. Introducing crickets into the modern American/ European diet is not a simple task, but there is precedent. For example, a few decades ago American’s did not wish to eat raw fish. Yet positive change materialized after sushi was introduced on a culturally refined and hygienic level. The same kind of approach needs to be embedded in the cultivation of crickets to achieve the cleanliness, quality, and purity of the farm-to-table system.  Over two billion people eat insects every day; it’s time to reintroduce them into the diets of the remaining population.

Raising cattle, pigs, and chicken for meat products all require immense amounts of fresh water. Harvesting insects for food typical takes three hundred times less water for the same amount of protein. Our project aims to maximize access to nutrient resources and to deal with and support local communities in anticipation of post-disaster scenarios. This also targets societal upgrading strategies in both
developed and developing countries as the temporary shelter easily coverts to a permanent farming system/ eatery after the crisis has dissipated.

Structurally, the shelter can be minimized into easily manufactured and replicable elements such as a simple CNC plywood archway with linked off-the-shelf plastic containers as infill surface. The current version of the structure is more customized to account for solar orientation, airflow and varied spatial programs internally. A computational model was used to parametrically align all of the individual containers to match the archway splines. Each pre-ordered container was modified to add ventilation screens, flexible insect sacks, locally controlled louvers, and permeable feeder ports with rotating locking mechanisms. The wind quill ventilation component magnifies the sound of cricket chirping in columns of vibrating air.     

The scheme has a multipronged focus on international hunger solutions, sustainable food distribution methods and modular compact architecture. A project of this type is built for areas in calamitous need both present and future. We understand that our role in the complex system of global cooperation is to seek holistic solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and citizen participation for shelter and subsistence farming. It is essential to understand the physical, social and cultural substrate of developing territories in which food and refuge is simultaneously critical. 

Credits: Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim (PI), Maria Aiolova, Felipe Molina, Matthew Tarpley, Melanie Fessel, Jiachen Xu, Lissette Olivares, Cheto Castellano, Shandor Hassan, Christian Hamrick, Ivan Fuentealba, Sung Moon, Kamila Varela, Yucel Guven, Chloe Byrne, Miguel Lantigua-Inoa
Sponsor: Art Works for Change.