Professor Mario Gandelsonas, FAIA, has been invited to participate in the 12th International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo which will take place in the fall of 2019 to present the Fluvial Metropolis research project.
The Fluvial Metropolis, an initiative that was created as a collaborative Princeton University/University of Sao Paulo (USP) project develops a research program on the future of water infrastructure. The Princeton team which is lead by Professor Mario Gandelsonas along with Anthony Acciavatti, Evangelos Kotsioris, and Curt Gambetta will present two aspects of the work that is being developed by the joint Princeton/USP research network. The University of Sao Paulo team will present an “anthropological” installation that will include the actual USP physical lab research in place (people working with computers, maps and models) focused on the Hidroanel, a water ring that will radically reorganize the city growth. The Princeton University team will present the field research on case studies of public spaces on water edges in New Jersey and New York. Documentary videos developed by the Princeton University team will be presented digitally with simultaneous projections on two screens.
Professor Gandelsonas has been developing Fluvial Metropolis since 2014 with the USP research team inclucing Alexandre Delijaicov. At Princeton, Acciavatti worked together with Professor Gandelsonas on water infrastructure and participated in one of the several Fluvial Metropolis workshops and Evangelos was the editor of the Fluvial Metropolis book.
As part of the Biennale, in October, there will also be a book launch presenting territorial models, and discussing the issue of water from the perspective of the work of the team to an everyday scale.