TED Fellow and Urban Designer
A TED Fellow and partner at Planetary ONE, Mitchell Joachim adapts sustainable ecological principles to new developments in architecture, transportation, and environmental planning. Joachim is also the Co-President of Terreform ONE, where he develops new technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, water, and media spaces. His work offers the sheer excitement of opening minds to new ways of literally building the future.
Mitchell Joachim is an Associate Professor at both NYU and the European Graduate School, and was the Frank Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto. He has been selected for Wired's 2008 Smart List (“15 People the Next President Should Listen To”) as well as Rolling Stone's 100 Agents of Change. In 2010, Popular Science named him as a visionary, envisioning “The Future of the Environment.”
The Organic City: Urbanism Redefined
Mitchell Joachim inspires us to rethink our approach to urban environments by pointing to mind-bending technologies that are already transforming the way we live. When the elevator was introduced, the nature of buildings changed. The same shift occurred for cities built in response to widespread car traffic. Today, Joachim is working on the next big shift. It could be an intelligent "soft" car that networks with a city grid. It might involve grafting living cells into green residences that can reverse the last 150 years of inefficient living. Joachim envisions a future in which biology and architecture are a single discipline--and shares the ground-breaking work and disruptive ideas that will make that future a reality.
Super Cells: Building with Biology
In this eye-popping tour of the new biological frontier, Nina Tandon and Mitchell Joachim describe the tantalizing array of inventions already being created with nature’s elemental building block: the cell. Imagine personalized bone replacements, living condominium complexes, bacteria-made haute couture, and top sirloin grown without a farm. Tandon and Joachim, daring inventors in their own right, contend that we’re entering a new technological era, one in which we can create smarter technologies by making cells our partners in design. And they confront the thorny questions that come with playing with the power of life.
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