PRODUCING WASTE/PRODUCING SPACE
Saturday, March 7 - 9:30am-5:00pm
School of Architecture, Betts Auditorium
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The production of waste and the production of space go hand in hand. The design of urban space has historically produced a considerable amount of waste, ranging from wastelands to the material detritus of consumption and urban development. The transport and disposal of waste, in turn, has produced important ideas and practices about the design and construction of space. Yet despite waste’s centrality to the design and imagination of cities, it is today understood as a largely technical problem about the management of its disappearance.
If waste was for much of the twentieth century a marginal topic for design discourse, recent scholarship and experimentation in architecture and the arts question the terms of its disappearance from the urban landscape and its segregation from critical debate. They acknowledge its immutable presence as something that we increasingly design and think with. Producing Waste/Producing Space will bring together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted. The symposium seeks to locate points of intersection between the study of waste and strategies for waste in space.
What are we talking about when we talk about waste? What definitions and new directions in waste research are useful in the study of its role in the production of urban space?
Respondent: Vera Candiani, historian, Princeton University
What is a wasteland, and what role does design play in its definition and reclamation? What is the relationship between wasteland improvement and social and economic transformation?
The Wasteland Imaginary
Vittoria Di Palma, architectural historian, USC
Soils, Airs, Waters, Bodies, Futures: Thinking Industrial Wastelands at Multiple Sites and Scales
Lindsey Dillon, geographer, UC Davis
Damon Rich, urban designer, City of Newark NJ
Respondent: Jenny Price, environmental historian and writer, Princeton University
How does the obsolescence of the built environment impact public health, practices of dwelling, and future design practices? How does material obsolescence intersect with ideas of spatial obsolescence?
Second-hand Cities: Race and Region in the Antique Americana Trade from the Civil War to Urban Renewal
Alison Isenberg, urban historian, Princeton University
Wasted House, Leaded World
Catherine Fennell, anthropologist, Columbia University
Dennis Maher, artist/architect, SUNY Buffalo
Respondent: M. Christine Boyer, architectural historian, Princeton University
What politics and practices shape waste systems? How do waste materials move through and make space?
Geographies of Trash
Rania Ghosn, architect, MIT
Ghostly Matter: A brief history of waste in Mumbai
Vijayanthi Rao, anthropologist, New School
Rubbish In, Resources Out
Biba Dow, architect, Dow Jones Architects, London
Respondent: Jesse LeCavalier, NJIT
Producing Waste, Producing Space is sponsored by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, & the Humanities, the Program in American Studies, and the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.