Winy Maas lecture at IAAC, Tuesday 25th of April, as part of the +MODEL activities in the framework of the MODEL Festival which will take place from 20th to 30th of April 2023 in Barcelona.
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.
“I advocate denser, greener, more attractive and liveable cities, with an approach to design that centres around user-defined, innovative, and sustainable ideas for the built environment, regardless of typology or scale.” – Winy Maas
Everything Becomes Bio
How could both architectural and urban design facilitate meaningful relationships between humans and other species, between buildings and nature? Join Winy Maas for his lecture “Everything becomes bio”, related 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 Tuesday, April 25th in his lecture. 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.
Winy 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.
IAAC Lecture Series – Winy MaasDate: Tuesday, 25th of April, 2023
Time: 19.30h (CEST)
Title: “Everything Becomes Bio”
Location: In-house at IAAC Main hall, C/ Pujades 102 & Zoom