Mitchell Joachim

Co-Founder, Terreform ONE + Planetary ONE
Brooklyn, NY, United States

About Mitchell


Dr. Joachim is a leader in ecological design and urbanism. He is a Co-Founder at Terreform + Planetary ONE. He earned a Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MAUD Harvard University, M.Arch. Columbia University. Mitchell is an Associate Professor at NYU and previously was the Frank Gehry Chair at University of Toronto. Earlier, he was faculty at Columbia, Syracuse, Washington, and Parsons. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He has been awarded fellowships at TED2010, Moshe Safdie Assoc., and Martin Society for Sustainability at MIT. He won the History Channel and Infiniti Excellence Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention of 2007, Compacted Car w/ MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at MoMA and widely published. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". In 2009 he was interviewed on the Colbert Report. Popular Science magazine has featured his work as a visionary for "The Future of the Environment" in 2010.



TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TED2011, TED2010

Areas of Expertise

Architecture, Urban Mobility, Urban Design, ecological design, Future Cities

An idea worth spreading

Homes can and should be truly organic. Different from the kind of organic houses Frank Lloyd Wright had in mind, and actually edible. And while I'm at it; cars should be soft. We designed these ideas and moreā€¦ Of course they are not brand new concepts, but its now more possible and relevant than ever.

I'm passionate about

Cities, Ecology, and Mobility


Columbia, Harvard, MIT

Talk to me about

Big ideas for cities, new kinds of transport and/or energy, fine art, bad art, ecosystems, movies, and Brooklyn...

People don't know I'm good at

Double bass drums

My TED story

My TED story starts somewhere between hearing Majora Carter and Kevin Kelly, and has yet to end.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Mitchell Joachim
Posted about 2 years ago
Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it!
This talk used the novel idea of a meat house (in vitro meat habitat) to communicate the possibilities of real biological and tissue engineering processes in architectural design. Previously the idea did not exist and I'm somewhat delighted to say has instigated a three year polemic discourse on the topic. Revisit the threads below to find a reply to various queries on the same subject. Moreover, 3d bio printing technology has erupted after the publication of this project. Other talks released a year later look at organ printing. Also more interesting products that use syringes to print biological materials have become commercially available. The Lady Gaga meat dress was presented almost a year after our publication and four years earlier in 2006, Diller and Scofidio produced their meat dress.