Studioteka’s work featured in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary

July 26, 2016
2100: A Dystopian Utopia discussed along with featured imagery in Saskia Sassen’s article, “A Third Space: Neither Fully Urban nor Fully of the Biosphere”, in the book Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, published by Lars Muller Publishers. 


“A recent volume by Vanessa Keith explores a variety of concrete cases in very diverse regions of the world that illustrate what I am arguing here, and do so along enormously diverse vectors. And because they focus on extreme conditions in extreme cities, they help make visible key features of this delegating to the biosphere that might be less visible in less extreme situations. The case of Beijing points both to the need and the possibility of organizing production as more of a loop rather than a line going from extraction to production, consumption, and waste. Keith’s work examines how a landfill can be repositioned as a center not only for recycling but also for waste transformation. Carbon will be captured, and the carbon dioxide transformed into carbon fiber, for instance. The project explores the ways in which the city can be made to work more in concert with the biosphere, benefiting from its capacities. Beijing’s future is marked by desertification, yellow dust storms, and extreme air pollution. All will require remediation. But the project presented here asks us to reimagine these conditions as opportunities rather than only dangers by designing for and transforming them.” Saskia Sassen


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