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OOZE

Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Founded by Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg in 2003, OOZE is based in Rotterdam, and works internationally for municipalities, property developers, arts and cultural institutions and private clients. They develope innovative projects that solve complex current needs, whilst exploring alternative futures.

OOZE works across scales, from temporary art works to regional urban strategies, combining an elaborate understanding of natural, ecological processes, with technological expertise and deep insights in to the social-cultural behaviour of users of the built environment. The cyclic closed-loop processes found in nature are the foundation for each intervention and integrate the human scale within a comprehensive vision. Each project, whether an art installation, building, public space or urban strategy aims to create experience and drive change. The thinking of teh OOZE is always holistic and strategic, generating out of the box ideas and surprising solutions to persistent and complex spatial problems. The collaborative and open-minded approach use design to bring together stakeholders from top down and bottom-up, encouraging the co-evolution of ideas.

The work of OOZE has been realised across the world and has been exhibited, among others, at the Venice Biennial (2012), Studio-X in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014 and 2017) and the Sitio Roberto Burle Marx (2017). OOZE is publishedregularly in magazines and journals such as The Guardian, Monocle, Domus, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui and the Architects’ Journal. OOZE has received several awards, including the prestigious Dutch Basis Prix de Rome for Architecture in 2006 (Land of Beacons), the LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2017 Latin America (Água Carioca) and the 2017 Landscape Institute Award in the UK for best 'Design for a Temporary Landscape' (King's Cross Pond Club).

Sylvain Hartenberg (* 1968 Paris, France) studied in Strasbourg at the ENSAIS and in London at the Bartlett with prof. Peter Cook. He worked in Paris for Architecture Studio and in London for Terry Farell and Sheppard Robson. He has been a guest critic at the Bartlett, AA, and North London Polytechnic. In 2015 he was Practitioner in Residence at Central Saint Martins - UAL- University of the Arts London.

Eva Pfannes (* 1970 Würzburg, Germany) had several years in practice with Maxwan, Rotterdam (1997-2001), Zaha Hadid in London (2001-2002) and Studio Makkink Bey. She studied at the Stuttgart State Academy for Art and Design and at The Bartlett School of Architecture - UCL in London. She was tutor and guest critic at the North London Polytechnic, the Art Academy in Stuttgart, and taught Public Space at the Eindhoven Design Academy (NL). In 2015 she was Practitioner in Residence at Central Saint Martins - UAL- University of the Arts London and in 2018 served on the jury for the Rotterdam Architecture Prize.

Rotterdam, Netherlands
IanB, November 21st, 2021