Fall 2013 Public Lecture Series – Winy Maas

Fall 2013 Public Lecture Series – Winy Maas
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Speaker: WINY MAAS

Lecture Title: Hong Kong Fantasies 2

About the Speaker:20130919 Winy Maas
Winy Maas. Prof. Ir. Ing FRIBA HAIA (1959, Schijndel, The Netherlands) is one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands, known for projects such as the Expo 2000 and the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit. He is furthermore professor at and director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city, he founded in 2008 at TU Delft. Since 2012 he is Visiting Professor at ETH Zurich, before this he was among others Professor at Berlage Institute, MIT, Ohio State and Yale University. In addition he designs stage sets, objects and was curator of Indesem 2007. He curates exhibitions, lectures throughout the world and takes part in international juries.
Recently Winy Maas joined the Economic Development Board of Rotterdam (EDBR). In 2012 he was appointed urban supervisor for the city of Almere and since 2003 he has been supervising the Bjorvika urban development in Oslo. With both MVRDV and The Why Factory he has published a series of research projects.

Lecture Synopsis:
Amongst other topics the lecture Hong Kong Fantasies 2 will relate to the studio that The Why Factory currently is heading at the Hong Kong University (HKU), in collaboration with the HKU. The studio titled HK Tower Revolution wants to test the current Hong Kong housing regulations and explore new indicators that could improve current Hong Kong housing. This studio is a continuation of an earlier studio from The Why Factory run at the Technical University Delft titled Porous City. Porous City is a part of a study on the evolution of the skyscraper in the Asian context.  An ongoing research that re-thinks the design of skyscrapers and the potential of porosity as a European approach to urban density.

MVRDV and the independent think tank The Why Factory at Delft University of Technology work on the practical and theoretical side of progressive scenarios for the future of the city. MVRDV through architecture and urbanism and The Why Factory through visionary research, directed towards analysis and solution of global issues.


Additional Information:

CPD Credit Hours and AIA CES Learning Unit Hours are offered to members of the HKIA and the AIA.

This lecture is open to the general public.

The Fall 2013 Public Lecture Series are co-sponsored by “Ronald Lu & Partners (HK) Ltd.” & “Woo, Chow, Wong & Partners (HK) Ltd.” visiting lectureship in architecture.