UBC Graduate Research

Relational River Rights : Design Dialogues with the River Goddess Yamuna Malik, Prashi


Located in New Delhi, India, this project seeks to expand upon the understanding of 'River Rights' through a lens of pluralism and relationality. Although culturally, River Yamuna is considered a revered Goddess in the country, her water continues to be contaminated beyond repair. Granted that this issue of freshwater waste stems from political unwillingness and lack of necessary infrastructure, but it is worsened by a strong sense of apathy within the local community. This project explores design narratives to counter this apathy by giving the river Goddess Yamuna a voice, making her a participant, a client, and a consistent presence in the future development of her own floodplain.

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