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Water Night with Shrishtee Bajpai

Rotterdam Architecture Month, International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR), and Nieuwe Instituut invite researcher and environmental activist Shrishtee Bajpai to tackle global water-related issues and highlight the urban, architectural, social, ecological and geological aspects of designing with water, together with invited guests and the audience.

30 June 2023 17:30 - 19:00

Devprayag - Confluence of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda to form the river Ganga. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Water issues including drought, flooding, lack of drinking water, declining biodiversity, and social inequality, pose significant global challenges. To address these issues, Water Night, Shrishtee Bajpai, will discuss her involvement in the Rights of Rivers movement and explore systemic alternatives for social justice and the rights of nature, alongside conversations with stakeholders from the Netherlands and around the world to discuss possible ways to restore our relationship with nature and foster healthy, inclusive, and resilient cities and societies.

Water Day and Night is part of the closing event of Rotterdam Architecture Month organized together with IABR and Nieuwe Instituut. With tours, workshops and lectures, this progamme highlights urban, architectural, social, ecological and geological aspects of designing with water.

Programme of Water Night

  • 19:30 hr: Start of the programme
  • 19:40 hr: Keynote presentation by Shrishtee Bajpai
  • 20:15 hr: Conversation with two panels
  • 21:00 hr: End of the programme

More information on the Water Day programme will follow soon.


Shrishtee Bajpai is a researcher based in Pune, India and is member of the environmental action group Kalpavriksh. Her research focuses on documenting, researching, and networking on radical alternatives to dominant systems with specific focus on exploring Indigenous, traditional, and customary ways of living, decision-making and their underlying worldviews. Her visit is made possible by the International Visitors Programme of the Nieuwe Instituut.

Language: English | Location: Nieuwe Instituut | Tickets: €10,-/5,-/,0,-


Rotterdam Architecture Month | Rotterdam Architecture Month is the biggest architecture festival of the Netherlands about the future of the city. The floating festival heart in Maashaven is open for the public the whole month of June.

International Arcitecture Biennale Rotterdam | The International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) is the biennial international event on architecture and urbanism with a focus on the major challenges that the climate crisis and growing social inequality pose to designers and architects.