Lecture: Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha

02 December 2019 16:00 till 18:00 - Location: Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Berlage rooms - By: Communication BK

Award-winning landscape architecture and architecture partners Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha will give a double lecture. This lecture is part of the ‘How do you landscape’-series by the section Landscape Architecture.

Anuradha Mathur is Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. Dilip da Cunha, architect and planner, is co-director of the Risk and Resilience program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and Adjunct Professor at the GSAPP, Columbia University. Their work plays out on the interface of research and praxis in Philadelphia and Bangalore. The underlying thread in their work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of excess and scarcity. They simultaneously look into opportunities that waters ubiquity offers for new visualisations of terrain, and resilience through design. This work is elaborated in publications such as Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001), Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006), Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009), and The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent (2019).

Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha:

“We live in the time of wetness, a wetness that is everywhere before it is water somewhere. It aligns us to a design imagination that accommodates fluidity, openness, and complexity. But it also pushes us to expose the deep-rooted land-centric imagination that has disciplined the world around us to subjugate water. It is a world that is unraveling before us. With rising seas, flooding cities, polluted rivers, piling wastes, and widening inequalities, we believe that ubiquitous wetness in place of the land-water binary holds the way forward. It is an exciting pre-disciplinary ground of design by which we re-articulate the past, experience the present, and envision the future.”

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