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Garbage Problems

The model for a playful student design envisioning the future of Fresh Kills Landfill as a "Garbage City" complete with a waste-to-energy plant, farms, a super highway and "pinky man hotels" (above) where residents may live for free.

In 2002, a year after the Department of Sanitation and and the Municipal Arts Society announced the design competition for the reuse of the Fresh Kills landfill, the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) embarked on an investigative project called Garbage Problems aimed at understanding the processes behind waste management in New York City.  Working in collaboration with students from City-As-School high school, CUP produced a variety of compelling educational materials: a playful model and design plan for the reuse of the landfill called “Garbage City“; a 30 minute video on the project; and “The Making of Garbage Problems,” a large-format collage brochure explaining the project and providing a variety of resources on waste management in the wake of the closure of Fresh Kills.

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January 3, 2010 - Posted by | FKP | , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Awesome. Where is all this stuff now?

    Comment by Leila Darabi | January 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Leila, the digital map and the video are linked from this post, but you mean the physical material of the exhibit? I’m not sure how CUP archives that stuff, honestly. Would be worth asking them. They are a terrific organization.

      Comment by freshkillspark | January 4, 2010 | Reply


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