Soak. Mumbai in an Estuary
Project by Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha.
Mumbai is a monsoonal city, whose post-colonial drainage interventions have exacerbated the negative impacts of water. Interventions modified/filled the original complex shore of rivers and islands, removing its natural ability to handle the seasonal water variations. These interventions were often generated from the preconceived notion that the anything above the mapped water line should be LAND.
Their realization that the water line is not a fixed line removed the damaging dichotomy between land and water. This then necessitated a new analysis of site and a representation to match.
Water is almost meaningless in plan, but highly visible and variable in section. A sectional mapping creates a new visual understanding of place. This is then reinformed by serial vision of experiences, creating a clear understanding of surface variation almost paralleling the movement of people and water.
This is a project that started with a clear vision and conceptual rigor. The basis for analysis starting back at first principles, questioning assumptions created centuries ago at the beginning of mapping.
Soak Web is the website for the project
We have also looked at this project previously, links below:
Images by Tom Lenigas from the lecture by Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha at the AILA National Conference, Melbourne Saturday 9 May 2009.