UR 2017, Terreform's renewed website, and our new online archive of research. Terreform In Progress—May 2017
Comrades! Greetings from Michael Sorkin Studio, Terreform, and UR (Urban Research). As summer begins, so do new projects. It's an exciting time for us—Sorkin Studio just completed a project in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and are about to start a new one in Xi’an, China. Terreform turned heads with its presentation of Home Grown at the Mundaneum Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. We are also in the beginning stages of a new book project entitled Unsettlement and are eager to meet with interested collaborators. Furthermore, UR is pleased to announce its latest title, Downward Spiral, is ready for pre-order and will be a feature event this week. We hope you'll join us on our endeavors! Read on for details.
Mixed Use Development, Corporation Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sorkin Studio has completed a study of central Belfast, commissioned by the Northern Ireland government, to propose strategies for its revitalization. The work is focused on bringing mixed-use projects to three sites under public ownership, each of which is to include government offices, commercial space, housing, and cultural facilities.
Urban Design Competition of Baima River Area, Fengxi New City, Xi'an, China
Sorkin Studio won first place in the Baima River Urban Design Competition.

Excerpt from project text: "The circular form allows us to inscribe a powerful morphology that forms an exception to an over-dominant grid and helps to organize a large architectural element: a great crescent of building. Like many other urban parks, the one will create a special edge that—added to the edge facing the Baima River—will yield especially desirable views and urban character."

Downward Spiral
Thurs, July 13, 5:30 - 8:00pm
The Center for Architecture, New York, NY

Please join us at the closing event of El Helicoide: From Mall to Prison.
Presenters include Downward Spiral editors, Celeste Olalquiaga and Lisa Blackmore, along with President of Archivo Fotografía Urbana, and human rights activist with Acción por la Libertad, Diana Lopez.
Register here as general public and use discount code "helicoide" for free admission.

Terreform is pleased to announce a new book project analyzing the spatial and cultural dimensions of the refugee camp. As a morphology, refugee camps are now widely seen by international organizations and many governments as ineffective and even harmful to refugee populations. Unsettlement will feature contributions from architects, social scientists, and urbanists interested in the spatial transformations and interventions required to incorporate populations from a broad range of “unsettled sites” into the fabric of cities.

If you would like more information please contact

Looking for some summer reading?

"The history of El Helicoide...illuminates how political and economic forces can alter the fate of a building, particularly one fueled by the oil economy." Huffington Post (UR12 Downward Spiral)

"Zoning is planning and planning is political practice!" Sub\Urban (UR07 Zoned Out!)

As an independent, non-profit organization, Terreform depends on the kindness and generosity of a network of supporters to advance our project to help secure a more just, sustainable, and beautiful future for the world’s cities. We invite you to join us on this vital and exciting adventure.
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TerreformUR 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 and Berta 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, Safdie Architects, 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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