Wednesday 22nd May 2019
6 – 8pm
at UW Architecture Hall, Room 147
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Put on by UW Department of Landscape Architecture, UW Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council
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How is water visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity? What are the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice?

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 landcentric 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.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public, but you are asked to register; registration will be available after April 15.

One PDH (Professional Development Hour) via LA/CES wil lbe availabel for attendees.

Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner. He 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. He is author with Anuradha Mathur of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006); Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009); and Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). His new book, The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, was just recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

In 2017, da Cunha along with Anuradha Mathur received a Pew Fellowship Grant in recognition of their collaborative work. They are currently working on a multimedia exhibition titled The Ocean of Rain.