Mitchell Joachim: Biosmith: Insects to Fungi in Cities

Cricket Shelter Insect Farm

Cricket Shelter Insect Farm. photo / provided

Terreform ONE is a unique laboratory of specialists with diverse disciplinary backgrounds that explore and advance the larger framework of socio-ecological design. The group develops innovative concepts and technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, and water. These novel research projects are derived from the interface of design, engineering, and synthetic biology.

The cofounder of Terreform ONE, Mitchell Joachim is also an associate professor of practice at NYU. Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of both Frank Gehry and I. M. Pei. He has received a Fulbright scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and the Martin Society for Sustainability, and was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List" and by Rolling Stone for "The 100 People Who Are Changing America."

Joachim has won many honors, including the AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, First Place International Architecture Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time magazine's Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. He's featured as "The NOW 99" in Dwell magazine, and 50 Under 50 Innovators of the 21st Century by Images Publishers. He coauthored the books Super Cells: Building with Biology and Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned. His design work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale.

Joachim earned his Ph.D. at MIT, his MAUD at Harvard University, and his M.Arch. at Columbia University.

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