This web site started to host the exhibition Trans Trash (see bellow)  that took place in MIT in Fall 2011. Since then it’s being used to publish other waste related projects and news in the Boston region.


Garbage is rapidly becoming a major topic of inquiry in urban society. Municipalities are keenly aware of the economic benefits of waste and citizens are becoming more attune to the environmental need for recycling. Even so, most urban dwellers are still blind to what actually happens to their trash once it is tossed into the garbage truck.

The aim of this project is to make waste cycles transparent to the public in an attempt to enable more personal social awareness and responsibility. Using Cambridge, MA, as a region of focus, and MIT as a hyper-local example, the works in the exhibition display information about local waste and the overlaps or tensions between the informal and formal waste management sectors.

It is our belief that the local scale is fundamental in enabling the opportunity to reflect on global waste processes. The exhibition showcases projects with varying approaches and formats, from local to national scale. Ultimately, the exhibit has both a physical and an on-line presence.

Poster: Download posters in pdf: only oneset of posters.


Exhibition’s opening is scheduled for September 30th, 2011 at 8pm. Refreshments will be served.

Where: Room 408. Building 7. MIT. Mass Av Cambridge. MA. USA. View map
Dates: September 30th – October 23rd 2011.
Opening schedule: Monday-Friday. 9.00am – 6.00pm.
Web: basurama.org/transtrash

Trans Trash is a collaborative exhibition that brings together staff, faculty, visiting researchers and students and makes the MIT community sensitive to the subject of waste by raising awarenes and encouraging small local changes in the ways individuals treat garbage in their individual lives. The exhibit will then be open to the Cambridge community for 3 weeks.


  • Nancy Kim. Master of Architecture Candidate. MIT.
  • Libby McDonald. Community Innovators Lab’s Green Hub Global Program Associate. MIT.
  • Dietmar Offenhuber. Research Fellow. Senseable City Lab. PhD Candidate. MIT.
  • Pablo Rey Mazón. Basurama Boston. Co-founder of Basurama and Visiting Scientist at Center for Civic Media. MIT Medialab.

Coordinated by: Pablo Rey, Nancy Kim.
Curated by: Pablo Rey

Funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT: