Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha

Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha

We continue our We Need to Talk About Infrastructure conversation series on May 11 between 17:00 and 18:00 CET with (landscape) architects Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha. Together they are trying to understand how infrastructure precedes design and promote a “design imagination that accommodates fluidity, openness, and complexity.” Click here for the Zoom-link.

Anuradha Mathur, an architect and landscape architect, is Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Dilip da Cunha, an architect and planner, has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design and Harvard University. He is currently Adjunct Professor GSAPP at Columbia University.

Mathur and Da Cunha work between Philadelphia and Bangalore. In their work, they question the deep-rooted land-centric imagination that has disciplined the world around us to subjugate water. With rising seas, flooding cities, polluted rivers, piling wastes, and widening inequalities, they believe that ubiquitous wetness in place of the land-water binary holds the way forward.

They are the authors of many publications, including Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001), Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009), and co-editors of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). Da Cunha’s latest book The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019.

Detail from Ocean of Rain