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.