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January 2018
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King's Cross Pond wins 'Best design for a Temporary Landscape' at UK awards
At the recent 2017 Landscape Institute Awards in London, we were very pleased to receive overall winner in the 'Design for a Temporary Landscape' category for the King's Cross Pond Club.

The much loved Pond Club was the first public freshwater bathing pond in the UK, open for two swimming seasons in 2015-2016. Located a stone's throw from King's Cross Rail Station in London and occupying a temporary site in the midst of one of the largest construction sites in London, it created a micro-ecological environment with a natural swimming pond at its centre.

Conceived as a public art project, together with Marjetica Potrč, it was commissioned by King’s Cross Central Partnership as part of the ‘Relay Art Programme’ and delivered by B│D Landscape Architects. The judges said ‘This scheme set an innovative precedent for how public swimming pools could be conceived and delivered’. We'd also like to congratulate our collaborators B│D Landscape Architects whose projects 'Lovedon Fields' and 'The Milkshake Tree' were both also recognised.

The Landscape Institute Awards are UK-wide, recognising individuals and organisations whose vision leads the way in creating innovative and dynamic landscape.
'Letters to the Mayor - Rotterdam' opens this Friday

Ooze was one of a select group of local and international architects invited to write a letter to the Mayor of Rotterdam as part of this exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut, in collaboration with Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Participants were asked to raise questions and contribute their thoughts on the political dimensions and decisions driving the making of cities and territories.

Letters to the Mayor will be launched this Friday 12 January, in the presence of the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, and will be on show until 11 February 2018. To join us at the opening, get your (free) ticket here.

OPENING: Friday 12 January 2018 / 16:30 - 19:00 / Het Nieuwe Instituut / Museumpark 25, 3015 CB Rotterdam / NL
'Embrace our Rivers' exhibition opens in Chennai

An exhibition about the proposed public art project 'Embrace our Rivers' - initiated and supported by the Goethe Institut and curated by Florian Matzner and Ravi Agarwal - will open at the Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Art) in Chennai on Friday 2nd February. It will display proposals from the group of artists who have worked on this project, including  'Lake 301: A Lake in a River' by Ooze and Marjetica Potrč.

The exhibition intends to raise awareness of the River as Public Space, and the importance of artists' contribution towards its future. It aims to ignite a public discussion about river, ecology, public space and art.

Friday, 2nd February 2018 - Sunday March 4th 2018 / Lalit Kala Akademi / Chennai / India
Participation in São Paulo Biennial leads to new collaborations
Clockwise, from top left: Água Carioca on display at the São Paulo Biennial, as part of the exhibition 'Utilidade Pública' (Public Utility) in Vila Itororó (credit: Flagrante); The graffiti wall, created together with local children in Sapé (credit: Ooze); Children plant water purification plants in their neighbourhood, led by biologist Maitê Pinheiro (credit: SilvaDiCampana Photo Collective); Representatives from Sabesp, São Paulo State Government and University of São Paulo among others, discuss the challenges and possibilities in the decision makers workshop (credit: Ooze).
As part of the 11th São Paulo Architecture Biennial 2017, Ooze was invited to develop Água Paulista, a project investigating the potential for local, closed-loop water cycles, using rainwater collection, natural wastewater treatment and water recycling, in the city.

With support from state water company Sabesp and Creative Industries Fund NL, Ooze set up a programme to engage with local communities and experts, and developed ‘provocative’ designs to stimulate discussion. Three events were held in December 2017 in São Paulo – 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.

Enthusiasm for the potential of Água Paulista was high among the community as well as other stakeholders. Working with Sabesp and the municipality, Ooze is now seeking a location and funding for a pilot project.

Água Paulista builds on the knowledge from award-winning project Água Carioca. Both propose to fundamentally turn around how we deal with waste water 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 reused directly where it is produced, creating beautiful public spaces and a closer connection with water.
Bristol, UK
'The Hopscotch Project’ at Two Mile Hill Primary School in Bristol redesigns and re-naturalises the school’s open public space: the woodland, or forest area, and the playground area. Taking the children’s game hopscotch as its conceptual framework, the space becomes a tool whereby children learn how to negotiate shared space and care for resources in the forest area; at the same time, they learn about coexistence and, quite literally, participatory democracy in the Children’s Parliament.

A project by Ooze and Marjetica Potrč, the school is currently working to make the space a reality and hopes to complete the first phase by summer 2018.
Read more about the Hopscotch project on our website
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