Living Buildings: Live Butterflies and Drone Butterflies Building Ecosystem...

May 8, 2018 · Brooklyn, United States of America

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This workshop will showcase Terreform ONE research applied to an urban site, an eight-story commercial building in Nolita, NYC. A “Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary” - a pioneering building – one that aims to be ecologically generous, weaving butterfly conservation strategies into its façades, roof, and atrium. Not just a building envelope, the edifice is a new urban biome of coexistence for people, plants, and butterflies. Hovering around the building, a few butterfly-shaped drones take readings and maps of the immediate microclimate. They return every few minutes to recharge, and their combined real-time data works to maintain the butterfly health. The workshop is intended to serve as an object lesson in enhancing the urban environment with green smart technologies, including plant life, insects, sensors and robots, in designing for other species, and in conveying images of new possibilities for the urban environment. This project alone will not save the Monarch but it will crucially raise awareness about our much-loved insect residents.


Maria Aiolova
Terreform ONE
Maria Aiolova is an educator, architect, urban designer and community builder in New York City. She is an innovator in ecological design, smart cities and sustainable urban infrastructure for energy, water, transportation and waste. Maria is the Co-Founder of Terreform ONE where she created ONE Lab, an experimental school that combines design and science in a singular curriculum. As a socio-ecological design consultant, she focuses on assisting organizations recognize design attitude capabilities as drivers of innovation. Maria is an inventor, who holds 18 technology patents. She lectures and teaches internationally about design principles and emergent practices in the field of design for social and ecological innovation.

Simone Rothman
Founder & CEO

Simone's mission is to bring awareness and solutions to the serious problem of indoor air pollution, and excessive energy consumption. Founded in 2014, FutureAir is a clean tech startup at the intersection of design, science and technology. As Chief Marketing Officer of a public company based in Hong Kong, Simone led the decade-long transformation of Tai Ping International from a manufacturing-driven business to a bespoke luxury brand, specified by architects and designers worldwide. Simone spent 14 years at STUDIOS Architecture, where she started and managed Paris and New York offices. Simone began her career at Knoll International in Paris, with a BFA from University of Colorado, Boulder and New York School of Interior Design. Simone is an environmentalist, resides in NYC and has two daughters.

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