Anuradha Mathur is an architect and landscape architect. She is Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Landscape Architecture Department, University of Pennsylvania, and partner with Dilip da Cunha in the firm Mathur / da Cunha.
Mathur / da Cunha have focused their artistic and design expertise on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains, including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Bangalore, Mumbai and, most recently, Jerusalem. An underlying thread in Mathur and da Cunha’s work is concern for how water is visualized and engaged, and how such visualizations and engagements lead to conditions of excess and scarcity; another thread is a focus on the opportunities that the fluidity of water offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination and design practice.
Mathur and da Cunha are the authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (Yale University Press, 2001); Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (Rupa & Co., 2006), and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (National Gallery of Modern Art / Rupa & Co., 2009).