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Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 21 Sep 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

We should be thankful for all this rain. Instead, we are distressed with floods, their causes, and who and what to blame, on the basis of which we rush to ‘problem solve’. It is an endless treadmill of despair that traps us into moving from problem to problem.

Have we been describing and prescribing Bengaluru with the wrong imagination, a ‘river imagination’, when it demands a ‘rain imagination’ instead? The latter is the basis of a different sense and understanding of material, place, language, politics and infrastructure.

Architect Dilip da Cunha will make a presentation which will be followed by a Q&A.


Dilip da Cunha


Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner based in Philadelphia and Bangalore, and Adjunct Professor GSAPP at Columbia University. He is author, with landscape architect  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 editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). His most recent book, The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, was published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019. The book received the 2020 ASLA Honor award and the J.B. Jackson Book Prize.

In 2017, Mathur and Da Cunha initiated a design platform called Ocean of Wetness directed to imaging and imagining habitation in ubiquitous wetness rather than on a land-water surface. In 2017, da Cunha was a joint recipient of a Pew Fellowship Grant, and in 2020 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.