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YANTRA: Infrastructures of the Sacred and Profane


YANTRA: Infrastructures of the Sacred and Profane

Varanasi, India

The project by Vedhant Maharaj, a student of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits, South Africa), explores new methods for water purification infrastructure along the Ganges River in India.

A treatment plant on the Varanasi waterfront combines various water purification processes, from mechanical cleaning to natural filtration, to reduce pollution of the holy river. The buildings fit into the sociocultural, religious, and aesthetic context of the region and provide traditional washrooms and swimming pools – and they respond dynamically to the yearly monsoon flooding.

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Forum Details

Infrastructure Space
April 7 to April 9, 2016

Detroit, USA
Project Details
Holcim Forum Prize
Highly commended
Student Poster Competition
Vedhant Maharaj
Main Author
Vedhant Maharaj
University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Johannesburg, South Africa
Holcim Foundation

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