Fast Trash, the 2010 exhibition on the history and future of Roosevelt Island’s pneumatic garbage system is now on the web. Fast Trash asks what a community built around progressive policies and technologies can teach us about how we choose our infrastructure. In the 1970′s Roosevelt Island was fitted with an Automated Vaccuum Collection System or AVAC that residents could send their refuse through to join the rest of NYC’s waste. Today this strategy is even more compelling in its ability to integrate recycling and reduce citywide emissions and traffic congestion.
To learn how Roosevelt Island was chosen for this experimental sanitation technology and why it hasn’t been implemented elsewhere in the US since go to http://fasttrash.org/ where you will find an online narrative of the show as well as photos and images from the exhibition curated by Juliette Spertus.