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Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary

Anuradha Mathur (Author) Dilip da Cunha (Author)
Synopsis Soak is a new visualization of Mumbai’s terrain.  It presents Mumbai in an estuary, a fluid threshold between land and sea.  It encourages design interventions that holds monsoon waters rather than channel them out to sea; that work with the gradient of an estuary; that accommodate uncertainty through resilience, not overcome it with prediction.  It moves Mumbai out of the language of flood and the widely accepted trajectory of war with the sea and monsoon that this language perpetuates.  It recovers the world of soak.

Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha have focused their artistic and design expertise for the past decade on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes.  Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sunderbans, Rio Grande, and Bangalore.  They believe that landscapes are shifting, living, material phenomena that demand an attitude of negotiation rather than control.  Their mission is to create through innovative modes of visual representation the ground for this attitude in design.
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About the authors

Anuradha Mathur

Anuradha is an architect and landscape architect.  She is Associate Professor, School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

Dilip da Cunha

Dilip is an architect and planner.  He is visiting faculty at Parsons School of Design, New York, and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

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Bibliographic information

Title Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rupa & Co.
Language: English
isbn 8129114801, 9788129114808
length xiii+198p., Notes; Colour Maps; Colour Plates; Glossary; 28cm.