The event was part of a five-year research project funded by the European Research Council, investigating relations between changing monsoon climates and rapid urban growth in three of South Asia’s largest cities: Chennai, Delhi and Dhaka.
The symposium was one of three planned annual events structured around the monsoon’s material elements: Monsoon [+ other] Airs, Monsoon Waters and Monsoon Grounds. These are part of an investigation aiming to produce knowledge of – and design strategies for – these urban environments, conceptualised as more-than-human, monsoonal ecological systems that operate across multiple scales and through media that are indivisibly natural, social, political and technological.
Monsoon Assemblages is being carried out by an inter-disciplinary research team led by Professor Lindsay Bremner. The proceedings are edited by Lindsay Bremner and Georgia Trower. The publication includes texts by Andrew Turner, Victoria Watson, Hanna Swee, Anasuya Basu, J. Pradeep John, Kali Stull and Etienne Turpin, Harshavardhan Bhat, Sean Lally, Keerthana Muralidharan and Simon Joss, with graphic contributions by Cid Schuler, Tom Benson, Calvin Sin and Lindsay Bremner.
Image: flooded Indian city street. Copyright: Perfect Lazybones / courtesy of Shutterstock.