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Resilient Buildings
Hugh Bollinger

Resilient Buildings

Mitchell Joachim (credit: Maryland Institute College of Art)

What if drywall or metal wasn't needed for constructing a building but instead contractors could utilize biological materials instead? Maybe you would prefer living in a living, green Hobbit-house? That is exactly what future-thinking architect Mitchell Joachim is exploring with his concept of: Don't build your home, grow it.

Joachim is the founder of TerraformOne, a radical attempt to combine design, architecture, urban, and ecological features into buildings. The sustainability and resilience of cities may begin to take on many new shapes and forms if any of his ideas become widely adopted. Joachim shared his perspectives on such an alternative architecture and design future to a TED conference audience. WHB

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