Yamuna River Project Book Launch


A book launch for the publication, Yamuna River Project: New Delhi Urban Ecology, by UVA School of Architecture faculty Inaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta, and published by Actar Publishers, will be held on April 27th in India. Hosted by Jose Ramon Baranano (Ambassador of Spain in India) and Thomas Katsouleas (Provost at UVA) the event will take place at the Spanish Residence, Embassy of Spain in New Delhi. 

As one of the most rapidly urbanizing cities in the developing world, New Delhi confronts enormous challenges of urban and social equity at a time of profound economic and climatic uncertainty. As a result, the citizens of the world’s largest democracy live amidst extreme environmental degradation. Existing governance structures have been hard pressed to cope with the pace of the complex and rapidly evolving dynamics of economic and climate change. Toxic air and septic waters are simply collateral damage in this circumstance. They are the indicator of complex urban problems that need a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. The Yamuna River Project aims to help the city of New Delhi and its stakeholders re-imagine and transform the sacred, yet polluted, Yamuna River by offering a research based solution for dysfunctional river-city environments.

The Embassy of Spain in India is honored to partner with the University of Virginia in a project that has the potential to change the way in which the development of a metropolis is conceived. Over the past decades, Spain has invested heavily in providing its cities with technology rich services, mobility and transportation systems, while guaranteeing efficient energy and water resource availability and management.  Spain owes its “smart” success story to the long promoted model of sustainable urban development, a development that must be invariably adapted to the existing geographic, geological and climatic context of any urban area. Thus, Spain has linked its profound experience in water, basin and river management to the growth of the country and the needs of its population. 

This publication presents the result of more than three consecutive years of focused research initiatives and designs from The University of Virginia School of Architecture towards the revitalization of New Delhi’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 New Delhi, and creating vital urban links with the Yamuna river, as it flows through India’s capital city.