Member of the International Jury – Rosa Barba Prize 2016
Anuradha Mathur, an architect and landscape architect, is Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department. In collaboration with her partner, Dilip da Cunha, she has focused her artistic and design expertise on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains, including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Bangalore, Mumbai, Jerusalem, Varanasi, the Himalayas, and most recently the Sundarbans. An underlying thread in Mathur’s work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice. In April, 2011 and 2012 she conceived and curated an international symposium titled In the Terrain of Water, at PennDesign.
She is author with Dilip da Cunha of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Rupa & Co., 2006), and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (National Gallery of Modern Art / Rupa & Co., 2009). Most recently they have co-edited a book entitled Design in the Terrain of Water (Applied Research & Design Publishing, San Francisco, 2014).
Mathur and da Cunha are currently leading a PennDesign team for a yearlong project coordinated by Professor Guy Nordenson of Princeton University and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation titled Structures of Coastal Resilience (SCR) with a focus on Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area of coastal Virginia.
She is also initiating a new project on the visualization and transformation of the Western Ghats of India in collaboration with the Law+Environment+Design Laboratory at the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore.
CALL FOR ENTRIES – ROSA BARBA PRIZE