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KUMBH MELA: MAPPING THE EPHEMERAL MEGA CITY. Rahul Mehrotra. Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 448 pp. with 353 col. ills. 22 x 17 cm. ISBN 9783775739900 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Many people are not familiar with Kumbh Mela, and yet it is the largest celebration on earth: depending on the positions of Jupiter, the sun and the moon, Hindus travel to certain places along holy rivers, the Ganges for example, to bathe and cleanse themselves of sin. With a 2013 attendance of approximately 34 million, the triennial pilgrimage requires that the communities hosting the gatherings create functioning temporary structures to transport, house and feed enormous crowds of people. In 2013, a team from Harvard University monitored the large-scale event from its preparation through to the actual celebration, investigating and documenting the prototypes for flexible urban planning and offering organizers advice on issues around environmental protection. This substantial hardcover presents their comprehensive research findings along with city maps, aerial images and photographs of this most fascinating feat of urban planning.
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Worldwide Number: 813286
Hardcover $50.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) nota bene: See Comment Above.

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