Exhibition : The River Ganga : India's Iconic Water Machine
Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai invites you to the launch of its exhibition on one of the most hyper-engineered landscapes in the world.
The River Ganga touches the lives of nearly half of India’s billion-plus population. Its transformation over the last 150 years to meet the ceaseless need for drinking, agriculture, and industry merits great scrutiny. This exhibition by Anthony Acciavatti from the Graduate School of Art, Architecture and Planning at Columbia University is the first comprehensive visual profile of the Ganga River Basin in half a century and addresses what others have overlooked.
The first half of the exhibition begins with a visual essay on the descent of Ganga and the effects of the monsoons on cities and farms, and then explores the development of canals and stepwells as well as barrages and tubewells across the basin. The second half of the exhibition visualizes how and why these technologies have been used and abused to temper the monsoons and provide water for drinking and agriculture.
is Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. He spent a decade hiking, driving, and boating across the Ganga in order to map the river and authored Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River, awarded the 2016 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize.