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In 2017, Terreform continued its work intervening in vexed urban situations, from the South Side of Chicago to New York City to the locales receiving refugee flows. We continue to work for a more just, sustainable and beautiful future for the world’s cities.
South Side Stories, a collaborative project which proposes to leverage the arrival of the Obama Library on Chicago’s South Side to effect community development and social change, continued apace with conversations with local politicians, activists, and neighborhood associations. In New York, heated controversy surrounded the proposed development at Pier 55. Our suggestion—hailed as a common sense approach—shifted the development and the $250 million to Pier 40, further south (documented in Manhattan Transfer). While the original plans ultimately got the boost from state and local politicians, our suggestions stand and we continue to monitor the situation with community groups in the neighborhood. 

City in Transformation
Our largest project, New York City (Steady) State, is forging ahead, and was featured at this year’s Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Our research and design explore ways in which the city can become self-sufficient within its political boundaries. Designed around a series of urban design and spatial transformations and imagining the extreme scenario of complete autonomy as well as other measured evolutions, we catalogue the technologies and morphologies required by the city’s food, waste, air, water, climate, energy, manufacturing, construction, and other metabolic systems. Collaborators welcome, contact Andrea Johnson, Terreform research director.


Also underway is Unsettled, which has brought together more than a dozen designers and scholars at our studio for ongoing working sessions to discuss the current refugee crisis—and the exodus from Syria to urban host sites abroad.
Interested? Contact: Deen Sharp, Terreform co-director.
In our publishing front, UR (Urban Research) was bolstered by grants from the Graham Foundation and Furthermore—A Program of the JM Kaplan Fund. Event highlights of the year included The Helsinki Effect launch at the Institute for Public Knowledge; Vanessa Keith, author of 2100: A Dystopian Utopia, as keynote speaker at the Louisville Sustainability Council Summit; while Waterproofing New York editors presented at ASLA's annual meeting; and Sylvia Morse, Zoned Out! co-editor, led a community discussion at McNally Jackson Books—Soho. Archived listing of events, video clips, citations can be found here.  
Editors Celeste Olalquiaga and Lisa Blackmore produced an exquisite volume—Downward Spiral— about Caracas’ El Helicoide, a striking, mid-20th-century modernist structure which has had successive incarnations as squatter settlement, political prison and police headquarters. Join us this January 17 as we kick off the new year with its launch at the Center for Architecture! 

Zoned Out! went into a second printing.
Check out our holiday gift guide.

Next up for publication are:
Letters to the Leaders of China:
Kongjian Yu and the Future of the Chinese City

Edited by Terreform
Contributions from Ai Weiwei, Thomas J. Campanella, Zhongjie Lin,  Xuefei Ren, Peter Rowe, Michael Sorkin, Daniel Sui, Julie Sze

Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and the Construction of a Social Landscape 
Edited by Anthony Fontenot 
Contributions from Anthony Denzer, Anthony Fontenot, Anali Gharakhani, and Nicholas Olsberg with photographs by Kyungsub Shin and Julius Shulman

Spaces of Disappearance:
The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition
By Jordan Carver

Coming later in 2018:

New York City Steady State: Homegrown and Open Gaza, Edited by Terreform
We are working hard to create new spaces for independent research projects and to disseminate progressive, creative insights widely. 

Help us support our authors and our in-house research team in their quest for sensitive, sensible and imaginative outcomes for our urban planet. 

Terreform is grateful to our supporters: ELYSIUM Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, George Sorkin, Michael Sorkin Studio, and an anonymous donor. MEGALOPOLIS Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, Frank Gehry, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Jean Louis Bourgeois, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Turenscape, The Venice Biennale–2010 American Pavilion. METROPOLE Furthermore–A Program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, Moshe Safdie, Rockwell Group, The City College of New York–Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. CITY Elisabeth Block, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Roberta Brandes Gratz,  Richard Menaker, TEN Arquitectos.
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