Studio Visits is a series of evenings dedicated to contemporary architectural practice, its challenges and its possibilities. This evening, MVRDV invites professionals, students and the broader public to cross the threshold, take a peek into the architect’s workplace and join the conversation.
MVRDV was founded in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. The organization now numbers 200 architects, designers, urban planners and service staff who develop projects through a multi-disciplinary, iterative, and collaborative design process involving rigorous technical, creative and innovative investigation.
This approach has resulted in a range of building types, urban plans and conceptual visions, and extends to research, publications, and exhibitions. Built projects include Villa VPRO, redefining the work space for a public-broadcasting network, the stacked Dutch landscapes of the Netherlands Pavilion for the World EXPO 2000 in Hannover, and Rotterdam Markthal.
Working, playing, living – MVRDV wants to revolutionize every aspect of human life. Its portfolio ranges from objects to social and high-end housing; boutiques and large-scale retail; offices and business parks; urban parks and landscapes; and follies, museums, libraries and performing art centres. MVRDV is also working on large-scale urban masterplans in Glasgow, Bordeaux, Caen and Oslo. Larger scale visions are ongoing concerning the future of Greater Paris and the Dutch new town Almere, which is scheduled to double in size by 2030.
Based in Rotterdam and with offices in Shanghai and Paris, the practice’s design methodologies are collaborative and research-driven, involving clients, stakeholders and experts from interdisciplinary fields throughout the creative process.
Hosted and curated by an architectural studio in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut, each evening will be organized around a tour, a presentation, an open conversation and a celebration. The gathering will serve as a catalyst for debate and architectural discourse; for strategizing urban policies and actions; for collaboration, forms of solidarity, and friendship as well as competition; and for - why not? - architectural gossip. Studio Visits is also a space in which to reformulate the social position of the architect in a fundamentally changed field of influence, by collectively exploring possible roles and responsibilities.
This first series of visits will be hosted by studios with diverse spatial configurations, forms of practice and portfolios, including Powerhouse Company, Casanova+Hernandez, Lilith Ronner van Hooijdonk and LOLA Landscape Architects.
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