What If There Were No Roads?

How would the garbage get taken away if some master planner came along and did away with all streets? The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) worked with students from The Child School to envision a future without roads. These drawings were made before students learned about Roosevelt Island’s AVAC facility to explore ideas of alternative garbage processing systems. The solutions presented here range from the practical to the totally fantastical.

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The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP):

Valeria Mogilevich, Christine Gaspar, Juliette Spertus, Mariana Mogilevich, Samir Shah, Maria Sotiropoulou with students from The Child School: José Benítez, Charlie Brister-Ramirez, Freddy Domenech, James Patrick Escalante, Avery Fennick, Isaack Nudell, Matt Patterson, Stephen Purk, Isaiah Reed

CUP is a nonprofit that uses the power of art, design, and visual culture to improve the quality of public participation in urban planning and community design.

Roosevelt Island’s The Child School was created in 1973 to enable children with educational disabilities to achieve their maximum intellectual and emotional development.

Photos from the CUP workshop


Organized by Juliette Spertus with Project Projects

Curatorial assistant: Jack McGrath

Exhibition and website design: Project Projects

Research: Juliette Spertus, Jack Conviser and Jack McGrath

Video: Gregory Whitmore

Photography: Kate Milford


Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC)

Envac AB

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS)

Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA)

Lamson Airtubes, LLC

Fiscal sponsor and educational programming

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP)

Special thanks

NYC Dept. of Sanitation; Jerry Sorgente, DSNY; and Judith Berdy, RIHS

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