Centerline 10: Unsettling Agenda


We have spent the first ten years of the twenty-first century without substantial advances in the fundamental problems posed by globalization and a necessarily shared environment. The essays that Fernando Diez published in the Opinion page of the Argentine newspaper La Nación between 2001 and 2011, collected now in this book, maintain the relevance of themes that, despite their urgency, have not been solved, in some cases, not even discussed. Environment and society appear united in the decisions that need to be addressed soon, both at a domestic scale and among the community of nations. With a direct approach, this book serves as an agenda for the discussion of public policies that should shape decisions related to the city, environment, waste, transportation, economy, immigration, education, and ultimately, our way of life.

ISBN: 9780934951234


Foreword, by Wilfried Wang
Don't Subsidize Trash
The Right to Public Space
The Uncertain Future of a World Made of Trash
Economics Versus Ecology
Associated Cities
Paradoxes Aboard a 4x4
Buried in Trash
For a Theory of the Accident
Disposable Objects
The Mirror Effect and Leadership
More Housing, but How and Where?
Discipline or Punish
Going Back Downtown
Emigration and Banishment
God is Argentine
Environmental Costs and Sources of Employment
False Symmetries, Pollution, and Development
The Myth of the Machine
From Crisis to Reform
Towards a New Industrial Conversion
From Boredom to Saturation
The Two Faces of Tourism
Chaos and Control
The Unsustainability of Greenwashing
Accidents of the Third Kind
Electronic Utopia
Chain Accidents
From the Industrial Epic to the Environmental Tragedy
Many More Than Seven Billion


Fernando Diez


Wilfried Wang


Kevin Alter