At OOZE, we explore how our lives, cities and landscapes can be more in synchrony with nature. We investigate the human relationship to nature through spatial design, creating projects that open up new spaces of imagination.
Systems-thinking defines our approach and we continually look to uncover and understand connections. In every project, we reach out to integrate multiple disciplines and multiple perspectives, bringing together diverse expertise and stakeholders in a way that generates surprising and unexpected works that are embraced by all.
The following principles underpin everything we do:
Close the loop: turn linear flows into cycles
At OOZE we cannot not
think in cycles. As all resources on the planet are finite, we believe real sustainability can only be achieved through restoring the cyclical processes of nature. Our works seek to close these loops and integrate them concurrently with spatial, social, technical and economic aspects. The self-restorative power of nature often sits at the heart of our projects.
Make processes visible, beautiful and enjoyable
The systems we are faced with – water, climate, food or energy – are often too abstract to understand, meaning we lose a sense of our impact on the world around us. We therefore strive to find playful ways to reengage people, making otherwise invisible or overlooked relationships more tangible through space and design.
A fractal model of implementation
We believe that change is incremental. Our Urban Prototypes
develop new models of working - with natural processes, with architecture and with each other - which consequently shape and inform our higher level strategies. The demonstrative nature of our work, whether manifest in a structure or other tool such as a film, enables diverse actors to implement and test small steps, and move together towards a credible long-term vision.