Anthony Acciavatti is a historian, cartographer, and architect. He is a principal of Somatic Collaborative and a founding editor of Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism. His work has been published in the New York Times, Cabinet, Architectural Design, and Topos among other places.
Acciavatti is the author of Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River (awarded the 2016 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize), the first comprehensive mapping and history of India’s Ganges River basin in half a century. He has spent the last decade hiking, driving, and boating across the Ganges in order to map it and to understand the growing conflicts over water for drinking, agriculture, and industry. Combining fieldwork with archival research, the book is an atlas of the enterprise to transform the Ganges. Along with the book, Ganges Water Machine is an internationally traveling exhibition.