Water - Stormwater Management

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-D09 - Water and Social Life in India: Lessons for Practice

Friday, October 19
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 109


Critical to advancing future resilience is the coupling of water systems with forms of social life and community-driven resource management. This session will describe the historic, culturally embedded landscape systems of rainwater capture in India and their potential to invoke new design paradigms for future urban water infrastructure.

Learning Objectives:

Dilip da Cunha

Adjunct Professor
Mathur/Da Cunha & Columbia University

Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner. He is coauthor of Mississippi Floods: Design 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 co-editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (A+RD Publishers, San Francisco, 2014). Da Cunha, with his partner Anuradha Mathur, have focused their work on drawing out opportunities that water’s fluidities and complexities offer for new visualizations of terrain and design imagination. He is Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University GSAPP.


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Alpa Nawre, ASLA

Assistant Professor, University of Florida
Partner, Alpa Nawre Design

Alpa Nawre is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida, Partner at her design practice, Alpa Nawre Design and one of the founders of Critical Places. She is a recipient of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture Award for Excellence in Design Studio Teaching, the Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies, and Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellowship for Innovation and Leadership. She holds a Masters degree in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor in Architecture from NIT, Raipur, India.


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Geeta Mehta, AIA

President & Adj. Professor
Asia Initiatives/Columbia University

Geeta Mehta is an Adjunct Professor in Columbia University's Urban Design Program, and has worked on design projects in India, China, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Ghana and Kenya. She received her B. Arch from the SPA in New Delhi, M.S. AUD from Columbia, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo. Mehta is the founder of Asia Initiatives, a nonprofit that has supported over 200 micro credit banks, 40 village knowledge centers, and supported education and technology initiatives in India and other developing countries. Geeta has also developed the concept of Social Capital Credits (SoCCs), inspired by carbon credits.


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Kate Orff, ASLA

Founder and Principal

Kate is a registered landscape architect focused on retooling design practice to anticipate climate change and to foster social life. As the founding Principal of SCAPE, she advances the firm’s goals through publications, lectures, research, and project work and is known for leading complex, creative, and collaborative work processes that advance broad environmental and social prerogatives. Kate is also the Director of Columbia University's Urban Design Program. She received a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship.


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