Territories of Water Symposium

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 9:00am to 11:30am

MIT, Building 9, 9-451 105 Mass Ave, Cambridge

"Territories of Water" is a SPURS-DUSP symposium that will address the disparate rural-urban landscapes arising out of such city-centered water planning policies and design mandates. Through the projects presented, the symposium will propose new models to replace traditional rural-urban spatial concepts and will discuss tools and methods for collaboration between the two realms. Rural and urban are conceived as opposing ends of the civilizational continuum. Despite complimentary coexistence, this divisive conception is reflected in the contrasting policy and planning tools serving these areas. 

Please RSVP to alka@mit.edu and ranu@mit.edu to confirm your presence.


9:00 AM – 9:10 AM 
Welcoming Remarks 

9:10 AM – 9:20 AM 
Symposium Introduction 

9:20 AM – 10:00 AM 
Cities and Rivers 
Inaki Alday, Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, University of Virginia 

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM 
Rurban Water Planning in Maharashtra: Political Ecology of Panchyati Raj 
James Wescoat, Professor of Landscape Architecture & Director, Urbanism Group, MIT 

10:20 AM – 10:40 AM 
The Imaginations of Water and a City - Bengaluru, India 
S Vishwananth, Biome Environmental Solutions 

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM 
Colorado Landscape Planning 
Sourav Biswas, Sasaki Associates 

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM 
Panel Discussion 

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM 
Closing Remarks 
Bishwapriya Sanyal, Professor of International Development and Planning & Director, SPURS, MIT 

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