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Sustainable urbanism guru to lecture at Lawrence Tech Sept. 14

Release Date: September 7, 2010

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.Lawrence Technological University will celebrate the launch of its new master’s degree program in urban design with a lecture by Mitchell Joachim, a leading proponent of ecological design and sustainable urbanism, on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

The first students in Lawrence Tech’s urban design program began taking courses for the fall semester that began Aug. 25.

Joachim will give a lecture on his work in ecological design at 7 p.m. in the Architecture Building auditorium at Lawrence Tech, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. The public is invited, and there is no charge.

Joachim co-founded Terreform ONE (link), a nonprofit ecological design group for urban infrastructure, building, planning, and art that develops innovative solutions and technologies for local sustainability in energy, transportation, infrastructure, buildings, waste treatment, food, water, and media spaces. Working within the larger framework of green design, this group explores the environmental possibilities of New York City.  

Joachim is an associate professor at New York University and was formerly an architect at Gehry Partners and Pei Cobb Freed. He earned a Ph.D. from the architecture, design and computation program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also has architecture graduate degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Columbia University.

He won the History Channel and Infiniti Excellence Award for “City of the Future,” and Time magazine’s Best Invention of 2007 award for the compact car with MIT Smart Cities. His project, Fab Tree Hab, has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Joachim was chosen by Wired magazine for “The 2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To.”  Rolling Stone magazine honored Mitchell in “The 100 People Who Are Changing America.” Popular Science magazine has featured his work as a visionary for “The Future of the Environment” in 2010. He has even appeared on television comedy news show, “The Colbert Report.”

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.