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2100: A Dystopian Utopia

Fast forward to the year 2100. New York, along with Phoenix, Beijing, Sao Paulo, Manila, and many more of the world’s most populated cities, is irrevocably changed.  Much of the earth’s great middle swath is subject to droughts, wildfires, and desertification, while increasingly frequent super storms plague coastal areas, destroying precious agricultural lands by bringing seawater far inland. Where in the world shall we live, and what will our built environments be like?  The study envisions design solutions for a planet that will be more densely populated, subject to an array of environmental challenges, and significantly warmer, by an average of 4°C.

The future the book envisions is dystopian but the work is utopian, in that it sees the best in human potential rising to the occasion. 2100 serves not as a prediction, but rather as a warning and a call to action.  It offers architecture’s response to climate change’s most challenging scenarios with design solutions that suggest the profound adaptability of the design field to meet environmental challenges in the future. Through 2100: A Dystopian Utopia, Vanessa Keith and StudioTEKA visualize possible design solutions to suggest the profound adaptability and possibilities of the design field to meet environmental challenges in the future. The issue is framed by noted sociologist, Saskia Sassen, with her preface and advocacy of “delegating back to the biosphere”. Featured in Metropolis Magazine and Landscape Architecture Magazine and available as UR3 of Terreform’s Urban Research series: http://www.urpub.org/shop/2100-a-dystopian-utopia For more about our activities, events and talks, go here!


Flatiron Marketing Offices

Located in Manhattan, this 3,100 square foot space for an innovative, cutting edge marketing firm, is a different take on the urban workplace.  The project combines fluid custom workstations specifically tailored to the firm’s dynamic working style, as well as spaces for creative encounters that allow for chance meetings and informal discussions.  The entry is framed on one side by a curved dj booth and waiting area, and on the other by a reception area.  This area is the start of a custom wall which also incorporates a kitchen with a bar height table for informal meetings, workstations, and a production area.  Adjacent to the kitchen is a lounge pod with a partial surrounding wall which provides another space for collaboration. In this way we energize the entry sequence, and provide visitors with an experience of the dynamic interaction that has made the company so successful.  Taking inspiration from a pinball machine, the partners’ offices form an island in the middle of the space, flanked by workstations for the various creative teams, which are organized by project and also by volume.  A large conference room sits adjacent to this space as one of the few enclosed moments in the plan.

Project Team:
Vanessa Keith, Gaby Alvarez, Ruud Van Hemert, Stijn Van Oorschot, Veronica Zabala. Lighting Design: Eleni Savvidou.  Photography by Pure Reflections Photography, Karamat Hess and Elizabeth Proctor, and Vanessa Keith.

Project featured in Hinge Magazine, Vol. 175_38, Folio: http://www.studioteka.com/image_files/hingemag_1.jpg

For the magazine’s website see: www.hinge.hk

Project also featured online in Frame Magazine as a Daily Dose of Designhttp://www.studioteka.com/image_files/Frame1.jpg

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Riverside Drive Apartment

Studioteka was asked to redesign an existing, 1,100 sf two bedroom apartment for a Haitian client with beautiful views overlooking Riverside Drive in Washington Heights. The project was a complete gut renovation, as the apartment had not been touched since the 1970s. Studioteka prepared construction drawings for the building’s coop board and the New York City Department of Buildings as well as coordinating the installation of new kitchen and bathroom fixtures, finishes, and appliances and new flooring throughout. An old dumbwaiter shaft in the kitchen was removed, allowing for a better flow of space and the addition of a small breakfast nook. New French doors were added between the living and dining rooms, and between the dining room and living rooms and the entry foyer, and a door was opened between the kitchen and dining areas, to create a better flow between spaces. The French doors let light pass through from the windows to the hallway, and also allow the living and dining rooms to be used in different ways, including as additional space for guests. The renovated apartment has new decorative moldings throughout, and new transom windows have been installed above the bedroom doors to allow more natural light into the hallway. The kitchen appliances were completely replaced, and a new dishwasher was also added along with a new washing machine. The kitchen’s deep brown wood flooring complements the white cabinetry with its translucent inset glass and the warm neutral tile backsplash that runs the length of the stone countertop. New recessed lighting was added in the passageway that leads to the bedrooms along with new ceiling mounted fixtures in every room, and the electrical and plumbing were fully upgraded throughout.

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