Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology] is a non-profit architecture group that promotes smart design in cities. Through our creative projects and outreach efforts, we aim to illuminate the environmental possibilities of New York City and inspire solutions in areas like it around the world. We are 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 organization is structured into five divisions:
1. Terreform ONE Architecture Urban Research Center.
2. Terreform ONE Lab School for Design and Science.
3. Terreform ONE Prize Annual Juried Competition.
4. Terreform ONE Global Fellowship Program and Research Journal.
5. Terreform ONE Event Building, Community Outreach and Exhibition.
All divisions and TERRE-formative operations were founded by Mitchell Joachim and Maria Aiolova in 2006. After having completed his PhD at MIT and achieving emeritus status from a series of luminary architectural offices (I.M. Pei, Frank Gehry, Moshe Safdie), Mitchell founded the group with Maria, a fellow graduate from Harvard. Our unique name was derived from the combination of the words: “terre” (earth, soil) and “reform” (rebuild, reconstruct, recreate). The original use of the term “terraform” in planetary engineering was a process of transforming the atmosphere to create a more habitable living environment. Instead of a contrived copy of the earth elsewhere, as the definition of “terraform” commonly implies, we seek to reform the earth in place. Our intention is to repair the atmosphere of our world by fostering designs that reform the current pollution causing global trends.
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