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 Terreform One Designs Monarch Sanctuary for Cooper Hewitt Triennial Nature

NEW BUILDING SYSTEM WITH BASF THAT COULD BRING BIODIVERSITY BACK TO NYC

Terreform ONE has been selected to exhibit their Monarch Sanctuary project for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s upcoming National Design Triennial themed Nature, which will open May 9, 2019. The Monarch Sanctuary, a building facade system that doubles as a vertical meadow for monarch butterflies, is intended to serve as an object lesson in enhancing urban space with satellite habitats, designed for other species, that convey new possibilities for a more biodiverse and hospitable built environment.


 
 
 
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BIO CITY MAP OF 11 BILLION

In the next 100 years we can expect human population to reach 11 billion people. What does this increased massive growth look like? Our Bio City Map is a hybrid art and science installation that links: transgenic design, cartography, urban planning, and 3d parametric graphics.

We formed a world map based on the Dymaxion grid to communicate an all-encompassing view of population
density in cities based on probabilistic census data. The map visualizes the earth as one entire urbanized place, instead of unconnected settlements, municipalities, and disparate regions.

Our Bio City Map displays population density as a parametric graph on the front and through living biosynthetic transgenic matter on the back. These
living elements focus on twenty-five mega-cities, genetically designed and grown inside petri dishes.

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CREATORSPACE™ NYC: SUMMIT & EXHIBITION

In 2015, BASF celebrated its 150th anniversary by hosting a series of events called the Creator Space™ Tour in New York City in late May. To kick off this occasion, BASF hosted a Summit - Revitalizing Red Hook, an area devasted by Hurricane Sandy - for which they engaged us to develop the key topics, problem framework, workshops, solution methodology, and exhibition, as well as to tap local experts and Red Hook residents to crowd-source and co-create innovative solutions. Together, the mission was to share, debate and innovate towards tangible solutions to address key Urban Living challenges.

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CREATE-A-THON DESIGN COMPETITION

Throughout this 24hr design competition, developed for BASF, we assembled and guided interdisciplinary teams composed of urban designers, red hook residents, artists, writers, and students to answer the following question: “How can we revitalize Red Hook’s built environment to invite people to work, play, and experience better urban living?”

On more than one occasion over the past 10 years, the city has explored the possibility of new transit projects such as a tram, or a new subway station, however, each proposal was scrapped. Why? Low population density does not justify the expenditure. While the desire of being mobile is innate among the citizens of Red Hook, the means to do so during all four seasons do not exist, preventing Red Hook from reaching its economic potential.