Founders' Vision
ONE Lab (1L) was founded as an urban non-profit
group concerned for research and education in the
synthesis of design and science.  It began as an
extraordinary think tank of mid-career architects,
engineers, media artists, biologists, ecologists,
robotics experts, industrial designers, urban
agriculturists, physicists, inventors and planners
seeking alternatives to traditional forms of teaching
and professional practice. Through our interaction, we
discovered the need for an interdisciplinary
pedagogical urban zone, where students and
practitioners can freely inquire, discuss, conduct
experiments, and take actions that have a positive
effect on the global community and cities. Our current
research attempts to establish new forms of
knowledge and new processes of practice at the
interface of design, technology, engineering, and

Maria Aiolova and Mitchell Joachim, Co-Founders
Do you wish to be an urban innovator, AKA Urbaneer?
Do you hope to forge your own path?
Do you need to jump start your career?
Do you want an excellent portfolio?
Welcome to ONE LAB.
Future Cities
The ONE Lab Summer Session 2014 on Future Cities
(July 7th to August 1st, 2014) will take place at
the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The school will address one
illuminating hypothesis: in the future, cities will grow to
be self-sufficient in their critical necessities through
massive public works and infrastructural support. The
studio will explore the effects of technological
interventions that can have profound impacts on the
planet as a whole.
Studio - Four weeks of intense exploration of the
productive future of the city. Using New York as a
laboratory, the studio will rethink what is salubrious
about the city, in both its forms and its life. The studio
will meet for six hour every week day. Every Friday, we
will have reviews with distinguished critics. The final
review on August 1st will be a day-long celebration of
the future of cities.
Lectures - TED style talks given by world renown
architects,  biologists, ecologists, industrial designers
and artists offering radically new responses to the real
needs and aspirations of future cities.
Workshops - In series of workshops the participants
will learn the processes of urban farming, synthetic
biology, smart materials and nanotechnology, growing
materials, scripting and computational modeling for
controlled growth.
Organized by:
Our Mission
1. To be the best independent design and science
school in the most innovative and intense city.
2. To create an interdisciplinary knowledge platform for
the cross-pollination of ideas within urban
communities. 3. To educate the next generation of
design innovators for a world culture.
4. To empower free interaction between students,
educators, and professionals.
5. To produce highly creative solutions to the current
global environmental crisis.