Ooze architects initiated the Água Carioca project, a project which fundamentally turns around the concept of how we deal with water and wastewater in urban areas. Instead of having to collect and transport it from each house to a treatment plant outside the city, the wastewater is cleaned and re-used directly wherever it is produced. Two presentations on this subject opened in Rio de Janeiro on 5 November 2016.
A pilot project at the Sítio Roberto Burle Marx gardens demonstrates how this system can be implemented on a small scale and the four project proposals on display here envisage how the Água Carioca project could be implemented on a larger scale.
At Studio-X the process of the pilot project’s construction is explained in detail, and Ooze’s ideas that underpin the Água Carioca project are highlighted in an interview. Small-scale, environmentally friendly treatment units are integrated into neighbourhoods without the need for building lengthy and costly sewers, thus creating a healthy, beautiful and clean habitat. Residents are engaged during the process and become aware of the water cycle and water recycling. They turn from passive consumers into resource-conscious citizens who actively participate in shaping a healthy living environment.
With the Água Carioca project there is no need for large-scale infrastructural engineering, no transportation of dirty water and 50% less transportation of clean water. This offers a durable solution that is potentially applicable in all areas which are not connected to a sewer network (currently about 70% of the State of Rio de Janeiro). The two presentations are on display until 17 March 2017. The pilot will run for a minimum of two years. This project is being supported via the Internationalization Programme.
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