The Yamuna River Project: the recuperation of the toxic rivers of Delhi
In 2011, Iñaki Alday was appointed as the Quesada Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture of the University of Virginia, where he is participating in the on-going evolution of the architecture program at the university of Thomas Jefferson, the one of the first public universities of the United States. Since 2016, he is the Director of the Yamuna River Project, the first pan-university grand challenge project at the University of Virginia. The Yamuna River Project (http://yamunariverproject.org/) is a long-term, inter-disciplinary research program whose objective is to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in the Delhi area. Iñaki Alday and Pankaj Vir Gupta -Professor of Architecture and Principal, Vir Mueller Architects/Delhi - initiated the project in 2013.
The Yamuna River Project involves an interdisciplinary team from the UVa and from India with expertise in architecture, land planning, civil engineering, environmental science, public-private partnerships, anthropology, political science, history, and cultural studies. The team’s objective is to engage the efforts of government agencies, experts and activists in an ongoing program to address the multidimensional challenges of Delhi and the relation with its river. Both in the academic appointment and in the design practice of aldayjover architecture and landscape, Iñaki Alday promotes a new attitude in front of the professional and academic challenges on the transformation of our environment.