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Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi
Campo San Agnese, Dorsoduro, Venice

Organized By

Archinfo, The Dry Collective


Huussi – The urban solution

A somewhat childish birds-eye illustration of a city by the sea, with schematic drawing of piping on the side.

Together with The Dry Collective, creators of the Huussi exhibition at the Pavilion of Finland, Archinfo is organising a discussion on new urban-scale sanitation solutions. The event is part of the Pavilion Days programme and starts at 18:00 CET (19:00 Finnish time).

The Finnish pavilion's Huussi – Imagining the future history of sanitation exhibition questions the sanitary solution we take for granted, the flushing toilet, and asks whether today, when water shortage is a global problem, it is no longer justified to use 30 percent of our water to flush down excrement. Our prevailing sanitation system also wastes the nutrients contained in the waste, which could be used as fertiliser if properly treated.

The exhibition claims that alternative sanitation solutions exist. In Europe, there have already been several city-scale pilot projects of systems that consume significantly less water and recycle nutrients. One of these projects is Helsingborg's Oceanhamnen in Sweden.

In the discussion, the Helsingborg project is presented by Reco Lab's Amanda Haux, who explains the innovative infrastructure of the new ecological district. Among other things, Oceanhamnen uses a vacuum sanitary system, which consumes significantly less water than a conventional water toilet, and the Three Pipes Out sewage system that separates waste water.

Sudha Shrestha, manager of the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) portfolio in UN-Habitat’s Nepal Office, brings a global perspective to the discussion. By background, Shrestha is a sociologist advocating people centred WASH services approaches. Her keen efforts aim to contribute for governance that allows WASH service for all, everywhere, all the time leaving no one behind. She participates in the discussion remotely and comments on the perspectives highlighted by the Huussi exhibition and European city-scale experiments.

Curator of the Huussi exhibition, Arja Renell from The Dry Collective, gives an introduction to the theme and leads the discussion.

The evening continues with refreshments and Finimalize this! discussion (read more here). The mini-seminar ends around 20:30 (CET).

The venue, Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi in Dorsoduro, Venice, is a 15th-century Venetian palace acting as the seat of both the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Consulate in Venice. The event will also be streamed:

Link to the livestream

Read more about the Pavilion Days event