What is Getting to Zero?

Getting to Zero is the third installment of Open House New York’s Urban Systems Series, which explores the physical infrastructure of large-scale urban systems across multiple sites over the course of a year. Getting to Zero is intended to deepen public understanding about how our built environment has been shaped over time in response to changing attitudes about garbage, and consider what possibilities a radical transformation in waste management could have for new forms of architecture and urbanism. Click here to read more.

Why are we doing it?

Getting to Zero is inspired by the New York City Department of Sanitation’s 0x30 campaign, which aims to eliminate the 3,000,000 tons of residential waste that the city sends to landfills each year. Through tours of infrastructure facilities; lectures and conferences with leading architects and environmentalists; and other programming, Getting to Zero will raise public awareness about the architecture and infrastructure of waste and about collaborative possibilities for designing a better, more sustainable future.

How can you participate?

The schedule of Getting to Zero tours and public programs will launch later in February, and will update throughout the year. In the meantime, you can read more about the series on the Getting to Zero Blog, and sign up for the upcoming series launch event, a lecture by DSNY Commissioner Kathryn Garcia on February 21st. If you are interested in learning more about New York City’s waste system, visit the Resources page for a selection of articles, books, and digital resources.


Spring 2017
What is Waste?

Summer 2017
Waste as a Way of Life

Late 2017
Seeing the Unseen