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Ecological Design Group for Urban Infrastructure, Building, Planning, and Art.
Re-invent and negotiate the
complex mix that encompasses
the next city.

Whose job is it to create a city?  Our
intention is to jumpstart a new profession
that can re-invent and negotiate the
complex mix that encompasses a city.  We
have defined a radical new occupation to
regenerate, pioneer, and sustain the
future urban realm. These innovative multi-
disciplinarian advocates are called
Urbaneers. Their immense task is to
manifest and facilitate the City 2.0 across
the globe.  Each Urbaneer is an individual
with a different set of versatile abilities that
merge previously disparate occupations.  
They range from combined ecological
architects and engineers to action based
urban planners and developers.  Almost
any recombined professional activities will
work, so long as they meet the constantly
changing needs of urbanization.  
Urbaneers perform in a role akin to Jane
Jacobs, but at the magnitude and
accomplishment of Robert Moses. An
excellent historical example of an
Urbaneer is Frederick Law Olmstead.  For
years, we have shaped a school called
ONE Lab that has expanded on this very
notion.  ONE Lab instructs in the art of
Urbaneering to people seeking to
augment their sensibilities and operate
within cities.  We wish to further develop
an Urbaneer curriculum at ONE Lab.

ONE Lab was founded as an urban non-
profit group concerned with research and
education in the synthesis of urban
thinking.  It began as an extraordinary think
tank of architects, engineers, media
artists, biologists, industrial designers,
urban ecologists, physicists, and planners
seeking alternatives to traditional forms of
teaching and professional practice.
Through our interaction, we exposed the
need for an interdisciplinary pedagogical
free zone, where students and
practitioners can generously discuss and
conduct experiments that have a positive
effect on the global community.  ONE Lab
is poised to cultivate change.  Our
laboratory advances professionals
towards an intellectual schema that
recalibrates the meaning of city.  ONE Lab
promotes the investigation and erudition
needed for the first generation of
Urbaneers. Ultimately, the job of city
creation belongs to everyone including a
new cadre of highly trained specialists.

ONE Lab Action Plan
Our action plan has already taken effect.  
We started ONE Lab in 2009 at our
nonprofit organization Terreform ONE.  
We’ve had over a two hundred full-
time summer students attend the lectures,
workshops and studio courses.  The
growing success of ONE Lab also points
to the increasing number of people who
are interested in DIY and collective modes
of practice. At this point we wish to begin a
year-round effort in the Spring Term of
2013. At our building the Metropolitan
Exchange in Downtown Brooklyn, we are
expanding to 15,000 sq ft. of space to
sponsor lectures, perform workshops and
hold public exhibitions.

We are working with Macro Sea Inc. to
transform the Brooklyn Navy Yard Turbine
Building 128, a stunning former
shipbuilding factory, into a collaborative
design and technology center that
encourages inventiveness. In the Fall of
2014, ONE Lab will be joined at the Navy
Yard by other design schools and cutting
edge design companies to create a hub of
innovation promoted by the NYC Mayorâ
€™s Office.   

Budget Review
Plans are now underway to expand ONE
Lab, which has been structured as a
summer program for the last three years,
into a new model for education. We are
working to develop a new curriculum to
address the emerging interdisciplinary
field of global Urbaneering. The added
funds will be used to write and evaluate a
new program of study.  Our team at
Terreform ONE will be charged with the
task to generate the Urbaneer prospectus
to study future cities. This includes
workshops, exhibitions, and lectures to
define the nascent field of Urbaneering.

Community Outreach
ONE Lab advocates urban thinking by
cultivating community organizers and
activists.  Today, city government and
grassroots movements require more
demands than traditional silo
encapsulated professionals can procure.
We must break away from insular
territories of knowledge and redefine the
limits of future neighborhoods.  Urbaneers
have the technical knowhow combined
with conceptual exuberance.  In order to
redefine our urban community we need to
redefine the supportive disciplines that
instigate it. In its simplest form, an
Urbaneer is someone with an existing
career track that adds a consecutive
qualified activity to focus on cities. This
focal point can be in concepts of waste,
food, water, air quality, mobility, energy,
and culture.  Our educational venture, ONE
Lab, is poised to cultivate this change.  
Our school boosts people into an
advanced intellectual filter towards the
recalibration of the city. As members of an
urban community, Urbaneers can serve to
better inform leaders or become leaders

Long-term Vision
Our Urbaneering program at ONE Lab
aspires to create a vision of the next city.
The mission is to form heterodox
approaches urgently needed in the age of
natural resource scarcity. We seek
synchronized global and local solutions
that can open the sociopolitical borders
that all too often disconnect design from
people. Our overarching aim is to develop
a language of urban thinking that can
create proximity between individual
responsibility and the current global
environmental crisis. We perceive
environmental problems as an issue of
human alienation from the natural world,
and our initiative will explore ways in which
design and science can reformat this
separation.  Innovation, for us, is the
answer to equitable cities and eco-

The City 2.0 needs a new breed of
communicator.  A person skilled in the art
of cites beyond the typical planners, civil
engineers, and architects of today.  These
fields need a multifaceted filter of reason
to incorporate a profound comprehension
of place.  An Urbaneer posits the solutions
to urban problems that normally take
multiple disciplines to solve. Why canâ
€™t an architect design a transportation
system or an ecologist design a building
complex, or an automotive engineer
design an urban landscape?  We are
looking to merge the edification and skills
needed to reform the city of today.

Main Lessons
We desire to learn more about
mechanisms of change that reach the
public. How can city thinkers communicate
and receive continuous feedback to the
denizens of a place?  It’s vitally
important to reinvestigate theories and
projects such as the Masdar City, NYC
Highline, Smart Cities, and Landscape
Urbanism and redistribute their cathartic
elements elsewhere.  Every city is
different, yet successful principles and
patterns of dwelling are known.  These are
the methods to transfer into other
environs. Through innovative education,
we believe this is possible.

ONE Lab develops its pedagogy based on
the needs of interdisciplinary workshops
and improvised studio areas.  This
rarefied mixture of different knowledge
sets in close proximity formulated a
unique alliance.  Its shares values are
evoked in dialogues between discipline
groups in order to solve problems. At this
juncture, freely organized teams produce
solutions that can span multiple fields of
expertise around the world.  Eventually, we
seek to create ONE Lab Urbaneer
charters around the world.

Mitchell Joachim, PhD, Co-President
Architect, Urban Designer, Environmental

Maria Aiolova, LEED AP, Co-President
Architect, Urban Designer

Melanie Fessel
Architect and Director of Design Research

Christian Hubert

Oliver Medvedik, PhD
Biologist, Director of Genspace

Dan O'Connor
Artist, Photography and Installation

Eliot Hodges, Executive Director
Business Administration

Linn Blasberg
Susanna Burrows
Adrian De Silva
Bojana Djukanovic
Shruti Grover
Elizabeth Haid
Jacqueline Hall
Andrew Liang
Wagdy Moussa
Pianka Paul
Savina Romanos
Josef Schrock
James Schwartz
Stefan Stanojevic
Ignacio Suqué

John Angelo Alonzo
Rawan Alsaffar
Guillaume Bellanger
Pieter Bertheloot
Sean Crowley
Shira Davis
Ella Dorfman
Brandon Ellis
Akshay Goyal
Kevin Hall
Naomi Kaly
Iwanka Kultschyckyj
Sophie Laffont
Whitney Lewis
Zhewei Lin
Jacob Lindsay
Chris Merritt
Hallie Miller
Masha Pekurovsky
Ji Qu
John Rice
Doug Robb
Gina Rodriguez
Giacomo Trentanovi
Caroline Wallis
Hayden White
Elizabeth Anne Williams
Raffaella Zanotti
Xin Zhong
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