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Wed 10.14.2015

Islands of Trash


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, ARCHTOBER 14

Where: At the Seaport Culture District, 181 Front Street   

Join us for a conversation about trash in the city. Using Fresh Kills Park as a departure for exploring the history of the city's relationship to trash, Juliette Spertus and Benjamin Miller of Closed Loops, an infrastructure planning and development firm, will discuss where trash comes from, where it goes to, and how it gets from point A to B. By thinking about the history of trash and the ways in which the layers of the city have been built up on top of it, Spertus and Miller explore a history of New York City through through what it throws away.
Spertus and Miller will also discuss their recent proposals for pneumatic tube trash systems to be built over existing infrastructure, including the High Line. Modelling their proposal on Roosevelt Island's trash tube system that serves its 12,000 residents, they seek to find an ambitious municipal solid waste collection plan that can meet the de Blasio administration's 80 x 50 objectives. 
 This program is part of a series of programs accompanying Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water's Edge. Each program will examine the physical layers of the past as they relate to the historical and emotional dimensions of the city.

Juliette Spertus,Co-Project Manager with CUNY’s University Transportation Research Center
Benjamin Miller, Senior Research Associate, Freight Programs, University Transportation Research Center, Region II

: Free, please RSVP using the form to the right. 

Center at the Seaport will be open:
Monday: 12-4pm
Tuesday-Sunday: 11am-8pm


Brooklyn's Shore: Tides and Time
Monday, Archtober 5, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Islands of Trash
Wednesday,  Archtober 14, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Digging in the Sand
Thursday, Archtober 15, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Building Islands
Monday, Archtober 19, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Billion Year Bronx
Wednesday, Archtober 28, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Center for Architecture at The Seaport is underwritten by


Sea Level: Five Boroughs at Water’s Edge is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsor: Classic Harbor Lines

Sea Level is presented as part of Archtober, Architecture and Design month.

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