It has been said that the goal of architecture is to improve human life; however, many built environments throughout history have ended up destroying natural ecosystems.

The balance between meeting the demands of growing populations and reducing harm to habitats has proven mostly elusive in practice.However, there are some groups, such as Terreform ONE, whose mission is finding the balance that brings harmony between built environments and natural ecosystems.

Recently, Bard MBA alum Konstancja Maleszynska spoke with Mitchell Joachim, cofounder of Terreform ONE, a nonprofit consulting group that focuses on architecture and urban design. As an organization, it strives to develop inclusive spaces and systems that manifest environmental and social justice for all beings.

The two discussed how pioneering acts of design can combat extinction and illuminate the environmental possibilities of habitats, cities and landscapes worldwide.