Yamuna River Project

Yamuna River Project

Iñaki Alday, Pankaj Vir Gupta


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This publication presents the results of more than five consecutive years of focused research initiatives and designs from The University of Virginia School of Architecture towards the revitalization of New Delhi, India’s water bodies. In collaboration with the Delhi Jal Board, The University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project is an inter-disciplinary research program, proposing to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in Delhi and creating vital urban links with the Yamuna River as it flows through India’s capital city. Through the research, methodologies, and designs contained within this publication, this project aims to serve as a catalyst for the urgent recovery of the Yamuna River and its tributaries, building a publically accessible body of information and expertise resulting in visions of what an alternative future would be. Only by addressing human equality and the complexity of Delhi’s urban phenomenon can the social and ecological crises manifested through these neglected water bodies be solved.


Iñaki Alday:
Iñaki Alday, in his academic appointments of Quesada Professor of Architecture and Director of The Yamuna River Project at the University of Virginia and in the design practice of aldayjover architecture and landscape, promotes a new attitude in response to the professional and academic challenges facing the transformation of our environment. He finds the role of Architecture and Architects, interdisciplinary work and integration of scales, new nontraditional programs as hybrid infrastructures, and social and environmental ethics are some of the challenges that must be faced with a global vision.|||Pankaj Vir Gupta is Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia and Director of the Yamuna River Project. With a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia (1993), and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture at Yale University (1997), Gupta practices as founder principal vir.mueller architects in New Delhi, India (2003). Gupta is a Registered Architect, licensed to practice in the U.S.A., and a member of the Council of Architecture in India. He has received awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Foundation for World Education, the George Nakashima Foundation for Peace, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.