Feb 25, 2015

Fast Company Features Global Design Book.

Fast Company: 7 Ways Architecture Can Tackle Global Warming
Scale is the issue explored in a new book called Global Design, drawn from the global warming-focused New York University project of the same name. In it, architects Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim along with Peder Anker of NYU's environmental studies department explore climate change solutions from the design world, both completed and conceptual.

Alternative Winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki Counter-Competition is Terreform ONE

The New Official Alternative Award Winners of the Guggenheim Helsinki architecture and urban design counter-competition is Terreform ONEIt was hyped as a doubly unorthodox and unsolicited affair that was surreptitiously sponsored by Anonymous Finland, Anti-Ellsworth Toohey League, Occupy Helsinki, and the Eco-communalism Society in response to the few discourteous washouts, flops, and has-beens of the official Guggenheim contest.  

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is the foremost institution for the mass collection, conservation, and research of contemporary and modern art and controls several topmost museums around the globe. A striking museum edifice in Helsinki would be a bright compliment to the munificence and elegance of the city.

Helsinki is not some third tier forgotten underdeveloped urban site. It is a significant thriving cultural center with a compact population of educated and enlightened inhabitants. As far as wealth, Helsinki ranks in the top ten most expensive cities in Europe directly behind Oslo, Geneva, and Zurich. Why not have the people of Helsinki benefit a little extra from access to extensive fine art exhibitions and cultural event spaces? Can the Guggenheim go elsewhere? Sure. Does an art museum offend the basic integrity of Finnish society by locating an outpost inside their nation...absolutely NOT! Save Helsinki from art? That's ridiculous, like trying to "save" Brooklyn from Peter Lugers.

Congratulations to the official winners and finalists. And kudos to the multitudes that did not get selected and accepted it gracefully. Design competitions are an integral part of the profession. While subjective and not perfect, the many benefits still outweigh the constraints. Gallivanting around on a high horse demanding Helsinki reconsider the surrounding city and not the Guggenheim is a frivolous endeavor. It’s pugnacious when outsider claims are made that the good people of Helsinki (Finnish architects/ planners included) don’t prudently consider the remainder of their city and its logic of growth.   
Please see the disclaimer about Michael Sorkin HERE.

Feb 11, 2015

Mitchell Joachim at The College Art Association Event

The College Art Association - Towards a Better Future: Art, Activism, Ideas, and Opportunities beyond the Studio. 
Chair: David Brown, Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University.  
Elizabeth Thompson, Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
Mitchell Joachim, Terreform ONE.
Amina Ross, 3rd Language.  
The Autonomous Energy Research Lab.

Feb 9, 2015

Future podcast: Maria Aiolova and Cities

Killing The Breeze presents Tyler Rose Mann’s Community, Environment and Social Justice podcast. This week I sit with Maria Aiolova.

Feb 6, 2015

ARCHITECT Magazine Interview with Mitchell Joachim Terreform ONE

Mitchell Joachim of Terreform ONE is the co-founder of New York-based design nonprofit Terreform ONE, which was founded in 2006. He spoke with ARCHITECT about the organization’s design philosophy and some current projects.