Bengal Institute deeply mourns the loss of Anuradha Mathur, landscape architect, architect and professor who passed away on 26th February 2022, in Philadelphia. She was 61.
Anuradha Mathur was the Professor Emeritus in the Landscape Architecture Department, University of Pennsylvania. Together with her partner, Dilip da Cunha, she had been involved in collaborative research, practice, and teaching in diverse cultural milieus such as Mumbai, Jerusalem, the Western Ghats of India, Sundarbans, Coastal Virginia, and most recently the US–Mexico border.
Mathur and da Cunha are authors of Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape (2001), Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain (2006) and Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary (2009), and co-editors of Design in the Terrain of Water (2014).
In 2015, Mathur and da Cunha were invited by Bengal Institute to Dhaka, where they conducted a comprehensive landscape design studio with selected participants, and also gave a lecture titled ‘In the Terrain of Rain’. Below is a glimpse of their visit.