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About Me

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.

United States, Brooklyn, NY
Current organization:
Terreform ONE + Planetary ONE
Current role:
Areas of expertise:
Architecture, Urban Mobility, Urban Design, ecological design, Future Cities
I am:
Architect, Brainstormer, Consultant, Designer, Educator/Teacher, Environmentalist, Idea generator, Inventor, Scientist
My website links:
Terreform 1, Archinode Studio
MIT, Columbia, Harvard
TED conferences attended:
TEDGlobal 2012, TED2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TED2011, TED2010

TEDCRED 200+ TED SpeakerTED Fellow

More About Me

I'm passionate about

Cities, Ecology, and Mobility

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 more… Of course they are not brand new concepts, but its now more possible and relevant than ever.

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 that 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.


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