© Mathur + da Cunha
Dilip da Cunha (IN)

Co-existence with water

Dilip da Cunha is an architect and planner based in Philadelphia and Bangalore, and Adjunct Professor at the GSAPP, Columbia University. Together with Anuradha Mathur, da Cunha’s work has focused on the co-existence with water and between water and land, how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, and the opportunities that its ubiquity offers for new visualizations of place and resilience through design.

Da Cunha is author with Anuradha Mathur of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006); Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009); and editor of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014). In 2019, his book, The Invention of Rivers: Alexander’s Eye and Ganga’s Descent, was published by University of Pennsylvania Press.

In 2017, Mathur and Da Cunha initiated a design platform called Ocean of Wetness directed to imaging and imagining habitation in ubiquitous wetness rather than on a land-water surface. (www.mathurdacunha.com) In 2017, they were awarded a Pew Fellowship Grant and in 2021, the Mercedes T. Bass Landscape Architects in Residence Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. In 2020 da Cunha was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Ocean of Rain, an upcoming book and exhibition.


WHEN Thursday 2 May 2024 at 20:00

WHERE STUK Auditorium, Naamsestraat 96, 3000 Leuven

TICKETS via www.stuk.be | ticket@stuk.be | 016 14 66 88

PRICES € 9 | STUK members € 7 | students € 5 | S&A members free entry > members can request a ticket by sending an email to ticket@stuk.be

INFO www.stadenarchitectuur.be / www.stuk.be


Lecture series architecture, urbanism and landscape

Curator: Studio Paola Viganò


In the framework of today’s socio-ecological transition, different human and non-human communities need to live together in new ways of life: how to live with wild nature in the city, how can underprivileged communities find their space in dense metropolitan areas, how can different activities come together in public spaces, etc. This lecture series focuses on the creation of new typologies of space, which accommodate and inspire new ways of life through a technical, political, and ethical process of collective choices.


26.10.2023 / AV aula 91.12
Chloé Bodart & Agnes Pelletier (FR)
Everyday co-existence

30.11.2023 / STUK
Stad Parijs - Charles-Antoine Depardon, Sophie Mourthé, Kristiaan Borret
Metropolis of co-existence

29.02.2024 / STUK
Dirk Sijmons (NL)
Urban-Nature co-existence

21.03.2024 / STUK
Gabu Heindl (AU)
Landscape(s) of co-existence

02.05.2024 / STUK
Dilip da Cunha (IN)
Co-existence with water

08.05.2023 / STUK
Paola Viganò (IT), Viviana d'Auria (IT) & Greet De Block (BE)
Discussion around P. Viganò The Biopolitical Garden

Thu 2 May 2024 20:00


STUK Auditorium


€ 9 (standard)
€ 7 (STUK card)
€ 5 (student)
€ 4 (KU Leuven culture card)
Free (members S&A > request your ticket via mail at ticket@stuk.be)