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.
From young practitioners to established actors in the field, Atelier Clerici cuts a cross-section through the most forward-thinking work in social design, material and technological innovations, maker culture, education, independent publishing, and international platforms for design curation and research. You are cordially invited to the opening reception organised by Creative Industries Fund NL, Dutch Consulate General, Commonplace Studio, Design Academy Eindhoven, Envisions, Het Nieuwe Instituut, MacGuffin Magazine, Studio Minale-Maeda, Studio Sabine Marcelis and Teresa van Dongen.
Ambassador Joep Wijnands will give a welcoming address at 18.30.
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