Southern reaches of the Pallikaranai Marsh. Photograph: Beth Cullen In early December we made our first visit to Chennai with students from DS18, Master of Architecture design studio. Our stay lasted just over two weeks during which we fully immersed ourselves in the city. The majority of the trip was focused on a week-long Water […]
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 […]
Resilient Urban Edges: Adaptive and Mitigative Strategies in Chennai This blog entry is a summary of the presentation held during the 2nd Monsoon Assemblages seminar, written by the guest presenter Vaishali Enos. In the second Monsoon Assemblages seminar, I presented excerpts from my design-based dissertation for the Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design […]
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 […]
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.