MVRDV - Winy Maas to address the future city and its 'biodivercity' at the University of Pennsylvania

Winy Maas to address the future city and its 'biodivercity' at the University of Pennsylvania


How could both architectural and urban design facilitate meaningful relationships between humans and other species, between buildings and nature? Join Winy Maas on March 29 at the University of Pennsylvania for his lecture Everything becomes bio, in relationship to the future of cities. 

Given the global climate crisis and the specific role of architects in constructing infrastructures that shape society, the discipline of architecture must tackle and consider current societal challenges in a variety of ways. Could 'green' ideology, as we know it solve this complex situation? Winy Maas will take on this question Wednesday March 29 in a lecture at the Department of Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania. Using researches by The Why Factory and examples from MVRDV 's portfolio, he will demonstrate the opportunities architecture can create in changing behaviours by creating meaningful relationships between humans - cities and the rest of the ecosystem - biodiversity. 

The ‘M’ of MVRDV, Founding Partner and Principal Architect Winy Maas (Schijndel, NL - 1959), has received international acclaim for his broad range of urban planning and building projects, across all typologies and scales. These are often self-generated, innovative, experimental, and theoretical. Driven by this dedication to green, user-defined, sustainable cities and spaces, Maas’ leadership drives many of the office’s award-winning projects, amongst them Rotterdam’s Markthal (2014), Crystal Houses (2016) the Tianjin Binhai Library (2017), Valley (2022) and the first publicly accessible art depot in the world, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, which opened its doors in Rotterdam end of 2021. In Maas’ broad portfolio are also several masterplans, including a vision for the future of Greater Paris, the Left Bank in Bordeaux, and the waterfront of Oslo. Maas supervised the world horticultural exhibition Floriade 2022 and Eindhoven city centre from 2017 until 2022. Maas challenges colleagues, clients, as well as students and collaborators at TU Delft’s The Why Factory – an internationally engaged think tank Maas established in 2008 – to challenge the boundaries of established standards to produce solutions that reimagine how we live, work, and play. Aside from his dedicated leadership role at MVRDV and professorship at TU Delft and elsewhere, Maas is widely published, actively engaged in the advancement of the design profession, and sits on numerous boards and juries, including the Spatial Quality Boards of Rotterdam, Eindhoven, and Barcelona.

  • Date & time : March 29 – 18.30 (GMT-4).
  • Location : University of Pennsylvania - Department of Architecture. 02 Meyerson Hall, 210 S 34th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States.
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