Summit Panelist: Anuradha Mathur
June 11, 2016
Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Anuradha Mathur, an architect and landscape architect, is Professor in the Landscape Architecture Department, University of Pennsylvania. In collaboration with her partner Dilip da Cunha, she is author of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001), Deccan Traverses: the Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Delhi: Rupa & Co., 2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (Delhi: NGMA and Rupa & Co., 2009), and most recently co-editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (A+RD Publishers, San Francisco, 2014).
An underlying thread in their 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. This concern has also guided their teaching and design studios, more recently in Mumbai, Jerusalem, and the Western Ghats of India. In 2011 and 2012 Mathur curated an international symposium titled In the Terrain of Water, held at PennDesign.
In 2013/2014 she was invited to lead a PennDesign Team with Dilip da Cunha for a project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation titled Structures of Coastal Resilience. Their team’s focus was the Norfolk and the Hampton Roads area of coastal Virginia where they continue to be in dialogue with local institutions and the US Army Corps of Engineers on the future of coastal infrastructure and settlement in the face of sea level rise. Mathur and da Cunha are Geddes Visiting Fellows at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh for spring 2016.