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Porous City in Cannes at MIPIM Innovation Forum 12-15 March 2013

 
January 31st, 2013 by Sanjay Gangal
At MIPIM’s first edition of the Innovation Forum, March 12-15th, MVRDV and The Why Factory (T?F) present their ongoing research on the design of skyscrapers and the potential of porosity as a European approach to urban density. The results are presented as scale models made of LEGO bricks, recently exhibited at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale and at Business of Design Week Hong Kong. The exhibition is combined with a lecture on urban design by Winy Maas on Wednesday, 13th of March at 10:00am. 

Porous City  All Images by Frans Parthesius


 
MIPIM is launching the MIPIM Innovation Forum, a meeting place for sharing ideas and debate for everyone involved in building tomorrow’s cities. This exclusive MIPIM program puts buildings and users at the heart of this industry conversation in order to highlight the entire range of innovative solutions to maximize the value of property portfolios. Additionally, the MIPIM Innovation Forum will feature the “Porous City – Open the tower” exhibition earlier presented at last year’s Venice Biennale.

Students of The Why Factory have built and developed the towers


 
“Porous City – Open the tower” uses Lego towers to explore futuristic concepts of urban design imagined by The Why Factory, a research institute for the city of the future. Nine three-metre high skyscrapers will rise up during the four days of the show, acting as visual support to debates on the new processes and the role of research in Europe’s urban future.

Main question of Porous City: whether there is a European alternative to the skyscraper typology


 
The exhibition of nine large towers at MIPIM in Cannes represents the outcome of the earlier design studio “Eurohigh” at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, a collaborative project by T?F and KRADS.Porous City has been generously supported by LEGO Group, Denmark. The exhibition is combined with a lecture on urban design by Winy Maas on Wednesday, 13th of March at 10:00am.

Detail of a Porous City Tower


 
TWITTER MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV engages globally in providing solutions to contemporary architectural and urban issues. A research based and highly collaborative design method engages experts from all fields, clients and stakeholders in the creative process. The results are exemplary and outspoken buildings, urban plans, studies and objects, which enable our cities and landscapes to develop towards a better future.Early projects such as the headquarters for the Dutch Public Broadcaster VPRO and housing for elderly WoZoCo in Amsterdam lead to international acclaim.MVRDV develops its work in a conceptual way, the changing condition is visualised and discussed through designs, sometimes literally through the design and construction of a diagram. The office continues to pursue its fascination and methodical research on density using a method of shaping space through complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary building and design processes.

MVRDV first published a cross section of these study results in FARMAX (1998), followed by a.o. MetaCity/Datatown (1999), Costa Iberica (2000), Regionmaker (2002), 5 Minutes City (2003), KM3 (2005), and more recently Spacefighter (2007) and Skycar City (2007). MVRDV deals with global ecological issues in large scale studies such as Pig City as well as in small pragmatic solutions for devastated areas of New Orleans.

Current projects include various housing projects in the Netherlands, Spain, China, France, the United Kingdom, USA, India, Korea and other countries, a bank headquarter in Oslo, Norway, a public library for Spijkenisse , Netherlands, a central market hall for Rotterdam, a culture plaza in Nanjing, China, large scale urban plans include a plan for an eco-city in Logroño, Spain, an urban vision for Oslo or the doubling in size of Almere, Netherlands and Grand Paris, the vision of a post-Kyoto Greater Paris region.

The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published world wide and receives international awards. The 75 architects, designers and staff members conceive projects in a multi-disciplinary collaborative design process and apply highest technological and sustainable standards.

Together with Delft University of Technology MVRDV runs The Why Factory, an independent think tank and research institute providing argument for architecture and urbanism by envisioning the city of the future.

For information please contact public relations at MVRDV, Jan Knikker / Isabel Pagel +31 10 477 2860 or pr@mvrdv.nl www.mvrdv.nl

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