Socio-Ecological Exploration  of  the Next Metropolis
July 7th to August 1st.

The ONE Lab Summer Session 2014 on Future
Cities will address the emerging discipline of global
urbaneering.   Future Cities will supply all vital needs
of their population. In these cities, food, water, air,
energy, waste, mobility, and shelter will be radically
restructured to support life in every form.

ONE Lab 2014 will take place at the historic
Brooklyn Navy Yard that stands as one of the last
remaining testaments to New York City’s
industrial past. What was once a place for building
state-of-the-art ships has become
New Lab, a cutting
edge center that fosters creativity, design, and
entrepreneurship. The students will explore the Navy
Yard's environmental soundness.
Brooklyn Grange
has the largest rooftop urban farm here at the Yard.
New York Harbor School is farming oysters for
water purification. Carbon-neutral street lighting are
being manufactured and tested by
Lumi Solar.
Capsys is building unique modular solutions
including Building 92, where the school is housed. In
addition, the students will be surrounded by high-tech
companies, spaces for interaction and testing,
educational and technologically advanced fabrication

Using New York as a laboratory, the studio will
rethink what is salubrious about the city, in both its
forms and its life. We will base our investigations on
one illuminating hypothesis: in the future New York
will grow to be self-sufficient in its critical necessities.
The studio will be offered in two levels:
one for professional designers and students enrolled
in professional schools or departments of design;
one for students and individuals of various
experience and background that want to be
introduced to the field of extreme design.

TED style talks will be given by world renowned
architects, engineers, biologists, ecologists,
industrial designers, physicists and artists. They will
offer radically new responses to the real needs and
aspirations of future cities.

In series of workshops the participants will learn the
processes of urban farming, biotechnology,
phytoremediation, growing materials, grafting trees,
scripting and computational modeling for controlled
Urban Agriculture
Urban agriculture increases the amount and
quality of food available to urban consumers living
in and around cities and therefore contributes to
food security and food safety. A common and
efficient form of urban agriculture is the
biointensive method. In particular, we will observe
a series of specific technical, urbanistic, and
architectural strategies not simply for the food
production required to feed the city, but the
possibilities of diet, agriculture, and retrofitted
facilities that could achieve that level within the
constraints of the local climate. The
Grange Rooftop Farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
will serve as a testground for experimentation.

Synthetic Biology
Create bacteria that smell like bananas, generate
color in response to stimuli, glow in the dark or
emit light in response to ultraviolet radiation!
Synthetic biology is the science of engineering
living organisms as if they were biological
machines. In this workshop, taught by Dr. Oliver
Medvedik from Genspace, you'll learn how to
manipulate life using standardized genetic parts.
These genetic parts can serve as building blocks
in the fabrication of genetic "circuits", previously
unseen in nature.

Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication
The conceptual and technical sphere of
parametric design will be introduced in this
workshop by learning systemic processes
capable of reacting to various ecologic factors.
We will focus on parametric design logic,
computational geometry, modeling techniques,
and environmental influencers to create radical
design answers. The workshop will focus on
formal synthesis based on a combination of
scientific rigor and artistic expressionism. Series
of programs will offer the possibility to explore
parametric and computational design with digital
fabrication and self-assembly..

Soft Infrastructure
This workshop will explore soft infrastructure for
mitigating natural hazards based on the
sophisticated understanding and mimicry of such
natural systems. We will test the possibility of
creating a porous boundary where water meets to
dampen powerful storm currents as well as
encourage the development of new estuarial
habitats. This water infrastructure consists of
estuarine canal outlets to tidal strait and water
filtration sponges enabling hydrology of wetlands
for plant and organism growth.

Bio Materials
The main objective of Mycoform  is to establish a
smart, self-sufficient, perpetual-motion
construction technology. By combining fungal
mycelia with varying types of organic substrates
and carefully controlling their expansion within
prefabricated molds, we will create the literal
growth of structural materials. The Mycoform is
grown from biological materials. The process is
pollution free, and has the potential to contain a
low embodied energy as part of a local
ecosystem. The polypore fugal species
Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi), possesses
enzymes that readily digest a wide variety of
cellulose based organic byproducts. The rapid
growth of branching mycelia results in a dense
matrix capable of structural support. This
workshop was developed in collaboration with

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