Building with Biology
Architect and designer Mitchell Joachim tackles the urban issues redefining our built environments and cities: his work boldly reassesses the way humans live together in the 21st Century. In mind-bending talks, 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.
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.
Joachim's projects are disruptive but also practical. His work on the MIT Smart Cities Car (which Time called the Best Invention of 2007) pushed the envelope of urban mobility in an intelligent way, while his Fab Tree Lab (which was exhibited at MoMA) uses grafted cells to erect structures—and to rethink the way we build.
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.”