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June 2018
Mezzanine structure for atelier LUMA takes shape during LUMA days
Top: On top of the mezzanine in the Mécanique during LUMA days; Bottom left: Render of the space with completed structure; Bottom right: Render looking in to the wood and steel workshop 
© Ooze).
The mezzanine structure is the first phase of a larger structure we have designed to facilitate the activities of atelier LUMA, a collaborative production workshop in Arles, France. Housed in the Mécanique Générale, it provides a spectrum of spaces, encouraging involvement of the public as well as collaboration and community building among the makers.The structure houses a series of workshops allowing designers to have access to the specialist spaces they need, as well as providing display and storage elements to communicate the production to the general public.

Ooze were in Arles to participate in LUMA days, a yearly forum of art and ideas, with public events, conferences, professional workshops, displays and art installations. It brings together local and international experts, scientists, artists, thinkers, activists and the general public to discuss topical issue. The central theme this year was Hospitality: Searching for Common Ground.
Bringing a new type of living to Brazil

Eco Vila is an exciting project in Espírito Santo, Brazil. Inspired by our work incorporating natural cycles in to urban spaces, our client approached us to develop the urban plan and architectural design for a hillside plot, in the south east of the country. This community of 'eco-villas' will close resource loops locally, generating energy onsite and treating and recycling waste water with a natural filtration system. The design will also facilitate social interaction and community building. Following site visits, we are now developing plans to be submitted to the municipality. (Image: © Florian Fournier)
Milan Design week and atelier LUMA host conversation with Ooze

As part of Milan Design Week 2018 and hosted by atelier LUMA, we took part in a public conversation with Lukas Wegwerth of III+1, Federico Martelli of design collective Cookies, Daniel Bell of atelier LUMA and Nathan Clark of WeWork. What is the atelier LUMA workshop in the context of a cultural institution? From our perspective as architects of atelier LUMA, we shared our reflections on how an architectural framework can be created which unites display, storage, working and production and becomes a tool to organise. (Image: © Henriette Waal)
Creative Industries Fund NL film highlights Ooze as leading example

For their 2017 annual review, the Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie) selected Ooze as 1 of 6 grant recipients to be featured, resulting in a short film about our work. The film focuses on our projects Água Carioca and Água Paulista, which have been supported by the fund.

You can watch the film here. The rest of the Stimuleringsfonds annual review can be found online.
An evening of discussion at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin

As part of the VOLKSWAGEN ART 4 ALL programme, the museum hosted Marjetica Potrč in conversation with Ooze, to explore our shared interest in informal cities and the intersection of art, architecture and public space.

The lively discussion explored questions around self-reliance and adaptability on a neighbourhood scale, stigmatisation and identity in informal communities and their relationship with the formal city and vice versa. It was organised by curator Natalie Keppler. (Image: 
© Anita Back)
ArchDaily Brazil publish write up of Água Paulista

Following our participation in the 11th São Paulo Architecture Biennial, ArchDaily Brazil published an article giving an overview of our work with the community and other stakeholders in the city. It focuses on the three events held in December 2017 - a community workshop which created a graffiti map exploring closed-loop water cycles in the neighbourhood of Sapé, a decision makers workshop to interrogate implementation and management, and a lecture to provide a forum for public reflection and debate.

Ooze and Marjetica Potrč design living bridge in the city of Zurich

Our project, "Die Leutschenbachinsel" proposed a green bridge, spanning the Leutschenbach and creating a public space to highlight the green corridor along the creek and bind the residential development together. The bridge, with its recessed spaces, offered the sensory experience of flowing water to people crossing it, and provided a place to experience a heightened awareness of living with nature in the city.

This project was prepared in collaboration with Marjetica Potrč, as one of five artists invited to participate in the Kunst am Bau competition by the city of Zurich, which focussed on the Leutschenbach housing estate. (Image: © Ooze)
atelier LUMA masterclass 'Living with Rising Water' invite Ooze to share expertise

Alongside other visiting experts and tutors, such as Kunlé Adeyeni (NLÉ) and Paolo Cascone (CODESIGNLAB), Ooze shared their knowledge and experience of integrating water in architecture and public space with a group of selected students.

Participating institutions were the National School of Architecture of Montpellier (ENSAM), ENSA Marseille, MEF University Faculty of Arts Design and Architecture (Istanbul), Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the African Fabbers Project. The masterclass took place from March 23 to 28 at the Parc des Ateliers in Arles. (Image: © Ooze)
New visualisations for Água Carioca
Clockwise, from top left: CIEP School, Mare; Salgueiro; Morro da Formiga; Rio das Pedras (© Ooze, image by IMG+).
We're pleased to share with you a number of new images which bring the Água Carioca project to life. These visualisations help to illustrate the impact the Água Carioca system would have in the neighbourhood, addressing environmental and sanitation issues, whilst adding new, attractive public space.
Otaniemi is Us!
Aalto University Central Campus, Helsinki, Finland
'Otaniemi is Us!’ was our prize winning design for the extension of the Aalto University Campus in Helsinki, Finland.

The design was a response to the site's current landscape and conditions by bringing nature from it's own proximity into the centre. The planes of Laajalahti Bay and that of the existing site come together and overlap, and where they meet, a central square starts to grow, propagating programs from its perimeter towards the existing adjacent buildings. The project creates an agora: a place where students, teachers, scientists and the public can come together with a common purpose to engage with and learn from one another. (Image: 
© Ooze)
Read more about 'Otaniemi is Us!' on our website
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