DLD Conference: Mitchell Joachim On Improving Ecological City Development
And who, exactly, should be designing these cities? The urban centers Joachim envisions are a far cry from how we operate our cities today. He has been designing soft cars that eliminate collision fatalities and parks that provide recreational space and produce energy. He creates homes that are equal parts exterior and interior—where the abode is one with the landscape that surrounds it, and operates in tandem with the natural environment. To achieve these kind of alterations, Joachim says, "you need someone who has all the power and agency to make change, but someone that cares directly and is focused in on the community simultaneously." This new career title is someone he refers to as an "urbaneer."
A TED Fellow, partner at Planetary ONE, and Co-President of Terreform ONE, Joachim is devoted to developing disruptive solutions for the future of urban planning. Whether it's chairs composed of organic materials created in vitro, or homes that are grafted from living organisms, his work combines biology and architecture into a single discipline. His work is as practical as it is mind-bending. In his talks, he explores the technologies that are already starting to redesign our cities—and where those advancements will take us in the future.