Space for Ideas x Urbanista.org/Recode presents “Towards Metabolic Cities”
with special feature guest – Mitchell Joaquim, co-founder of Terreform One invited by LimeWharf
Curated by Thomas Ermacora in collaboration with Lucy Bullivant, Urbanista.org. Presented as part of the Space for Ideas & Urbanista.org/Recode discussion series
Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founder, Terreform One
Richard Reynolds, Founder, Guerrilla Gardening
Paul Smyth, Founder, Something & Son and FARM:shop
‘Metabolic Cities’ is a joint thematic evening in the Space for Ideas and Urbanista.org/Recode event series hosted by LimeWharf, and will investigate potential conceptual frameworks for the interaction between the built environment and ‘living’ technologies.
‘A number of research teams around the world, academic institutions and material science companies are influencing the future of the fabric of the built environment’ says Ermacora. ‘In deploying speculative, unfinished technologies need a chance to mature in a real setting, they are helping to define ways in which architecture, urbanism and planning the future of cities will happen. ‘
‘This event is an opportunity for selected practitioners involved in different arenas of the urban realm to talk about how they see the interaction between the living and the inert in the not-so-distant future closer to 2050, and for the audience to intervene in these far-reaching discussions.
Will cities become more organic? Places where the buildings are grown, with skins functionally integrating energy generation and food production, for which there is no such thing as the distinction between nature and the building? Are there real prospects for a symbiotic relationship between synthetic and organic biology in urban environments of the future?
Why can’t questions around sustainability be treated in a less formalistic, technocratic way but instead in a fashion which integrates with the processes nature? Wouldn’t today’s anthropocentric cultures therefore have a better chance to evolve, breaking the boundaries between architecture and nature? What are the prospects for a more sensual urban environment that doesn’t generate an opposition between what we build and where we come from?’
You can buy tickets for individual talks (£8/£5 students) or get a discount by purchasing a membership for all 8 talks in the Space for Ideas series plus an additional social event (£50/£30 students).
Your ticket includes some light food & drink.
Space for ideas is an event series co-created by LimeWharf, GoodPeople, CIVA, and The Exponentials. The evenings explore a variety of topics, and we are striving to create a perfect balance between inspirational talks and collaborative discussions. Our collective mission is to create a platform where good people can connect, learn, explore and make good ideas happen. Space For Ideas website
Thomas Ermacora is a thought leader and futurist working mainly as a creative director and social entrepreneur in the fields of design, new media, food and disruptive technologies. He is the founder, architect and curator of the Limewharf.org cultural innovation gallery and Clear Village strategic urban regeneration specialist agency.
Mitchell Joachim, PhD, is a Co-Founder of Terreform ONE. He is an Associate Professor in Practice at NYU and EGS in Switzerland. He was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners, and Pei Cobb Freed. He is a TED Senior Fellow and has been awarded fellowships with Moshe Safdie and Martin Society for Sustainability, MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for The Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To. Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in The 100 People Who Are Changing America, and his many awards include AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, Victor Papanek Social Design Award, Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity, History Channel Infiniti Award for City of the Future, and Time Magazine Best Invention with MIT Smart Cities Car. Dwell magazine featured him as The NOW 99 in 2012.
Richard Reynolds has been guerrilla gardening for nearly a decade, transforming neglected patches of his local community and writing about similar activity around the world. His book On Guerrilla Gardening (Bloomsbury, 2009) charts activities across 30 countries and 360 years. His accidental activism is part of a loose global movement in which he plays a leading role sharing inspirational stories and stoking motivation.
Paul Smyth is an engineer and designer and the founder and Director of Something & Son, Co-Create Consulting and FARM:shop, all established in 2010. FARM: shop is London’s urban farming hub, indoor farm and café, created with Sam Henderson (now running a successful farm in Dorset) to excite and inspire city dwellers to grow their own food and make an income doing this. It cuts carbon and reduces waste by using the latest agricultural innovations in aquaponics, hydroponics, vermiculture and greenhouse design.
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Dec . 17 . 2013