The Yamuna River Project

February 26, 2017

Yamuna River Project Presentation Video

Video presentation of the Yamuna River Project, the interdisciplinary pan-university research project of the rejuvenation of the Yamuna river and its opening to the city of Delhi.

Photo by Monisha Nasa

From Friday, October 13 2017 to Sunday, October 15 2017, the Yamuna River Project displayed their work at  the Smithsonian National Museum of American history as part of the ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival 2017 in collaboration with The Smithsonian Institution and Virginia Tech.

Photo by Randhir Singh

NPR : Can India's Sacred But 'Dead' Yamuna River Be Saved?

A recent article by Julie Mccarthy, published on the NPR website talks about the situation of the Yamuna river. Highlighting the pollution levels and its urban and environmental impact, along with problems at the administrative level that lead to unaccountability of the municipal authorities. Read the full article at the NPR.

UVa Spring Symposia: March 16 and April 14

A series of symposiums with faculty researchers at the University of Virginia mark the opening and conclusion of the Spring 2017 session of the Yamuna River Project, focused on the work produced in partnership with the Delhi Jal Board regarding the Najafgarh Drain. Read further to learn more about the multidisciplinary conversations from the March and April symposiums.

The Yamuna. Photo by Randhir Singh.

THE GUARDIAN: Ganges and Yamuna Rivers Granted Same Legal Rights as Human Beings

A recent article by The Guardian describes how the Ganges has "become the first non-human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people." This decision has significant environmental implications, resulting in the establishment of a management board and stricter regulations regarding pollution and waste management facilities. Read the full article at The Guardian.

Jeff Legro and Keshav Chandra sign the MOU between UVA and the Delhi Jal Board

MOU Signed with the Delhi Jal Board, July 2016

The outcome of a series of meetings with the Indian Government, the Delhi Government and the governmental agencies related was a memorandum of understanding signed during a July 2016 visit between the Delhi Jalboard (Water Agency of Delhi) and the University of Virginia. The object of the MOU is the study during the next five years of the 58 km of the Najafgarh Drain, which accounts for 60% of the pollution in the Yamuna.

Water Infrastructures

Comprehensive Vision. Re-Centering Delhi Team 12/14/2016

Re-Centering Delhi Team, Fall 2016.

Najafgarh Drain

Urbanisation of Coronation Pillar

Abe Wilson , Fall 2017

Najafgarh Drain

Hastsaal-Palam Drain Delta

Sally Aul, Laurence Holland, Audrey Hughes, Fall 2016

YRP Director Pankaj vir Gupta discusses IHC exhibition with LG Anil Baijal.

On Wednesday, March 29, a complete schedule of talks and presentations will preface the inauguration of the YRP Exhibition at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi, India. After entering into a five-year agreement with the Delhi Jal Board in partnership with the University of Virginia, the Project presents a comprehensive strategy for the rejuvenation of all drains and water-bodies in New Delhi. The exhibition in India will be open to the public until April 07. A full schedule of events can be found here.

2017 Exhibition Book

YRP 2017 India Habitat Centre Exhibition Book

From March 29-April 08, 2017, the Yamuna River Project, in partnership with the Delhi Jal Board, presented a critical set of design strategies surrounding the Najafgarh Drain at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, extending the Project directly into the eyes of the public and further. Use this link to head to the MEDIA page to review the official exhibition catalog.

The YRP studio trip, fall 2016

A list of the various research projects affiliated with the Yamuna Research Program


Laundry, Randhir Singh. 01/16/2015

Randhir Singh, Photographer and Architect

Najafgarh Drain

Waste sorting complex

Zhilan Song and Yolanda Zhao , Fall 2017

Najafgarh Drain

Restored Jahangirpuri marsh

Vida Shen, Fall 2017

Central Yamuna

Cultural forum at the India Gate

Joe Brookover, Fall 2015

Central Yamuna

Low-income housing proposal, south elevation

Eric Barr, Fall 2014

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