Trash Talk Lecture: Waste Ecologies: The Landscape of Energy Cycling, Material Movements, and Resource Exchanges

Cambridge, February 7, 2012 - The golden age of mass disposal is now being supplanted by the age of mass recycling. Managing waste production has become an economic and ecologic imperative.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and the Harvard Museum of Natural History present the free lecture, "Waste Ecologies: The Landscape of Energy Cycling, Material Movements, and Resource Exchanges," on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge). The lecture will be followed by a public reception at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Ave.). The speaker is Pierre Bélanger, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Drawing from the Rust Belts of North America and Northern Europe to the megacities of West Africa and South Asia, this illustrated talk will chronicle how today's waste flows are forming and generating new, complex patterns of urbanization. The presentation will question the isolation of waste as a global urban problem and instead, consider its inseparability from major infrastructures--water, energy, and food production--as a way to unlock new synergies. Dr. Bélanger will propose a contemporary vision for the significance of waste in new urban ecologies for the 21st century.

Additional topics in this series include the garbage pickers of Cairo and urban disaster cleanup.  Join us this Spring for an exploration of the anthropology of waste!

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"Waste Ecologies: The Landscape of Energy Cycling, Material Movements, and Resource Exchanges," part of the Peabody Museum Trash Talk series of free lectures, is Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge.

Pierre Bélanger, Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design

A public reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.

Public information: 617-496-1027.

 

 

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