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For Terreform ONE, Bioengineering is the Future of Design

12:00 - 9 January, 2016

Could an emergency shelter also provide its users with food? Could we make furniture you can eat? Could you merge furniture and farming into one device?

It’s questions like these that set biodesign studio Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) apart from other design collaboratives. Instead of looking at design as finding a solution to solve one problem, their structures and furniture pieces try to tackle many issues facing the planet all at once. Need a structure to house refugees as well as find them a reliable source for protein? Why not build them a home that also acts as a cricket farm?

Terreform ONE's Biological Benches Question Traditional Manufacturing Methods

12:30 - 30 December, 2015
Terreform ONE's Biological Benches Question Traditional Manufacturing Methods, Courtesy of Terreform ONE
Courtesy of Terreform ONE

What if your chair was compostable? That's the question posed by this series of experiments with biologically-produced benches which are not so much manufactured as they are grown. Together, Terreform ONE and Genspace have developed two bioplastic chairs through similar processes: one, a chaise longue, is formed from a series of parametrically-shaped white ribs with a cushioned top; the second, a low-level seat for use by young children, comprises interlocking segments that can be used to twist the chair into different shapes.

ONE Prize 2014: Smart Dock Winners Announced

00:00 - 8 November, 2014
First Prize: SELF GROWING LAB / Victor Diaz, Ariel Santiago, Carlos Garcia, Danniely Staback, Nestor Lebron (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Image Courtesy of Terreform ONE
First Prize: SELF GROWING LAB / Victor Diaz, Ariel Santiago, Carlos Garcia, Danniely Staback, Nestor Lebron (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Image Courtesy of Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE has named “The Lucent Cube” and “Self Growing Lab” as joint winners of ONE Prize 2014: Smart Dock, an open ideas competition for a ONE Lab educational facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The challenge captured the attention of 99 teams from more than 22 countries. Ultimately, two winners, a third prize and an honorable mention were honored.

More details and the winning projects, after the break.

2012 ONE Prize Competition: BLIGHT TO MIGHT

04:00 - 30 April, 2012
Courtesy of Terreform ONE
Courtesy of Terreform ONE

Terreform ONE is now accepting submissions for the 2012 ONE Prize Competition: BLIGHT TO MIGHT. The competition is a call to put design in the service of disenfranchised communities, to reinvigorate deindustrialized and depressed urban areas, and to repurpose spaces for economic growth and job creation. Situated in the context of a struggling U.S. economy and the tension of stagnant unemployment, ONE Prize 2012 aims to explore the socially, economically, and ecologically regenerative possibilities of urban transformation and design. The competition is powered by the idea that social, ecological, and economic struggles can simultaneously be addressed through collaborative action and innovative planning. Deadlines for submissions is June 30. For more information, please visit their official website here.