James Wescoat to Address Water as Unifying Theme in Mughal Landscape

James Wescoat, MIT’s Aga Khan Professor of Architecture, will address “Water and Work in the Mughal Landscape” in a public lecture on Thursday, April 5, 4:10 p.m. in 203 Cohen Hall on the Peabody campus. An expert on the grand Mughal gardens built in the 16th and 17th centuries in what is now India and Pakistan, Wescoat applies his insights from South Asia’s distant past to the use of water in contemporary America as well as Asia.

“Water has been the unifying theme in my work, especially the study of water-conserving design across different scales, regions, and cultures,” said Wescoat, who has charted a new course in the study of water. “Water is to landscape what energy is to buildings.”

Wescoat is affiliated with The Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture, which is dedicated to the study of Islamic architecture and urbanism, visual arts and conservation and rehabilitation in the Islamic world.

The lecture is sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities Sacred Ecology Seminar and the Department of History of Art’s Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Lecture Series, Vanderbilt University. Parking is available in lot 95 in front of Cohen Hall by the 21st Avenue South entrance or on 18th Avenue South on the eastern edge of Peabody campus. ~Fay

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