What if one neighborhood's trash tubes could start a conversation about how cities everywhere could achieve a more-rational integration of their basic infrastructure?
Juliette Spertus curated Fast Trash at the RIVAA Gallery on Roosevelt Island with designers Project Projects in 2010. The exhibit documents the history of the pneumatic network that has collected all of the Island’s residential trash since the planned community opened there in 1975. Fast Trash celebrates the Island's integrated approach and asks what a community built around progressive policies and technologies can teach us about how we choose our infrastructure. It also asked: should this technology have a future in the U.S. beyond the shores of one small island?
Watch a cartridge zip around the gallery in Project Projects' video and hear how Island residents, engineers and technicians feel about their system in Greg Whitmore's 2010 documentary "Nature Abhors," produced for Fast Trash:
Fast Trash was the spark that led Juliette and Ben Miller to consider (a) how the Island's legacy system could best be upgraded to meet 21st-century needs and (b) how practical it would be to retrofit already-developed neighborhoods with this technology and what the costs and benefits would be.