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September 2018
Ooze-led consortium wins bid for 'Water as Leverage' programme in Chennai
City of 1,000 Tanks, a vision (credits: © Ooze)
The programme - an initiative of Dutch Water Envoy Henk Ovink and the Dutch Government, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities among others - has selected 6 international teams to develop ground-breaking, innovative approaches to tackle climate and water challenges in three major Asian cities. The AIIB and FMO banks will help to identify projects, support their development and facilitate their implementation.

The winning proposal from the Ooze team - City of 1,000 Tanks - offers a holistic solution  to the causes of floods, water scarcity and pollution in Chennai, India, by means of a blue-green infrastructure of (temple) tanks and cleansing channels. Building upon interconnected art and pilot projects, the city is transformed, incrementally, into a dynamic seasonal landscape.

Over the coming months, along with our team (Madras TerraceGoethe InstitutRamakrishnan VenkateshVanessa PeterIHE DelftRain CentreCare Earth TrustPapermanPitchandikulam Forest ConsultantsIIT MadrasTU Delft - UrbanismHKV consultants), we will work with local stakeholders, including in a series of city and regional workshops, to further develop our designs and proposals.

> Read official press release here
SMAAKSTAAT wins College van Rijksadviseurs 'Brood en Spelen' competition
Left: Creating a growing network between farmers, consumers and cultural institutions; Right: Conceptual design for the first 'SMAAKHAVEN' (credits: © Ooze, Vincent Wittenberg & Bennie Meek)
SMAAKSTAAT (State of Taste) is a comprehensive concept focused on cultural change, creating a new, living culture of taste. The programme supports specialist farmers, linking them with cultural institutions and their visitors in cities, as well as to consumers and the next generation of young entrepreneurs.  It is a critique of the current ‘state’ of our food culture. By linking to cultural institutions, the programme raises questions of what we value in society and what constitutes culture.

We are already developing the proposal as part of the second phase of the competition, along with partners such as Wageningen University, the province of Noord Brabant and the Groen Ontwikkelfonds Brabant. SMAAKSTAAT is developed in collaboration with Bennie Meek, Vincent Wittenberg, farmer Geert van de Kaa of vof De Walnoothoeve(n) curator Valentijn Byvanck from the Marres Museum in Maastricht and Joris Bijdendijk, executive chef of RIJKS, the restaurant of the Rijksmuseum.
Artwork for Albano University Campus, Stockholm enters design phase
Sketch of proposal (credits: © Ooze)
'Future Island' is a micro-ecosystem, a biotope of plants and animals that will constantly adapt to slowly changing conditions in the next 100 years. The island is divided in to a cold and a warm zone, heated by sewage pipes from the campus. The slow evolution of the island’s landscape, as well as the slowly changing but active frontier, where the zones meet at the latitude 59°21’20.32”N, alludes to the age of the Anthropocene, when human activity is the dominant influence on the climate and environment.

Future Island is a public art project developed by Ooze (Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg) and Marjetica Potrč, commissioned by the Public Art Agency Sweden for Akademiska Hus and Svenksa Bostäder, in consultation with Nivå Landscape Architecture and a team of experts and advisers for the flora and the fauna of the island. We expect to submit final plans and details in January 2019.
Lecture at BULB symposium explores access to water as a common right

This Friday, Eva Pfannes will be one of three international experts contributing to a one-day symposium as part of the Brussels Urban Landscape Biennial (BULB). Lectures, followed by discussions and workshops with members of the Belgian university research community, will focus on issues relating to urban waterscapes in the Brussels region and beyond. The symposium is moderated by Joachim Declerck from AWB. (Image: © Alexis Jacob & Nicolas Storck via BOZAR)

Friday 21st September 2018
08:30 - 17:00
@ BOZAR/ Palais des Beaux-Arts

Horta Hall
rue Ravenstein 23

Get tickets here
Ooze exhibition and lecture as part of 'Water Futures' at A/D/O New York

Our contribution will consider how cities can live with water, by incorporating cycles of water collection, distribution and treatment at a local scale. It compares three cities across the world of similar size: Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Chennai in India and New York City in the USA. The exhibition presents fractal solutions, working across multiple scales and relating the human body to the territory. The Water Futures programme is curated by Jane Withers. (Image: © Ooze)

October 9th - November 9th 2018
Check website for opening times
@ A/D/O
29 Norman Avenue
NEW YORK 11222
Lecture at ETH Zürich on the political economy of architecture and territory

On the invitation of Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil and Prof. Milica Topalović (ETH Zürich), Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg will be in conversation with Dirk Hebel as part of the Sessions on Territory series. Focusing on how the epoch of the Anthropocene reframes our conceptions of the urban and shapes new ecologies, the seminar’s objective is to unravel contemporary forces at work in the formation of the built and natural environment, and, as importantly, to spur debates that challenge the status quo. (Image: © ETH Zürich)

Monday 19th November 2018
16:00 - 18:00
@ ONA Focushalle E7, ETH Zurich

Neunbrunnenstr. 50
8050 ZÜRICH (Oerlikon)
Ooze and Marjetica Potrč to discuss role of art in public space

This November in Berlin, we will be giving a keynote talk at the International Association of Corporate Collections  of Contemporary Art (IACCCA) 2018 Symposium. We will share our practical experience of delivering site-specific commissions, analysing key aspects and primary conditions for improving and assuring the pertinence of art projects in public space. The symposium will be open to professionals and participation will be free of charge. (Image: © IACCCA)

Tuesday 27th November 2018
09:00 - 17:30
@ Deutsche Bank contemporary art space
Forest Life
A mixed-use sustainable neighbourhood for Hyderabad, India
'Forest Life' is a mixed residential and commercial project located in Gundala, 35 km south of Hyderabad city centre, India. The aim was to create an eco-community with different individual villa typologies located within the existing forest, next to a much denser mixed use development with residential towers and a commercial plinth with shops, leisure activities and offices located along the main road leaving Hyderabad towards the south. A communal sport / cultural centre and a temple were also located amongst the Villas and the Forest.

The design focuses on the integration of the existing natural landscape, the slope and the forest with the built environment. The typologies of the villas are based on the idea of a natural living in symbiosis with nature. The garden is experienced as an extension of the living room. Patios and balconies include nature within the lived in environment. The boundaries between outside and inside are intentionally blurred. (Image: 
© Ooze)
Read more about 'Forest Life' on our website
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