ONA Fokushalle E7

Water WorksEva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg with Dirk Hebel

Water Works explores a paradigm shift in how water is integrated into our lives at the scale of our households, our neighbourhoods and our city. The lecture will compare water strategies for two similar-sized cities, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Chennai in India, and two realised urban prototypes in Essen, Germany and London, UK. All four cities have traditional centralised water management systems. These large-scale systems are often invisible, incomprehensible and vulnerable to failure. Instead, by collecting, treating and distributing (waste)water directly where it is produced, we can integrate natural water cycles into our everyday lives and make water tangible in the urban realm. Decentralised infrastructure not only builds resilience against floods, droughts and pollution but can also create beautiful green habitats and natural swimming pools.

OOZE (founded in 2003 by Eva Pfannes & Sylvain Hartenberg) is an international design practice based in Rotterdam, operating between the fields of art, architecture and urbanism. Their work explores how our lives and cities can be more synchronised with nature, and combines an elaborate understanding of natural, ecological processes with technological expertise and deep insights into socio-cultural behaviour. Their work has been realised, exhibited and recognised worldwide, winning the Dutch Basis Prix de Rome for Architecture in 2006, and in 2017 the UK Landscape Institute Award for best ‘Design for a Temporary Landscape’. Their ongoing project “Água Carioca” in Rio de Janeiro has been exhibited at Studio-X in Rio de Janeiro and the Sao Paulo Architecture Biennial (2017), and is the recipient of the Lafarge Holcim Awards Bronze 2017 for Latin America. They have been tutors at Eindhoven Design Academy and in 2015 Practitioners in Residence at Central St Martins, London. Ooze is currently working on the Water as Leverage program of the Dutch Government and 100 Resilient Cities in Chennai, India and is developing a strategy for the Dutch countryside as part of the Board of Government Advisors initiative Bread and Games.