Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River
Anthony Acciavatti & Pedro Ignacio Alonso in Conversation
Labyrinth Books Princeton
Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 6PM
Labyrinth Books Princeton invites you to join author Anthony Acciavatti and his colleague Pedro Ignacio Alonso for a discussion about, Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River, which was awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2016.
Ganges Water Machine is a dynamic atlas of the Ganges River basin—the first such comprehensive atlas in half a century. It is based on a decade of fieldwork and archival research begun as a Fulbright Fellow in 2005. Having mapped the Ganges River by foot and boat, Acciavatti will speak about developing new modes of mapping environmental change and about data visualization. He will give an account of the intersection of concerns over irrigation, population, geography, and climate. At a time when the Government of India is beginning to invest a $1.5 billion loan from the World Bank to clean up the Ganges River, the book and an accompanying traveling exhibition can serve as a guidebook to better understand and respond to environmental conditions and their social impacts.
Anthony Acciavatti is a historian, architect, and cartographer. He is the founding editor of Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism. His work has been published in the New York Times, Cabinet, Architectural Design, and Topos among other places. He currently teaches at Columbia University and is a PhD candidate in Princeton's History Department.
Pedro Ignacio Alonso is an architect and educator from Chile. He is Associate Professor at the Universidad Catolica de Chile and teaches at the Architectural Association, where he is also Program Directorof the AA Vistiting School to Santiago. Currently, he is Mellon Fellow at Princeton University.