A Geostory: Belly of a Mountain
Pidgin, Issue 21

Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy, 2016

The mandate for “clean” urbanism rests on the dissociation of the city from the environmental costs of urbanization, relegating responsibility for the inevitable “dirty” waste products to political and geographic entities beyond city jurisdictions—what David Harvey has referred to as an “externality field.” Because such spaces are beyond the city, their sites and forms are an out-of-sight-out-of-mind entity for the public as well as for architects, urban planners, and urban theorists. Much urban analysis fails to address or acknowledge how garbage shapes our geographies.