Discipline: Architecture – text

Anthony Acciavatti

Discipline: Architecture – text
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Anthony Acciavatti is the author of Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River, which won the J. B. Jackson Book Prize. His articles and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Public Domain Review, Indian Express, Harvard Design Magazine, Cabinet, and Architectural Design.

Based on nearly a decade of fieldwork and research, the book is the first comprehensive mapping and environmental history of the Ganges in over half a century. Unable to rely solely on historical maps and accounts, he made his own instruments to map the rhythms of the monsoons, people, and agriculture. Along with the book, his drawings and models are a traveling exhibition with recent shows in Seoul, New York, and Mumbai.

At MacDowell he worked on his manuscript for his third book, The World Before and After the Tubewell.


New Jersey

Anthony Acciavatti worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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