For our MSc program in Delft, we offer two new studios in spring 2014: an MSc2 studio on 3D Nature and a graduation studio with the title Superkampung revisited. Both studios will build up on earlier projects. The enrollment period for the spring semester will start on 25 November and run until 6 December 2013.
The Why Factory proudly presents its new website! Our new site gives a comprehensive overview on all the material, which we produced in the last years. You can browse through all the past studios and workshops, get an overview on our publications and keep updated on our current and upcoming activities. Don’t miss the video section! We start our new website with an overview of our current and most recent activities. More material from our archives will be added in the coming weeks. We will to keep this site updated regularly, so please come back to have a look!
The Actualities workshop started with two topics in this semester: Willow House on growing architecture and Fast Forward/Rewind as the most recent part of the Copy Paste project.
The new print run of the Green Dream will soon be available for sale. The second book of the Why Factory, which was published in 2010, had been out of print for a while. Now NAi publishers are preparing on this book on sustainability and how it plays out in the future city.
On Thursday, 3 October 2013, the 7th international conference of the association of architecture schools of Australasia opens with a keynote speech of Ulf Hackauf on The Why Factory Method.
This fall, the Why Factory starts parallel studios in Delft and at the Hong Kong University of Technology. At the HKU, ‘Tower Revolution’ will challenge todays high rise building in Hong Kong. In Delft, two new studios will be running parallel: Transformer Installations and 3D Nature.
Under the title ‘The Vertical Village – Individual, Informal, Intense Taipei’ the exhibition explores the rapid urban transformation of East Asia, the qualities of urban villages, and the potential to develop much denser, vertical settlements as a radical alternative to the identical block-like architecture of standardised units and their consequences for city life. The exhibition, which itself is designed as an urban village, consists of analytical research, various documentaries and animations, two software tools for urban development, and a scale model of a possible Vertical Village developed by MVRDV. Visitors can design their ideal house and compose their own Vertical Village with the parametric software packages.
The Why Factory has been invited to present the PorousCity LEGO skyscrapers at the leading Real Estate event for property professionals (MIPIM) this March in Cannes, France. The event will take place from 12-15 March 2013.
On 5-15 March 2013 T?F showed the results of the Msc1/2 studio research on applications of porosity to urbanism. The exhibition was followed by a debate on the implications and benefits of a porous structure for the city. With Taeke de Jong, Han Meyer, Winy Maas and Alexander Sverdlov.
MVRDV and The Why Factory in collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Center (HKDC) will present ‘Porous City’ at the 10th edition of BODW, Hong Kong’s annual Business of Design Week. Addressing the evolution of the skyscraper in the Asian context, BODW will showcase 9 LEGO® towers completed this year at the TU Delft and another 101, which students of Hong Kong universities and practicing architects will produce during a workshop run by MVRDV and The Why Factory during BODW. Porous City will be discussed further by Winy Maas during the BODW Forum.
Next Friday (October 5th, 16:00-17:30) The Why Factory will present its 6th book in the Future Cities series titled City Shock. City Shock shows the world where forecasting seems futile, where predictions are unreliable, and where even the most absurd scenarios are plausible, where many urban planning decisions seem to be governed not by vision – but by fear. Fear of disaster, fear of change, fear of the unknown.
This year The Why Factory will participate to the Architecture Venice Biennale for the first time. It will contribute to two events, which will be part of the Common Grounds exhibition curated by Sir David Chipperfield. – Together with EFAP The Why Factory will launch EU City Program, a manifestation representing Europe for the first time at the Venice Architecture Biennale. With MVRDV it will present a collaborative project ‘Freeland’ to be shown in the Central Pavilion at the Giardini.
This semester The Why Factory will for the first time run a design studio at ETH in Zurich. The studio focused on constantly changing and adaptive city titled The Transformer will be led by Winy Maas (Guest Professor), Ulf Hackauf and Adrien Ravon.
Ulf Hackauf, Pirjo Haikola and Gonzalo Rivas of The Why Factory received an honorable mention in the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment, Research & Initiative category with the project Sunny Water Lilies. The jury awarded one first prize and four honorable mentions.
‘Welcome to the Vertical Village’ exhibition opened at Total Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul. In the exhibition visitors walk through a giant model of a possible Vertical Village to experience its spatial richness and three dimensionality. The show by MVRDV and The Why Factory was opened earlier in Taipei and is now in a totally new design at show in Seoul: a city under rapid transformation, the ideal environment to answer to the ‘block attack’ and propose alternatives. The show is open to public between June 20 and October 7 and features films, an outdoor sculpture and a giant vertical village made of more than 700 objects.
On January 11th Winy Maas spoke at the “Non-City”*… Next City? conference at the European Parliament on “How architecture and urbanism can strengthen Europe?”. The conference was organised by the EFAP (European Forum for Architectural Policies) with the Urban Intergroup of the parliament and was a follow-up on the “Non-City” conference, which took place last year at the European Pairlament. The invited speakers included: Prof. Winy Maas, Mr. Jaap Wiedenhoff (ARUP) and Frédérique Monjanel (VINCI). An inspiring discussion between the speakers, experts from European Economic Social Committee, European Investment Bank, METREX, members of the Parliament, European Commission and representatives of the member States was chaired by Jan Olbrycht – the President of the Urban Intergroup.