Exhibitions & Events


Exhibitions and events are critical parts of the communicative approach of the agua carioca project. they provide a public platform for discussion and debate around the issues and proposed solution, as well as providing an opportunity to engage with local partners.


X-Week 2017

March 9-14 2017

We were delighted to be invited to participate in X-Week 2017, where we presented the work of Água Carioca to an international audience in Rio de Janeiro. The presentations were followed by a lively debate concerning the appropriate scale for water infrastructure and sanitation. Our participation challenged the idea of sewage needing to be hidden and underground, arguing that "it should be close to us so we understand how it works."

Following the lecture, Ooze hosted a visit to the exhibition and pilot at the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx.

X-week, from March 9 to 14, was hosted by Studio-X Rio as part of their six-year anniversary celebrations and organised in partnership with the Columbia Global Centers, the Museum of Tomorrow and the City of Rio de Janeiro. The events of the week focused on the topics of water and housing.

Eva Pfannes from Ooze Architects presents Água Carioca at X-Week 2017

Eva Pfannes from Ooze Architects presents Água Carioca at X-Week 2017



November 2016 - March 2017

The Água Carioca project investigates the integration of a decentralized and natural waste treatment system in the city of Rio de Janeiro in order to improve social and environmental conditions in neighborhoods remote from public infrastructure. It also questions the implementation of this system on a larger scale, addressing the surroundings of the Guanabara Bay.

In 2016, a pilot was constructed at the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx, to demonstrate how this system can be built at a small scale. The Sitio also hosts an exhibition explaining the process and detailing the four proposals which speculate how it could be implemented on a larger scale.

The exhibition, along with the prototype can be visited under schedule at Sitio Roberto Burle Marx from Saturday, November 5 2016. 


Consuado Geral dos Países Baixos / Creative Industries Funds NL / Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro / Sítio Roberto Burle-Marx / Studio-X Rio



November 2016 - March 2017

Since November 2016, Studio-X has hosted an exhibition of the construction process of the Água Carioca pilot. The exhibition gives a deep insight in to the process, as well as explaining the ideas behind the project in a video interview with Ooze Architects.


Consuado Geral dos Países Baixos / Creative Industries Funds NL / Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro / Sítio Roberto Burle-Marx / Studio-X Rio



10 April 2014

This exhibition showed intermediate results for four different neighbourhoods across the city: Mare, Morro do Salgueiro, Morro da Formiga, and Rio das Pedras. Each design speculates how Constructed Wetlands may look like when being implemented in distinct urban settings. 

The project has been carried out in close cooperation with inhabitants and received support of several non-governmental and governmental organizations.  Comments, questions and recommendations made by stakeholders are an integral part of the outcome. While maps and plans discuss physical potentialities and barriers, quotations of their remarks highlight institutional chances and challenges.

As part of the exhibition, a film showing and debate was held on 10th April 2014. 

Debate with:

Alexandre De Bonis, civil engineer, Coordinator of Water Resources at the Secretary of Environment at the Mayor¥s Office of Rio de Janeiro.

Carmen Lucia Roquette Pinto, chemist and research, aguape specialist

Helena de Almeida Rego, architect and urbanist, with a Masters in Urbanism at PROURB (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and Project Manager at Instituto Pereira Passos

Jose Miguel da Silva, student in Geography at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, is founder of the Baia Viva moviment and an activist for the de-contamination of Cidade dos Meninos in Duque de Caxias

Maria Angelica Maciel Costa, doctor in Urban Planning and Regional Planejamento at (IPPUR) and professor in the Tourism Course at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Otavio Cabrera de Leo, geographer, works at the Secretary of Environment of Rio de Janeiro and is Advisor on Sanitation Policy at INEA.

Moderators: Mario Campanella & Pedro Rivera



Read more about the design proposals

Films explaining Água Carioca and how it works