Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture 2017

MVRDV and research think-tank, The Why Factory, jointly developed interventions exploring future cities: The Future City is Wide: Products that will Change our Cities, (W)ego House and The Vertical Village. Alongside these installations is a presentation of The Next Hutong, a research project by MVRDV that reflects on the hutong’s developments over the last decades, and proposals for a better way to model its future.

 

Facts

Location: Shenzhen, China

 

Year: 2017

 

Programme & Size: Various

 

Budget: Undisclosed

 

About


This exhibition at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) presents a number of interventions within the section themed “Hybridity and Coexistence”, a major section dedicated to the analysis, research, explorations, relative exhibition and future imagination of urban villages. 

MVRDV and research think-tank, The Why Factory, jointly developed interventions exploring future cities: The Future City is Wide: Products that will Change our Cities, (W)ego House and The Vertical Village. Alongside these installations is a presentation of The Next Hutong, a research project by MVRDV that reflects on the hutong’s developments over the last decades, and proposals for a better way to model its future.

 

The Future City is Wide: Products that will Change our Cities is the result of over ten years of research by students of The Why Factory into future city products. How will these products change the world? What will it be like to live in an absolutely wonderful, infinite, fast, green, fun, biodiverse, compact, porous, (w)egoistic, and flexible world? What urban forms might appear? The products shown here in this film installation offer a wide range of answers to those questions with endless possibilities.

(W)ego House is an installation of several rooms made to fulfil idealistic but egoistic perspectives in a limited space. When confronted with the dreams of others, users must learn to negotiate with each other to optimise use of limited urban space. The (W)ego installation represents a window into the future of adaptable housing to the user’s needs. This vision allows the coexistence of multiple lifestyles in an optimized dense reality.

The Vertical Village: Individual, Informal, Intense envisions a new model for the development of Asian cities. MVRDV and The Why factory proposes The Vertical Village, a three-dimensional community intended to bring back personal autonomy, diversity, flexibility and neighbourhood life to cities in Asia.

The Next Hutong is based on the result of research on The Xianyukou Hutong, located next to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. As it awaits redevelopment, inhabitants have moved to other locations and it has been left almost entirely vacant. What to do with this unusual situation? Because of the hutong’s prominence in central Beijing, it is a highly visible project, and the moment when a decision is made requires a huge amount of responsibility. What should it become? This is a moment to reflect on the hutong developments over the last decades and to create a better model for the future, the next hutong.

CREDITS

Wego House
Research and concept design: The Why Factory
Definitive design and construction drawings: MVRDV


The Future City is Wide
Video Credits
Script: Winy Maas, Javier Arpa Design:Javier Arpa, Adrien Ravon, Lex te Loo, Chun Hoi Hui
Production: Javier Arpa, Adrien Ravon, Lex te Loo, Chun Hoi Hui
Acknowledgements: Ulf Hackauf, Félix Madrazo, Diana Ibáñez López, Stavros Gargaretas, Leo Stuckardt, Mick van Gemert, Lila Athanasiadou, Claudia Mainardi, and all students at the Why Factory in the last 10 years.


The Vertical Village
The Vertical Village exhibition has been conceived as a collaboration between MVRDV, The Why Factory- a global think tank and research institute run by MVRDV and Delft University of Technology, and the JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture, Taipei.

Winy Maas, Ulf Hackauf, Bas Kalmeyer (The Why Factory)
Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries, Jeroen Zuidgeest, Hui-Hsin Liao, Aser Giménez Ortega, Rory Hyde (MVRDV)

The students of the Studio “ Five Villages”, The Why Factory, 2010

Tutors: Winy Maas, Alexander Sverdlov
Studio Consultants: Ulf Hackauf, Felix Madrazo, Huip Plomb, Peter Mensinga
Educational Support: Annaik Deceuninck

Students:
The Lifestyle Reef: Eliot Rosenberg, Eduard Lepp, Sebastian Haufe
The Mikado Nests: Neslihan Parmaksizolu, Sijme van Jaarsveld, Timur Karimullin, Greta Kuustra
The Hanging Gardens: Alfred Ho, Christy Sze, Kuba Skalimowski
The Wraparound: Maarten Filius, Karel Van Der Kaaij
The Villas in The Bubbles: Rajiv Sewtahal, Riemer Postma, Yushang Zhang
Photography: Phosfor: Frans Parthesius

NAi Publishers, 2012



The Next Hutong
The Next Hutong Research has been conceived as a collaboration between MVRDV and Beijing Center For the Arts.

Design Team: Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries with Wenchian Shi, Kyosuk Lee, Ting Wen , Michael Zhang, Jaime Bálgoma, Saimon, Gomez Idiakez, Antonio Luca Coco, Matteo Artico, Carlo Cattó, Lukasz Brzozowski



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