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Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 3 May 2018
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 120 mins

In this lecture, Winy Maas talks about the recent works of his architectural firm, MVRDV, and about the project '(W)ego' at the research institute The Why Factory. The Why Factory is a think tank that MVRDV runs in collaboration with Delft University of Technology, which visualises scenarios and models of the future city. 

Among other themes, Winy will discuss the value of the iconic and the copy-paste generation, as well as urban planning methods and software that enable our cities to develop towards a better future.

Professor Winy Maas Ir. Ing. FRIBA HAIA (b.1959, Schijndel, NL) is one of the founding directors of globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV. The office was founded in 1993 along with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. Winy Maas is also the director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city he founded at TU Delft in 2008, where he also a Professor.

Image: W(E)go at Dutch Design Week by MVRDV and think tank The Why Factory. Image credit: Ossip van Duivenbode for MVRDV

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