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Author Acciavatti, Anthony, author
Title Ganges water machine : designing new India's ancient river / Anthony Acciavatti ; editing by Aleksandr Bierig and Duncan Corrigall
Imprint San Francisco, California : Applied Research + Design Publishing (ar+d) , [2015]
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  DS485.G5 A33 2015    AVAILABLE    30560400660491
Edition First edition
Descript 5 unnumbered pages, 402 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color), plans, facsimiles ; 30 cm
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still image sti rdacontent
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-397) and index
Foreword / Rahul Mehrotra -- Preface -- Introduction -- Part 1 Survey of the Ganges. Theater -- Topographic monumentality -- Global river basins -- Monsoon -- Behemoth -- Vapors -- Tools -- Part 2 Constructing the Ganges water machine. Super-surface -- Ganges canal -- Opening ceremony -- Enchantment -- Models -- References -- Divisions -- Super-passages -- Rajbuhas -- Public Works Department -- Revolution -- Defects -- Lower Ganges canal -- Heroism -- Drain -- Debt -- Decentralization -- Part 3 Himalayan dreams. Super-surface -- Survey -- Crisis in slow-motion -- Liberation -- Poets -- Tubewells -- Stations -- Explosions -- 1966 -- Family planning -- HYVS -- Implementation -- Schemes -- Part 4 Changes of state (Allahabad to Varanasi). Regional capital -- Allahabad -- Celestial-terrestrial microcosm -- Magh Mela -- Kumbh Mela -- Open territory -- Transects -- Narainpur Pump Canal -- Varanasi
Beyond the dense urbanism of Mumbai (Bombay) or the IT centers of Bangalore and Hyderabad lies the Ganges River basin - today home to over one-quarter of India's billion-plus population - a space historically defined by a mythological constellation of terrestrial sites imbued with celestial significance. Not only is it one of the most densely populated river basins in the world, but it also undergoes dramatic physical changes with the onslaught of the wet monsoon, where over one-meter of rainfall occurs in the span of three months.This book focuses on the intersection of these two observations. It is an atlas of built and unbuilt projects designed to transform the river into a giant water machine.Since the middle of the nineteenth century, this mythical watercourse has functioned as a laboratory to test and build a new civilization around the culture of water. Jointly authored by people and nature, the Ganges River is today a monstrous water machine in which the entire basin became a workshop of human-made experience, defined by a hydrological system best described as a supersurface: a surface engineered from the scale of the soil to the scale of the nation. Everything from diffuse urban projects and green revolutions to colossal public works programs and architectural transformations constitute the genesis of the Ganges Water Machine. Whether to thwart massive peasant uprisings or to redirect monsoonal rains to productive ends, never before has a river that inspired the realization of unbelievable architectural and infrastructural projects received as little scrutiny as the Ganges river basin.Reaching through the very heart of some of India s most densely populated cities, small towns, industrial zones, sacred sites, and mountainous forests, Ganges Water Machine by Anthony Acciavatti, composed of eight years of field and archival research, explores and theorizes the people and infrastructures that shaped this territory. Ganges Water Machine is an atlas of the enterprise to make the Ganges River basin into a highly engineered landscape: it reveals the narratives and explanations that allowed engineers and planners to realize fantasies previously only imaginable on paper or in myth
Subject Regional planning -- Ganges River Valley (India and Bangladesh)
Watersheds -- Ganges River Valley (India and Bangladesh) -- History -- Designs and plans
Water resources development -- Ganges River Valley (India and Bangladesh)
Agriculture -- Ganges River Valley (India and Bangladesh) -- History
Urbanization -- Ganges River Valley (India and Bangladesh)
Ganges River (India and Bangladesh) -- History
Ganges River Valley (India and Bangladesh) -- History
Ganges River (India and Bangladesh) -- Environmental conditions
Ganges River Valley (India and Bangladesh) -- Environmental conditions
Agriculture. fast (OCoLC)fst00801355
Ecology. fast (OCoLC)fst00901476
Regional planning. fast (OCoLC)fst01093120
Urbanization. fast (OCoLC)fst01162722
Water resources development. fast (OCoLC)fst01171955
Watersheds. fast (OCoLC)fst01172744
Asia -- Ganges River. fast (OCoLC)fst01310068
Asia -- Ganges River Valley. fast (OCoLC)fst01311270
Gestion des ressources en eau -- Gange, Vallée du (Inde) ram
Agriculture -- Gange, Vallée du (Inde) ram
Urbanisation -- Gange, Vallée du (Inde) ram
Gange (cours d'eau) -- Inde -- Histoire. ram
Gange (cours d'eau) -- Bangladesh -- Histoire. ram
Gange, Vallée du (Inde) -- Inde -- Histoire. ram
Gange, Vallée du (Inde) -- Bangladesh -- Histoire. ram
Gange, Vallée du (Inde) -- Environnement. ram
Asie -- Gange (cours d'eau) ram
Designs and plans. fast (OCoLC)fst01423771
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
Alt Author Bierig, Aleksandr, editor
Corrigall, Duncan, editor
Mehrotra, Rahul, author of introduction
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