Re-Reverberations is a set of spatial interventions along the Cross-Bronx Expressway that speculates on moving toward a future beyond property. Because the construction of the expressway reverberated the plantation logics of enclosure and dispossession throughout the Bronx, our project introduces a re-reverberation of land autonomy, caretaking, food sovereignty, and community re-connection.
In recognition that the Cross-Bronx continues to sit on unceded Munsee Lenape territory, we take cues from Indigenous knowledge systems to re-establish that humans are not separate from nor conquerors of the land. In order to return agency back to the earth in a context of hypercapitalism, our process dismantles the highway and slowly turns it back to shared spaces juxtaposing constructed and grown landscapes. During this process, a network of quaking aspens—a species that clones itself along a single root system—will be planted on the former highway, and then deeded ownership of themselves. As they grow, they can reclaim the land for the earth, and subsequent community-led architectures focused on mutual aid can restitch the Bronx back together. These systems of healing can then re-reverberate outward to support an abolitionist repair led by the land and its caretakers.