ORE was founded by Brooklyn-based designer Thomas Kosbau in 2009 with the philosophy that creative potentials in current scientific research and the natural world can be synthesized into architectural and industrial design solutions. Our current projects range from the DeKalb Market, a pop-up retail concept constructed of salvaged shipping containers, to the Riverpark Farm, New York City’s first portable rooftop farm, to a bio-mimetic cactus that harvests drinking water from the air. ORE took first place in IIDA International competition with a proposal to replace Incheon, Korea’s infrastructure of conventional asphalt streets with organically grown sandstone roads, and recently won the William Turnbull Drylands Prize for their LA River proposal.
ORE’s approach to design extends to our commercial and residential work, in which project costs are minimized by repurposing off-the shelf materials into custom fabrications. Also in development are a jacket that converts into homeless housing made from recycled umbrellas, hydrogen producing algal bioreactors designed as modular architectural panels, and a zero energy desalinization system for arid, coastal regions with high population densities.