In October 2016, I interviewed Dr Andrew Turner, MONASS Advisory Board member, the the UK’s leading monsoon scientist based in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. The following is a transcript of part of our interview: LB: Tell me a little about your work on the monsoon here in the UK, Andrew. […]
Between 04 and 09 December 2016, the Monsoon Assemblages Team (Lindsay Bremner, Beth Cullen, Michele Vianello and PhD candidate Harshavardhan Bhat) will conduct a one week long ‘Water WalkShop’ at the School of Architecture and Planning at Anna University in Chennai. This will be attended by students from the School of Architecture and Planning at […]
The South Asian monsoon is more than an annual atmospheric phenomenon. It is a principle that organises territory and seeps into almost every aspect of life on the Indian subcontinent – its politics, economics, infrastructure, food, sex, culture, religion and daily life. The ambition of Monsoon Assemblages is to (i) develop an understanding of the […]
On Thursday 29th September, Cath Hassell of ech2o Environmental Consultancy ran a fantastic workshop for students in DS18 on urban rain water management and harvesting. This was framed by a discussion of water politics in Tamil Nadu and traditional ways of retaining rainwater in South India. Her presentation covered problems that arise from combined storm […]
The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment invites you to the launch of two grant funded research projects: Public Space and the Role of the Architect in London and São Paulo | Professor Susannah Hagan This Anglo-Brazilian research project examines the often neglected role of the architect in the production of public space in London and […]
After a long summer of frustrating interactions with University finance, procurement, IT and hiring procedures and protocols, Monsoon Assemblages is finally up and running! Our first assemblage is taking shape, around grant funding, a spacious office furnished with long black working desk, a round meeting table, chairs, fans, a kettle, computers, telephones, books; an administrator and three researchers beginning to use post-it notes, coffee, conversations, Mendeley, Nvivo, office 365, google chrome and so on to give shape to the project.