Terreform ONE Biological Urbanism: An Opera of Disciplines from Architecture, Landscape, Urban Design, Biology, Engineering and Art

November 6, 2013 to February 22, 2014
Exhibition brochure

Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) is a New York-based design group that promotes environmentally conscious urban planning. Its projects are an exciting mixture of architecture, landscape, urban design, biology, engineering and art and it is dedicated to finding innovative solutions for sustainability in energy, transportation, city infrastructure and waste management. The works featured in this exhibition at Onsite [at] OCAD U highlight Terreform ONE’s interest in incorporating living organisms in design, and advancing the notion of sustainability beyond a popularized mainstream rhetoric. www.terreform.org

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 to 8 P.M., (100 McCaul, Rm 190)

Lecture with Mitchell Joachim and Nurhan Gokturk of Terreform ONE and Richard M. Sommer, Dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto

Wednesday, November 6, 8 to 10 P.M. (230 Richmond Street West)

Opening Reception


All events are free and at Onsite [at] OCAD U, 230 Richmond Street West

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 P.M.

Insite Exhibition Tour with Ian Clarke, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences & School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University

Ian Clarke is a cancer stem cell biologist, research scientist, professor and practicing artist. He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Queen’s University, and is a Fellow of the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. He is currently the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences & School of Interdisciplinary Studies at OCAD University.

Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 P.M.

Insite Curator’s Tour with Lisa Deanne Smith, Acting Curator, Onsite [at] OCAD U

Lisa Deanne Smith is engaged in a cultural practice that moves between multiple mediums — art, curating, writing and arts administration — exploring issues of voice, experience and power. Recent curatorial projects at Onsite [at] OCAD University include No Dull Affairs: Karen Lofgren, Vanessa Maltese, Jillian McDonald; Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age; and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes. She received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 P.M.

Insite Exhibition Tour with Bruce Hinds, Chair, Environmental Design, OCAD University

Bruce Hinds is an architect and the Chair of Environmental Design at OCAD University. He maintains an active practice addressing issues of sustainable community structures in the Third World. Current Projects include working with a multidisciplinary team of physicians and specialists in the Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania, to construct a sustainable community for children affected by HIV. Bruce holds degrees in psychology, architecture, and fine art.

Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 P.M.

Freestyle Farm: An Urban Homestead presentation and hands-on workshop with Jill Chen and Kevin Hewitt, OCAD University Alumni, Urban Farmers and Photographers

Jill and Kevin, both photographers and OCAD alumni, turned their backyard into an urban farm three years ago. See how it's possible to grow your own food in the city, year-round, indoors and out. They will share their experience with raising chickens, quails and ducks for eggs, mushroom cultivation, sprouts and micro-greens, backyard orchard culture, and basement aquaponics. Also, see what it's like living with two, not so-mini pet pigs.

Jill Chen is a photographer, graphic designer, and urban farmer. After running a design studio for twenty years, Jill gave it all up for a simpler way of living. When she’s not styling or photographing food, she’s growing food with the goal of being self-sustaining with year-round organic produce. You can follow Jill’s blog, www.freestylefarm.ca , for beautiful photos that will inspire you to cook or grow something.

Kevin Hewitt is a commercial photographer based in Toronto. A master of lighting and a digital geek he’s shoots food, drinks, product, people and kids. When Kevin is not behind the camera, he’s growing or catching something on his urban farm.

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30 P.M.

Terrarium workshop with grOCAD: Want to make your own little green world? Join us and create your personal, creative terrarium, a little piece of oasis in jars for your indoor spaces. Learn the tips and tricks on growing moss, lichen and air plants. Best way to grow for beginners or Black Thumbs as they are super low maintenance varieties! Hosted by Che Chi Liu, Tom Doughty and Mary Ma of grOCAD.

Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 P.M.

Lecture with Nikki Musina on Bees, Pollinators, and Insect Wonders with grOCAD: From the aquatic environment of Lake Victoria in Kenya to an agricultural operation in an almond field in California to the tomato plants in your own backyard, insects are teaming in every ecosystem across all geographical settings. Their importance is manifest in their roles in pollination and the sustaining of food webs, their interactions with plants leading to close-knit evolutionary co-developments, and their many political and ecological entanglements. Come learn about the insects that support and change our planet. Hosted by Alex McLaren and Che Chi Liu of grOCAD.

Wednesday, February 12, 5:00 P.M.

Regrow Your Kitchen Scraps workshop with grOCAD: Turning your kitchen scraps into a veggie garden is easy and fun. In this workshop, learn about the food & plants you can regrow from vegetable scraps, get to know ways that you can extend their life while regrowing more food for your next meal – save you money and reduce food waste. In addition, learn about the better and optimal ways to store your fruits and vegetables so they don't turn black in your fridge in days. Hosted by Emily O'Rouke and Che Chi Liu of grOCAD.

grOCAD is a student led organization that works towards integrating plant life into our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life, and heighten awareness of urban agricultural practices.

Terreform ONE [Open Network Ecology]

A Non-Profit Architecture Group for Smart City Design, Ecological Planning, and Public Art in New York City.

Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D., is Co-Founder and Director of Research, Terreform ONE and Associate Professor of Practice, New York University. He was chosen by Wired magazine for "The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To". Rolling Stone honored him with "The 100 People Who Are Changing America". He earned a Ph.D. Architecture, MIT, M.A.U.D., Harvard University, and M.Arch., Columbia University.

Maria Aiolova is Co-Founder and Director of Education, Terreform ONE and Academic Director of Global Architecture and Design, CIEE. She is Co-Chair of ONE Lab NY School for Design and Science and ONE Prize Award. She is an institutional adviser to New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Maria is currently a visiting faculty at University of Applied Arts Vienna. She earned a M.A.U.D., Harvard University, B.Arch., Wentworth IT, and Dipl.-Ing., Technical University of Vienna, AT/ Sofia, BG.

Melanie Fessel is Director of Design, Terreform ONE and Managing Editor of Ecogram. Melanie was an associate with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and worked as an architect with a focus on municipal buildings and masterplanning in Spain, Switzerland, and New York City. She earned a M.Arch II, Cooper Union, and Dipl.-Ing., Technical University of Berlin, DE/ Polytechnic University of Catalonia UPC, Barcelona, ES.

Nurhan Gokturk is Director of Innovation, Terreform ONE and Founder, Hometime L.L.C. He conceived of Project2020, an initiative to develop 2,020 modular homes as infill strategy on blighted and abandoned lots in New Orleans. He has been featured in Metropolis Magazine, and awarded Gambit's Top 40 under 40. Nurhan was a contributing artist to the Louisiana SPCA auction. He earned a M.A.U.D., Harvard University, and B.Arch, Pratt Institute.

Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D., is Director of Science at Terreform ONE and Genspace/ Bioworks Institute. He is also the Sandholm Visiting Professor and Assistant Director of the Center for Biomedical Engineering at The Cooper Union. He has worked at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals and mentored two Harvard University teams for the IGEM (international genetically engineered machines) competitions. Oliver has been awarded the TED fellowship. He earned a Ph.D. Harvard Medical School and B.A. Biology, Hunter College.

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