Garbage and Cities

(Graduate Course)


To what extent are contemporary cities becoming wastelands? In what ways are the global economics of excess and abandonment reshaping urban communities? How do imaginaries of trash or ruination figure in urban development discourses and their counter-narratives? And what is the position of refuse, dirt, and residue in a pervasive visual culture of spectacle and plenitude? 

Working across the fields of architecture, art, planning, and urban design, this interdisciplinary course explores the complicated, messy and frequently contested relationship between garbage and urban life in locations such as Beirut, Hong Kong, New York City, and Rio de Janeiro. 

Photo by  Daniel Canogar