The Landfill Project: Exhibition

The Landfill Project was an exhibit at the Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment, that explored the site and strategies to create and use it for positive impact for Edgemere. Defining the constraints, opportunities and expressions of the site’s unique features helps to imagine what this land could become in the future.

The Edgemere Landfill, a former municipal dump in the Rockaways, Queens, has been closed for over 20 years. The landfill operated as a disposal site from 1938 to 1991, receiving about 1200 tons of waste per day. Today, Edgemere Landfill is capped and is at the end of a remedia­tion process that has converted it into a spectacular, and yet unused site offering views of Jamaica Bay and the distant Manhattan skyline. The land is facing an as-yet-undeter­mined future.

The project is a collaboration between Sonya Gimon, Elliott Maltby, Martha Willson, Simon Kates and Alejandra Gomez Bolivar in partnership with Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Design by Ruyun Xiao.