Re-Scape Colloquium on Water Heritage and the SDGs

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Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University

For this edition of the Re-scape colloquium we have invited Dr. Debjani Bhattacharyya, Assistant Professor at the Department of History, Drexel University, USA.  Professor Bhattacharyya is author of Empire and Ecology in the Bengal Delta (Cambridge University Press, 2018).


The main objective of the colloquium is to identify and debate the contribution that an integrated approach to natural and cultural heritage can make to the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

If we take the materiality of water—as rivers, oceans tanks, tidal flats, waterworks, dams, pipes, abandoned water-infrastructure and architectural ruins—we must also put these material watery objects in conversation with sites of ruins in water, i.e. floating debris, plastic islands, oil spills, disappearing coastlines and melting ice-caps to ask: “How do we interact and engage the material legacies of both our ancient and very immediate past histories?” Such an approach uses inter-disciplinary methods to: consider landscape changes in the past, present and future; acknowledge the inseparability of natural and cultural heritage; explore the interconnection of spatial and conceptual aspects of heritage; and evaluate the importance of water related heritage for the future.

The program will be published soon. 

If you are interested to participate or you would like more information please contact Paul Rabé. You can register through: Please mention 'October Re-Scape' in the subject line.