Ganges Water Machine is Winner of The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2016

 The Foundation for Landscape Studies, a New York not-for-profit corporation is governed by a board of directors and implemented under the leadership of its president, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. It initiates collaborative projects with other organizations, institutions, and individuals that promote and advance landscape history and historic landscape design, theory, and practice.

 The John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for 2016

The Foundation for Landscape Studies is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2016 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for recently published books that have made significant contributions to the study and understanding of garden history and landscape studies.


Anthony Acciavatti

Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River

Applied Research + Design Publishing, 2015


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 mythological, 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, when over one meter of rain falls in the span of three months. Focusing on the intersection of these two observations, this book is an atlas of built and unbuilt projects designed to transform the river into a hydrological system best described as a supersurface: a surface engineered at every level, from the scale of the soil to the scale of the nation.


Anthony Acciavatti, architect and principal of Somatic-Collaborative in New York City, is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the History of Science Program in the Department of History at Princeton University.