MEDWAYCAP travelling exhibition: from Syracuse, Italy to the Mediterranean, telling the good practices of 'non-conventional water’


An exhibition, designed to travel and tell the story of proposals on the management of "Non-Conventional Water Resources". It is the "MEDWAYCAP exhibition", previewed in Syracuse and soon to be hosted by the Medwaycap project partner countries, starting with Tunisia in February 2023.

The heart of the exhibition is a collection of case studies and methodologies on the reuse of treated wastewater. Thirteen projects told through an original and sustainable apparatus.
In fact, the main objective of the exhibition is to facilitate access to and the promotion of good practices in unconventional forms, taking care of the user experience. 

The exhibition includes first of all six exhibition modules organized in four categories ("Info", "Media", "Models", "Senses") contained in as many large boxes, wooden boxes, easy to recognize, to assemble and disassemble and suitable for transport. Each of the six boxes has a function: three are a support for the project models, one constitutes the base where content is projected through screens and images, one bears the introductory information, and the last is a "sensorial" box.
The boxes are accompanied by 10 free-standing displays, which house posters with the proposals and case studies of the various partners. The exhibition is completed with 8 stools and a circular carpet, also offering a welcoming dimension to visitors.
The 'Senses' module is the most particular, as it aims to offer the experience of water also as well-being through the senses. In particular, touch is entrusted to a smooth, undulating chestnut surface, hearing to water sounds that change according to the touch, sight to a video that also changes according to the touch, while for taste and smell, each guest is offered a hot drink.

Imagining that the exhibition would cross different geographies, cultures and languages, "a more iconic, visual, color-based communication was used to allow a more transversal fruition, so that the contents would be more accessible", as Marco Terranova, architect and craftsman, designer who coordinated the realization of the exhibition (, explains.

The entire exhibition is sustainable in every detail. Everything is made of wood with natural finishes based on vegetable oils. The displays, designed to take the exhibition around the world, are durable and made of FSC-certified solid wood. The interior upholstery was made from cork, while the accessories and plastic inserts were made from corn bioplastic using 3D printers. "In a word, the whole set-up is compostable," explains Concetto Vecchio of OKU (, the company that took care of the concrete realization of the exhibition. It consists of almost 4 cubic meters of wood, the use of which will be offset by planting 50 trees. The iron parts are also treated with natural paint.

The whole thing is extremely functional: when the exhibition is dismantled, all the contents fit into boxes that can be transported easily. The closed wooden boxes are in fact the containers for all the elements of each individual module, ready to be shipped. When they are opened, they become an integral part of the exhibition modules, the main element of recognition and the support surface for scale models and information material.

After Italy, the traveling exhibition will first pass-through Tunisia and Jordan. It will be shipped from nation to nation and those who receive it will be able to assemble and dismantle it with ease.

For more information it possible to contact the EuroMediterranean Center for the Sustainable development – SVI.MED. – MEDWACAP partner in charge of the draft and realization of the exhibition, writing to   

In Italy the exhibition has already been visited by students and to find out what they think, here is their opinion in a short video clip.