Jul 3, 2019

New book: Design with Life by Terreform ONE

The work contained inside this massive new volume entitled; "Design with Life: Biotech Architecture and Resilient Cities" on Actar chronicles over a decade of urban design research and biological architecture projects created by the good people of Terreform ONE. The Co-Founders, Mitchell Joachim, and Maria Aiolova candidly discuss and unpack years of interdisciplinary research on socio-ecological experimental design for resilient cities everywhere.

Contributing Authors: 
Vivian Kuan is the Executive Director of Terreform ONE. She is an architect, business leader and on the faculty at Parsons in the Strategic Design and Management graduate program.

John Rudikoff Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at Terreform ONE. He is a lawyer and the CEO and managing director of CUBE (the Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law School. 

Heather Lord is Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at Terreform ONE. She is a philanthropy and social enterprise thought leader and practitioner. 

Christian Hubert is the former Chair of the Board of Directors at Terreform ONE. He is an educator, architect, and writer based in lower Manhattan. He is an Associate Professor at Parsons the New School of Design.

Peder Anker is an Associate Professor at NYU and the author of From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design.

Nina Edwards Anker is a sustainability-driven architect, solar lighting expert, furniture designer, academic, and Founder of NEA Studio in NYC.

Nurhan Gokturk is a successful multidisciplinary artist and urban designer in New York and Louisiana. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

Charles C. Mann is a bestselling author and journalist, specializing in scientific topics. His book 1491 won the National Academies Communication Award for the best book of the year. Most recently he published The Wizard and The Prophet.

Ray Kinoshita Mann is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the author of Without a Hitch - New Directions in Prefabricated Architecture.

Darran Anderson is the author of Imaginary Cities and the forthcoming Inventory. Art writer for Studio International, occasional writer for The Guardian, Aeon, The Quietus, Gorse, and Vice.

Bruce Lindsey is Professor and the former Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University and the author of Digital Gehry: Material Resistance, Digital Construction.

Charles McKinney is the former Principal Urban Designer for NYC Parks for 35 years and the author of the award-winning Design Manual for 21st Century Parks.

Julie Bargmann is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture founder, principal at D.I.R.T studio and the author of  The Nature of Cities.

Margie Ruddick is an international, award-winning landscape designer and the recipient of the 2013 National Design Award for landscape architecture from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Winka Dubbeldam is the Chair and Miller Professor of Architecture at PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania, award-winning architect and founder and principal of the New York firm Archi-Tectonics.

Forrest Meggers is an Assistant Professor at Princeton University School of Architecture and the author of LowEx Building Design for ZeroEmission Architecture.

Dickson Despommier is a microbiologist, an ecologist, an emeritus professor of Public and Environmental Health at Columbia University and the author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century.

Suzanne Anker is Professor and Chair, BFA Fine Arts Department, School of Visual Arts and a bio-art pioneer, visual artist and theorist working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences and the author of Epigenetic Landscapes Drawings as Metaphor.

Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss is an architect and theorist in New York. He is an ex-head of research of Herzog & De Meuron, Co-founder of School of Missing Studies, and NAO.

Orkan Telhan is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Emerging Design Practices in the School of Design at The University of Pennsylvania and the author of Designature: The Nature of Signatures in Art and Design.

Nurit Bar-Shai is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of art, science, and technology. She is the Co-Founder of Genspace.

Ellen Jorgensen is a molecular biologist leading the do-it-yourself biology movement. She is a co-founder of both Biotech Without Borders and Genspace.

William Myers is a curator, writer, and teacher based in Amsterdam. His book Biodesign identifies the emerging practice of integrating biological processes into design and architecture.

Marcos Cruz is a Professor of Architecture at the Bartlett UCL, the Co-Founder of Marcosandmarjan and the author of The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture.

Paul Clemens Bart and Marvin Bratke are German architects and designers and the Co-Founders of BART//BRATKE research and architectural studio.

Sanjeev Shankar is the founder of a research-based studio where he seeks to understand, improve and propagate this knowledge Living root bridges in North-Eastern Indian Himalayas.

Amy Karle is a transmedia artist and designer who uses the mind and body as her medium. She has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in 3D Printing.”

Bob Fisher is the Principal and Editor at Large at DesignIntelligence.

Zack Saunders is the founder of ARCH[or]studio, an anti-office engaged in investigative architectural design and experimentation, writings and conceptual art projects often situated at the intersection of architecture and theory, illustration and product design. 

Nicholas Gervasi is a licensed architect, writer, preservationist, and educator. He is a Project Architect/Head Researcher at Terreform ONE and teaches at the Pratt Institute Department of Architecture.

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Vivian Kuan, Executive Director of Terreform ONE

Vivian is the Executive Director at Terreform ONE. As an architect with an interdisciplinary background in art, architecture, entrepreneurial marketing, and startups, she is dedicated to improving the future of our environment through impactful design and education. Vivian is currently faculty at Parsons in the Strategic Design and Management graduate program.  She was a Launch Director at the incubator, Idealab! and later directed the online strategy and e-commerce business units for the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc. and for The L’Oreal Group Inc. Before business school, Vivian worked as an architect and project manager in Hong Kong for Sun Hung Kai Properties, Ltd., as well as in New York City for Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. She earned an MBA/MA at the Wharton School/Lauder program, University of Pennsylvania, and B.Arch. from Cornell University.
E-mail: vivian@terreform.org