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January 2019
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SMAAKSTAAT moves to next phase with event at Provinciehuis Den Bosch
Proposed design for the first 'SMAAKHAVEN' at De Walnoothoeve(n) Farm (credits: © Ooze)
Coming Wednesday, as part of our ongoing project SMAAKSTAAT, we will be taking part in an special event about the future of farming and the role of design, organised by the competition Brood en Spelen in the provinciehuis Noord-Brabant, Den Bosch. SMAAKSTAAT, one of the winning entries for the competition, will be exhibited and discussed alongside other winners from Noord-Brabant, Overijssel and Gelderland. SMAAKSTAAT is an architectural and cultural project to reinvigorate the food culture of the Netherlands, engage consumers and offer a model for renewal of the countryside.

Teams and partners from the competition will be present, with a series of talks and panel discussions, including Floris Alkemade (Rijksbouwmeester), Berno Strootman (Rijksadviseur voor het landschap), Louise Fresco (WUR) and Erik van Merrienboer (Deputy, Noord-Brabant). If you’d like to join us at this public event, you can find out more information and subscribe here.
Ooze's antidote to the water apocalyse: Vision sees New York City closer to nature
Overview of proposal at Scale L - Newtown Creek (credits: © Ooze)
As part of the Ooze exhibition ‘Water Bodies’ at A/D/O Gallery, Ooze developed the project ‘Every Other Street’, asking, what would be necessary to make Newtown Creek swimmable? By turning every other street in the New York grid into a porous surface capable of absorbing stormwater, the city could naturally treat runoff pollution, reduce its dependence on high-tech pumps and treatment centres and prevent floods, all while bringing the city closer to nature. The project was published in the A/D/O journal (article by Meredith Lawder) and Metropolis (article by Bridget Newsham) and was part of the ‘Water Futures’ programme, curated by Jane Withers.
Água Carioca to be exhibited at XXII Triennale di Milano: 'Broken Nature'
Água Carioca on display at the Sitio Burle Marx 2016/2017 (credits: © Ooze)
Curated by Paola Antonelli, the Triennale, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, highlights the concept of restorative design and 'studies the state of the threads that connect humans to their natural environments - some frayed, others altogether severed.' Three Água Carioca panels will be displayed alongside the film 'Água Carioca Diaries'. The Triennale runs from March 1 to September 1 2019 together with a public programme of symposiums.
Ooze invited as speakers at LafargeHolcim Global Forum 

Ooze will be presenting as part of the workshop “Changing paradigms: Materials for a world not yet built” chaired by Werner Sobek and Dirk Hebel at the upcoming International Forum for Sustainable Construction in Cairo. This 6th forum will be dedicated to the topic of “Re-materializing Construction”. Our project ‘Água Carioca’ was the winner of the LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 Latin America. Speakers will be Lord Norman Foster, Anne Lacaton, Diébédo Francis Kéré and Marc Angélil among others.

Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th April 2019
American University
Cairo, Egypt
Green light for 'City of 1,000 Tanks' at Water as Leverage workshop

Since being selected for the Water as Leverage programme in August 2018, the Ooze-led consortium have been engaged in a series of local (Chennai) and regional (Singapore) workshops to develop and refine their proposal: City of 1,000 Tanks. The designs have been discussed with local stakeholders, advisory board members and potential financial partners (including The World Bank and the Green Climate Fund).

1,000 Tanks has been given the green light to proceed to the next phase, where there will be a particular focus on the bankability and transformational capacity of the designs.
Site-specific art commissions: Lecture at Sciences Po, Paris

This upcoming lecture at Science Po is part of the course 'Managing and Promoting Cultural Projects', taught by Delphine Munro, Head of Arts & Culture - European Investment Bank Institute. We will be presenting our practice, which reaches from conception to realisation, drawing on our experience with projects such as King's Cross Pond Club, Public Space Society and current Future Island.

Monday 25th March 2019
Sciences Po
Paris, France
A+T publication: Hybridizing natural and man-made processes

The issue 'Public Space Strategies: Activators' looks at a series of leading projects from across the globe, identifying and analysing strategies employed and actions arising as a result. 'Hybridizing natural and man-made processes' highlights the work of Ooze and Marjetica Potrč at the Kings Cross Pond Club, London, employing strategies such as 'activating voids' in order to offer a 'stage' from which to watch the evolution of the city.

You can get your copy here.
Eva Pfannes member of 2018 Rotterdam Architecture Prize Jury

The jury -  Samir Bantal (jury chair, Director, AMO), Bart Schoonderbeek (Schipper Bosch), Jacob Voorthuis (TU Eindhoven), Renske van der Stoep (ROFFAA) and Eva Pfannes - chose Erasmus MC Hospital as the winner, for its ‘humanity’ and the manner in which it reaches out to Rotterdam. De Valkenier and the Zwemcentrum Rotterdam won honorable mentions. The prizes were awarded at Rotterdam City Hall in December 2018.
Rotterdam Architecture Prize is an initiative of the municipality of Rotterdam, organised by AIR, Architecture Institute Rotterdam.
Lecture on Urban Strategies at University of Siegen

On the invitation of Prof. Uli Exner and Nikolaus Parmasche, Eva Pfannes spoke on 23rd January 2019 to students and staff at the University of Siegen on the topic ‘Strategies for a holistic urban metabolism’. The lecture highlighted work in Brazil (Água Carioca, Água Paulista) and India (City of 1,000 Tanks) The lecture was part of the winter semester 2018/19 lecture series by the Department of Architecture, Art and Music.

@ bau(sch) & bogen, Department Architektur, Universität Siegen
Hakawati House of Arts and Culture
House in the City, City in the House
Before the appearance and the diffusion of cinemas and of mass media, the Hakawati was the main form of entertainment in Arabic-speaking countries and most notably in Lebanon. The Hakawati was a storyteller who thrilled his audience with a story. He was the spontaneous messenger moving throughout the city, a key-figure in stimulating social cohesion and in activating a public space for all.

The proposal for a House of Arts and Culture in Beirut recovers the role of the missing Hakawati and transforms the city into his stage. The organization of the building provides generous accessible public spaces. Its structure constantly deconstructs and reconstructs in order to relocate its diversified cultural program - such as exhibitions, concerts, screenings, performances, festivals, etc. - throughout the city. (Image: 
© Ooze)
Read more about 'Hakawati House of Arts and Culture' on our website
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