The urban landscape is formed by uneven practices of denial and redemption, while stuff stays with us. What are we doing when we are cleaning up?
Manufactured gas plants disappeared from cityscapes long ago. In most cases, so did awareness of their toxic traces. Can neural networks now detect the hazardous remains that elude regulators?
How do you respond to remediation when it falls short, again and again? For New Jersey's Ramapough Lunaape, mending the impacts of pollution on ancestral land means restoring health and indigenous culture on new ground.
A long-term, community-based project brings critical knowledge about risks of contamination and engages local industries as partners in preparedness in the wake of Sandy. But extreme weather is not the only threat to vulnerable businesses.
About this Series
Cleaning Up? is edited by Mariana Mogilevich.
Francesca Johanson, Sam Velazquez, Olivia Schwob, and Amy Howden-Chapman conducted research for this series. Ana Baptista (The New School), Rebecca Bratspies (CUNY School of Law), Sara Carr (Northeastern University), Catherine Fennell (Columbia University), Scott Frickel (Brown University), and Samara Swanston (City of New York) generously shared their insights and expertise in the initial development of this series. They are not responsible for its content or any errors within.
Cleaning Up? is supported, in part, by the Cowles Charitable Trust and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.