A city needs memory like it needs streets, trees, and people. But how do we build an infrastructure to contain and deliver the city's history? Ben Vershbow, former director of NYPL Labs, talks with Shannon Mattern about libraries as stewards of the past in the age of Google Maps.
by Mariel Villeré, Freshkills Park • June 22nd, 2016
Five photographers return to the site of the Freshkills Park Project to document the transformation of landfill into landscape.
As a pit deepens in Chile, a pile rises in New York City. Dan Adams and Marie Law Adams chart the story of New York's relationship with one mineral — from explosions on a faraway salt flat, across oceans, and to its landing in a dynamic mountain on Staten Island's North Shore.
by Mariel Villeré, Freshkills Park • November 10th, 2015
In the second installment of a series of photo essays documenting a Staten Island landfill's transformation into parkland, four photographers visit Freshkills' largest mound for an up-close look at the landfill capping process.