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The Invention of Rivers: Alexander's Eye and Ganga's Descent

A Book Talk with the Author
The event is free and open to the public (please show photo ID at entrance)

Dilip da Cunha
Architect and Planner
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 06:00
Class of 1978 Pavilion | Kislak Center | Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 6th floor 3420 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA 19104

About the Author:
Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner working out of Philadelphia and Bangalore. He teaches at Harvard University and Columbia University and is author with Anuradha Mathur of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape; Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary; and Design in the Terrain of Water.

About the Book:
Featuring more than 150 illustrations, many in color, The Invention of Rivers (PennPress, 2018) integrates history, art, cultural studies, hydrology, and geography to tell the story of how rivers have been culturally constructed as lines granted special roles in defining human habitation and everyday practice.

"The Invention of Rivers is a radical and timely book that will stimulate considerable debate on matters of the greatest contemporary urgency."—Arjun Appadurai, New York University

"A highly original argument and extraordinary piece of scholarship that comes at a time when rain is behaving unpredictably and challenging humanity's attempt to contain it within banks. It offers an alternative way of thinking about our relationship with the hydrological cycle and of living with wetness."—Lindsay Bremner, University of Westminster

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