Trash Track



Happy Hour Project Presentation: Trash Track
Assaf Biderman, Kristian Kloeckl, Dietmar Offenhuber, and Carlo Ratti
SENSEable City Lab, MIT

Friday, October 2, 2009
7:00 p.m.
The Urban Center
457 Madison Avenue

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Presented as part of the public program schedule organized in conjunction with the fall 2009 exhibition Toward the Sentient City.

Members of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab will discuss the extensive research underlying their project “Trash Track,” organized as part of the League’s exhibition Toward the Sentient City, as well as initial observations gleaned from the accumulated data. “Trash Track” deploys a set of smart tags on different types of trash and follows these through the city’s waste management system to reveal the end-of-life journey of our everyday objects. For more information about “Trash Track” and the exhibition, visit the exhibition website at

Tickets are required for admission to League programs. Tickets are free for League members; $10 for non-members. Members may reserve a ticket by e-mailing: Member tickets will be held at the check-in desk; unclaimed tickets will be released fifteen minutes after the start of the program. Non-members may purchase tickets here from September 25 until noon of the day of the program. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

Toward the Sentient City was made possible with support from the J. Clawson Mills Fund of the Architectural League and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Additional support was provided by the University at Buffalo.

Toward the Sentient City is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Image Credit: Visualization of route taken by trash in the Boston area, by SENSEable City Laboratory