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CANCELLED: Birkha Bawari: A 21st Century Step Well in India

  • UCLA Department of Geography Bunche Hall Room 1260; First Floor Los Angeles, CA 90024 (map)

Step-wells, subterranean aqua-structures, were an integral part of Indian communities from 2nd century A.D. till the end of 19th century. Relegated to history in favor of canal and piped water-supply, these exquisite step-wells were gradually abandoned and forgotten. However, with 21st century water crises in India, the ancient wisdom of harnessing water could now be made a part of a new aqua-architecture and sustainable water network.

The speakers, architect A. Mridul and artist/entrepreneur Shipla Mridul, will talk about their project, Birkha Bawarii. It is fashioned like a step-well, designed and built in Umaid Heritage Housing Township in Jodhpur, a water-stressed city on the fringe of the Thar Desert of India. They will also talk about their efforts to replicate and expand the network, and to integrate the arts, history and culture of the region into this renewal.

Please register here. Box Lunches will be provided.