Wednesday 22nd May 2019
6 – 8pm
Put on by UW Department of Landscape Architecture, UW Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Council
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 and Anuradha Mathur work between Philadelphia and Bangalore. They are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009), and co-editors of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). Da Cunha’s new book The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent is forthcoming from University of Pennsylvania Press in 2018.
Mathur and da Cunha have received many awards and are regularly invited to present their work and ideas in academic and professional forums internationally. Most recently they were recipients of a 2017 Pew Fellowship Grant.
Dilip da Cunha, an architect and planner, teaches at Harvard University, and Columbia University.