ORE Design + Technology
Thomas Kosbau is the Founder of ORE Architecture and Technology, based in Brooklyn, New York. Through his work at ORE, Kosbau strives to uncover, develop and refine unrealized creative potentials embedded in scientific research, technological innovation, and the natural world. ORE’s architectural practice specializes in innovative architectural and technological systems that push the boundaries of today’s urban typology. His work includes SquareRoots for Kimball Musk; Riverpark Farm, the city’s first portable rooftop farm; GrowNYC’s community center called Farmhouse, the precursor to Kosbau’s highly anticipated design for the nonprofit’s Bronx-based Foodhub. ORE took first place in the IIDA Awards competition with a proposal to replace Incheon, Korea’s infrastructure of conventional asphalt roads with organically grown sandstone streets. ORE also won first place in RIBA’s International Energy Revolution competition with its Hydral Energy Production Project, an integrative approach to local energy production using architectural algae panels. Kosbau took first place in the California AIA “Drylands Competition” with a proposal to re-engineer Los Angeles’ fresh water supply system pioneering a zero-energy desalination system.