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Dilip da Cunha: Design with Wetness
Dilip da Cunha:  Design with Wetness
WhenWednesday, May 22, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
Campus locationArchitecture Hall (ARC)
Campus room147
Event typesLectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsUW Landscape Architecture Department
UWLA Professional Advisory Council
Target AudienceStudents, Faculty, Public


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 we ask that you register using the button above.

We will offer 1 PDH (Professional Development Hour) via LA/CES
Books will be be available for sale and signing after the lecture! 

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.
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