Greens in Gotham

June 11, 2012

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

You can now walk into Whole Foods and bare the fruit (or, more accurately, vegetables) of Viraj Puri’s ONE Prize proposal. All the way from on top of an abandoned bowling alley in Brooklyn, the solar-powered greenhouse known as Gotham Greens is producing various brands of green vegetables using hydroponics. The computer-controlled system brings a new efficiency to farming through the use of mineral nutrient solutions. The  technique eliminates the need for soil, recycles water and eradicates agricultural runoff and chemical pesticides, thereby enabling optimal flavor and quality year-round.

Since its first harvest last year, Gotham Greens has successfully made it to the tables of Gramercy Tavern and can also be found on the shelves of Brooklyn Standard, Whole Foods Market, Fresh Direct, D’Agostino’s and Union Market, amongst other locations.

Super Levee Urban Farm Proposal – An Update

June 11, 2012

Following their award of the ONE Prize in 2011, partners Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller of AGENCY showcased their winning project, Super Levee Urban Farm, in the publication My Green City | Back to Nature with Attitude and Style (Gestalten, 2011) and at Barcelona’s eme3 International Architecture Festival and in Made Up: Design’s Fictions at the Art Center College of Design in California. In 2011, the duo were selected as one of ARCHITECT Magazine’s Emerging Talents and also were awarded the 2010-2011 Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome.

At the heart of Super Levee Urban Farm is a global system of levees which amounts to a sequence of ecologies that feed into each other. Clippings, compost, and surplus crops from farming levels are used as nutrients and food for fish farms, marshes and restorative dune ecologies. Waste from marine life and nutrients from algal habitats are then used to fertilize farm levels, making the levee a complete ecology.

Speaker of the New York City Council Christine C. Quinn Heads the Jury of ONE Prize 2012

June 6, 2012


Terreform ONE is proud to announce that Speaker Quinn has agreed to chair a dynamic selection of jury members for the ONE PRIZE 2012: Blight to Might, an open international design competition for transforming cities through innovation.

Christine C. Quinn has spent her career in public service, fighting for policies and services that are critical to the lives of New Yorkers. As a Speaker of the City Council, she has helped New York City to develop an economy of innovation through tax credits and initiatives to support new ventures in the five boroughs.

Early Registration: May 31, 2012: Registration and Submission; June 30, 2012.

Kids (actually) Farming in the City – A Success Story

June 5, 2012

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Eighty green beds later, our utopian-eyed finalist from 2010 is getting ready to open its rooftop farm this September. Kids Farming in the City (a.k.a. The Fifth Street Farm), is an edible garden perched across the roofs of three East Village schools, P.S. 64, the Tompkins Square Middle School and the Earth School. The raised deck will be programmed into the curricula of the pre-kindergarden to eighth grade students who will utilize it. Providing both food for stomach and thought, the farm will be used for growing produce for the schools’ cafeteria and classroom cooking, for a sensory garden, as well as for theme-based gardens such as Native American agriculture, nutrition and sustainability.

The project is by Michael Arad, Earth School parent as well as designer of the World Trade Center Memorial, “Reflecting Absence” which saw its millionth visitor within months of its opening. Arad also chaired the jury of the prestigious New York City AIDS Memorial Park Design Competition last year.

Announcing the ONE Prize Jury

May 15, 2012

The jury has been announced!!

Carlo Aiello, Editor-in-Chief, eVolo Magazine; 
Julie Bargmann, Founding Principal, D.I.R.T. Landscape Architecture
David Belt, Founder and Executive Director, Macro Sea; 
Dan D’Oca, Partner, Interboro Partners; 
Evan Douglis, Dean, RPI School of Architecture; 
Jason Goodman, Founder and Executive Director, 3rd Ward;
Robert Hammond, Co-Founder, Friends of the High Line; 
Andrew Kimball, President and CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Developing Corporation; 
Leslie Koch, President, The Trust for Governors Island; 
Jonathan Marvel, Partner, Rogers Marvel Architects; 
William Moggridge, Director, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; 
Mahadev Raman, Chairman, Americas Arup;


April 25, 2012

Check out the ONE Prize 2012 Promotional Video!

TransTrans Global Summit 4/26

April 23, 2012

TransTrans Global Summit 4/26

Water Transportation
$5 gas and record temperatures may make transportation innovation this summer’s hot topic.  Even minor climate change could render much of NYC’s subway network useless.  However, NYC has a powerful alternative – its blue network of waterways.  Join Terreform ONE Co-President Maria Aiolova and an expert panel and discuss ONE PRIZE 2011: Water as the Sixth Borough and the potential for water transportation innovation.

Panelists include:
·         Helena Durst, VP of the Durst Organization
·         Roland Lewis, CEO of Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
·         Alexandro Washburn, Chief Urban Designer, NYC DCP

Visit for the full agenda.

We announce ONE Prize 2012: BLIGHT TO MIGHT

April 18, 2012

The 2012 ONE Prize competition is calling on individuals of all backgrounds to activate the socially, economically, and ecologically regenerative possibilities of design. Situated in the context of a struggling U.S. economy and the tension of stagnant unemployment, ONE Prize 2012 is predicated on the idea that design can be a vehicle for positive social change, collaborative action, and economic growth.

Can we rework the skeletons of 20th century manufacturing for 21st century innovation?
Can former plants in Detroit become greenhouses, schools, theaters?
Can mill towns be revamped as digital fabrication hubs?
Can vacant parking lots become farms or parks?
Can abandoned strip malls be reinvented?
Can we reboot the American economy?

Find out more and submit your ideas here:

AIA NY Article about One Prize 2011!

February 2, 2012



A new article by Lisa Delgado emphasizes the importance of water issues for urban development in NYC, and how this was addressed by the One Prize 2011 competition. Check it out at this link:


One Prize 2011 Awards Ceremony

January 25, 2012

On January 18th, 2012, Terreform ONE was proud to host the Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Opening for the second annual ONE Prize Design and Science Award at the AIA Center for Architecture in NYC.  Traveling from as far as Toronto, L.A., and Colorado, the ONE Prize winners celebrated their achievements alongside the competition’s prestigious jury members, friends and colleagues, and numerous public attendees. The ceremony was a great success, and the exhibition will be open until February 11.