Água Carioca is founded upon four design proposals (and one city vision), on scales ranging from one school building to a whole city district in four distinct favelas in the city: two in the flat lands and two on mountain slopes. In conjunction, the designs demonstrate the flexibility of the proposed system and therefore its potentiality for adaptive, long-term strategies. The results were documented in a film and exhibited at Studio-X in Rio de Janeiro in spring 2014.
Our solution for water management looks at implementation and integration of these systems into various urban situations across Rio in coordination with local spatial, ecological, cultural and social conditions. These systems are designed to work independently from complex, large scale water management systems. Água Carioca uses a fractal structure to approach the implementation of sustainable sanitation: from our body to a house, a community to the whole of Guanabara Bay.