The graduation project Evolving Room by Stavros Gargaretas has been selected as Best Graduation Project of the Faculty of Architecture 2013 – 2014. Stavros project, which is part of The Why Factory’s Adaptive City Graduation Studio, simulates an extreme architecture based on real-time ergonomics and space efficiency. Stavros combines live scale test settings with hypothetical materials in his search for space efficiency. The result is a fascinating visionary narrative, which describes requirements, possible benefits and limitations of a fully-adaptable environment.
In the framework of the IIT Cloud Studio abroad program, the Illinois Institute of Technology collaborates with the Why Factory this fall. From September to December, a group of 15 students from Chicago are working with us in Delft on the studio “Farm Blocks – Urban Agriculture Beyond Clichés”.
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.
The architecture practice MVRDV and The Why Factory envision a new model for the development of Asian cities. Their idea is The Vertical Village, a three-dimensional community intended to bring back personal autonomy, diversity, flexibility and neighbourhood life to cities in Asia.
Last week T?F together with KRADS Architecture officially started the Eurohigh design studio with an intensive week-long workshop. All studio participants who for the next six months will be designing the ultimate European skyscraper were introduced to the quick and creative ways of using Lego as a modeling material. Many intriguing ideas were generated and build up a good start for further visions and research on translating the horizontal dimension of the European city into a vertical one.
The Why Factory was part of the Summer Program at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design with a second Copy/Paste workshop. A week long event was first opened with a lecture by Winy Maas on the 24th of August. The workshop led by Prof.Winy Maas, Felix Madrazo and Alexander Sverdlov addressed questions of originality and the way copying increasingly affects the architectural profession.
From July 1, the new permanent exhibition of the NAi – Dutchville (Stad van Nederland) y is open to the public.
(The Hague, May 10th 2011) Winy Maas has received the highest French decoration Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French Ambassador to the Netherlands Mr. Jean-François Blarel at the French residence in The Hague. MVRDV is strongly engaged in France and is part of Atelier du Grand Paris, the think tank concerned with the future planning of Greater Paris.
The Why Factory announces the P6 opportunity for its alumni. The P6 is an extension of the graduation project that allows to elaborate it and, eventually, consider it as an individual publication. The P6 has two stages and, accordingly, two sets of deliverables.
Former The Why Factory students: Yushang Zhang, Rajiv Sewtahal, Riemer Postma and Qianqian Cai were awarded 1st prize in d3 Housing Tomorrow 2011 Competition with their project of Vertical Village.
Today we started three new studios that will run along the spring semester this year.
On February 9th Winy Maas will speak about The Green Dream at the European Parliament during NON-CITY? Conference on new urbanity and innovative visions for European Urban Agenda.
Former The Why Factory student – Joe Wu won the 2nd prize at 2010 International Velux Award. Both him and his supporting tutor Daliana Suryawinata received the honors and a prize at the official award ceremony on October 16th in La Rochelle, France.
Last week a committee of international researchers visited the three Dutch faculties of architecture. Led by Peter Russell, dean of the faculty of architecture of the RWTH Aachen, the committee assessed the research activities of the faculties, including the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology.
A’A’ / L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, the French/English bimonthly welcomes guest editors MVRDV and The Why Factory on the theme of “Uncertainty”. A collective effort of 70 articles by writers such as Beatriz Colomina, Aaron Betsky, Alain de Botton, Justin McGuirk, Jenny Holzer, Kobas Laksa, Markus Miessen, Toshiko Mori, Farshid Moussavi, Saskia Sassen, Mark Shepard and many others.
’A’A’ is out now in stores and can also be ordered atwww.larchitecturedaujourdhui.fr.
The team of designers of the ‘Luxury of the North’ project (initiated by Droog Design) spent 10 days at the Canadian high-Arctic to be inspired by and learn from the extreme living conditions. Team interviewed several people from the remote community called Pond Inlet; from wildlife conservation officer and representatives of Nunavut government to hunters and local people.
How will we deal with in the future with the past that has yet to come? How will preservation change values? What will be the new monuments? We invite you to join us in an exploration of the future of our past.
Next semester in addition to MsC2, 3 and 4, t?f is offering also an MsC1 studio. See below the new exciting topics. Longer descriptions of the projects will be posted in the projects section next Monday including a downloadable pdf.
What if we had the chance to re-invent Cyprus? What dreams and what opportunities appear for this island? What will future development of Cyprus be about?
Designers from the Netherlands and Canada team up to study arctic living conditions. Project is an initiative by droog design running under the title ‘Luxury of the North’.
The ninth Lensvelt / De Architect interior Prize is granted to MVRDV with their design for the ‘The Why Factory Tribune’.
Are we having too much fun? Are our dreams undermining the city? Has everything been done before? Is our future being imagined without us? Most importantly: What is an urban vision and why do we need one?
Delft University of Technology, t?f and MVRDV together organized an opening event on 15 of October in and around the orange tribune. The event marked the official inauguration of Prof. Maas, opening of the tribune and t?f and launch of its first book ‘Visionary Cities’. Event attracted over 500 guests – a full house.
NY400 Week / Holland on the Hudson presented Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on New York’s Governors Island. Activities took place in and around eleven officers’ houses at Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York.
Two new MSc2 studios, Austerity and Automatic City as well as a platform for MSc3/4 where students can propose their own topics, or choose from a variety of themes were introduced by Winy Maas. All studios will be held at the orange tribune, which is ready for new students. Welcome!
T?f held a workshop at Aedes Network Campus last May, this was the first of the series in a new platform. “
Stroom in The Hague, center for art and architecture, launched the Foodprint program with a symposium `Food for the city’ Friday 26 June 2009. Foodprint investigates the influence of food on culture, the institutions and the functioning of the city. The symposium wants to involve participants in a debate concerning the value of food, the romantic imagery on food production, innovative town farmers, and pigs in the city. A large number of (inter)national participants, among others, Carolyn Steel, Will Allen, John Thackara, Winy Maas/The Why Factory and Joep van Lieshout will present their visions on food in the city. The symposium will be concluded with a conversation between Tom Bade and minister Gerda Verburg (LNV).
Professor Winy Maas was asked to give a lecture on the topic ‘The User’ for the international design seminar ‘Indesem 09’ in Delft.
T?F finally moves into their new office, a tribune designed by MVRDV. Students will move in a bit later, 16 of May. After the fire at Architecture faculty building, almost exactly one year ago, the team and the students were housed in several temporary spaces, at the Berlage institute, Faculty of Applied Sciences and in different spaces within the architecture faculty. T?F wants to thank everyone for their hospitality. Welcome to visit us in the tribune!
The JUT foundation from Taipei, Taiwan has commissioned MVRDV and T?F to curate the fourth edition of the exhibition series ‘Museum of Tomorrow’. Under the title ‘VerticalVillage©’ the exhibtion will explore the possibilities and potentials of informal structures and urban villages in Taipei. The pavilions for the exhibition form part of the research and are designed by MVRDV.
On 25 of March the artists, architects, designers and researchers involved in the ‘Foodprint’ project met in the Hague for a kick-off and to get inspired by a lecture by Carolyn Steel about her recent book ‘Hungry City’.
The construction for the tribune that will house T?F is well under way. The roof structure was lifted today in rainy winter weather. Waiting for the completion of the tribune T?F is still temporarily house at the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
T?F will move to it’s new home at the Faculty of Architecture in April. The TRIBUNE, designed by MVRDV, is currently being built as part of the conversion and extension of the Faculty building at the Julianalaan in Delft.
At the Business of Design Week (BODW) ‘The Why Factory’ presented visions for the future of Hong Kong, ‘Hong Kong Power’. ‘Hong Kong Power’ is an in-depth analysis of Hong Kong’s current urban, architectural and cultural situation upon which proposals for the future of the city have been developed and shown in form of a movie at this year’s Business of Design Week, 8th to 13th of December.
T?F was invited to present maps from the Green Dream project in the ‘Salle des Cartes’ (Maps Room) at the City Eco Lab event, curated by John Thackara. The maps by T?F focused on global and large scale urban view on sustainability, contrasting and complementing the City Eco Lab local approach
Robotic City studio students and teachers visited ESA, the European Space Agency, today in Noordwijk (NL). ESA guides the development of Europe’s space capability and carries out research in all areas of space activity. The students presented their projects to enthusiastic ESA representatives from Human Spaceflight, Mocrogravity and Exploration Programmes. We received interesting comments on the projects and ideas about future collaboration between ESA and T?F were discussed and planned. T?F was also given a guided tour in the ESA facilities. In two weeks Robotic City studio will visit MIT in Boston.
Winy Maas and T?F are currently leading a masterclass in Hong Kong. Under the title “Hong Kong Fantasies”, an international group of students and mentors develop visions for the future of the city. Together the group is producing a movie that will be presented at the Business of Design Week in Hong Kong in December 2008. The master class is a collaboration of the Chinese Hong Kong University, the University of Hong Kong, TU Delft and the Berlage Institute and has been initiated and organized by the International Forum of Urbanism.
After a year of preparation and pilot Master studios T?F starts two new MSc Master graduation studios Robotic City and Death of Leisure City. Prof. Winy Maas introduces the projects for T?F students.
Green Dream studio presented the results of semesters hard work in an exhibition in front of a jury consisting of Prof. Winy Maas, John Thackara and Jaap Wiedenhoff (Arup). Projects ranged from potentials of biotechnology to light the city with bacteria, innovative ways to grow food in a city, all the way to making a global plan of how and where we will live in 2100.
T?F has celebrated the opening of their new home in one of the temporary tents on the university campus. Within an incredible two weeks, the university has provided us with fully equipped workspaces. We share the space with our colleagues from the former 13th floor, the DSD and the Urban Asymmetry group. A barbeque and drinks on the lawn outside the tent showed that our new location has definitely it’s qualities. On this occasion, Winy Maas explained the plans for the conversion of the old Main building of the university, which will house the faculty until the burnt faculty building will be replaced by a new building.
T?F staff and students gather together outside after the devastating fire to plan how to best finish the last weeks of the semester. TU Delft has decided that the semester will continue as planned despite the fire that destroyed the Architecture Faculty building. T?F will be first temporarily be housed at the Berlage Institute at the centre of Rotterdam. Longer term solution will be provided soon at the TU campus.
The fire started at 9.30 in the morning and despite the efforts of the fire department destroyed the entire building collapsing part of the building already by noon. Fortunately no one was hurt in the fire, but material damages are enormous. T?F, together with the whole DSD, had moved into its brand new 13th floor only a couple months earlier just to see it go up in flames.