Smelling Invisible Infrastructures

Waste, and the infrastructures that manage it, are often intentionally kept out of sight– but vision is not the only sense with which we perceive waste. Our ability to smell waste, even when we can’t see it, has been a factor shaping the evolution of waste systems and cities alike. 

This project explores the intersections of smell and systems of waste, diving into the sensory histories of Montreal’s landfills, water treatment plants, and even air pollution and offers tools for residents to learn more about how to engage with infrastructure through their own sense of smell.

WasteScapes was created by students and faculty at Concordia University in Tioh:tiáke/ Montréal with additional support from a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, Connection Grant