The University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project is an inter-disciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, thus reconnecting India’s capital city back to the water.
The Yamuna River Project engages the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists, in India and internationally, in an ongoing investigation addressing the multidimensional challenges for the recovery of the urban relationship between New Delhi and the Yamuna River.As a multi-disciplinary research project, the Yamuna River Project is evaluating and analyzing the empirical evidence that will become vital to any robust consideration of democracy’s prospects. Can the Yamuna River Project serve as a focus of engagement – its methodologies expanding to the evaluation of a broader set of urban territories - for thinking anew about how best to ensure a fair and equitable quality of urban life? What are the broad contours of a holistic approach that can guide concrete interventions to improve the life of the city? How should different levels of government work together? Is it possible to project a more inclusive vision of city life?The Yamuna River Project is uniquely positioned to confront these critical questions on urbanity and its intersection with an increasingly fragile ecology.
Published in 2018, the book Yamuna River Project: New Delhi Urban Ecologies was awarded the prestigious DAM prize for one of the ten best architecture books in the world, awarded by the German Museum for Architecture in Berlin.
Re-Centering Delhi is a three-year research collaborative at the University of Virginia School of Architecture which uses urban design mandates to initiate a dialogue with the city of New Delhi. This research and design exercise is based upon a collaborative methodology intended to facilitate a wide-ranging discourse resulting in a series of speculative solutions for a critical site. Re-Centering Delhi capitalizes on current conversations within the government to place riverfront restoration and development at the forefront of national consciousness. The rapid urbanization of New Delhi, coupled with the absence of planning strategies along the Yamuna River has resulted in an ecological emergency for the city.
Sited on the coastal edge of the Bay of Bengal, this dormitory for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, India, was designed by architects George Nakashima and Antonin Raymond. Completed in 1942, Golconde was the first reinforced, cast-in-place concrete building in India. The structure is one of the clearest examples of the modernist credo: architecture as the manifest union of aesthetics, technology, and social reform. The results of our three year research project have been assembled into a traveling exhibit, inaugurated at the University of Texas at Austin.