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.
As a result of demographic and economic forces, cities in Asia are undergoing rapid change. Traditional urban villages, which formed the core of the cities for centuries, are being replaced at a merciless pace by uniform tower blocks. In tracking the development of nine very distinct Asian cities, The Vertical Village provides insight into the evolution, current situation and future of these ‘vertical urban villages’. This book then introduces two tools: The VillageMaker© and The HouseMaker©, with which to design a dream house and find a dream location.
The book also offers a glimpse into what it would be like to live in a ‘Vertical Village’.
The publication accompanies The Vertical Village exhibition organized as the fourth edition of the Museum of Tomorrow series by the JUT Foundation. The Chinese edition of The Vertical Village catalogue published by the JUT Foundation for Arts and Architecture and distributed by Garden City Publishers will be available in November. NAi Publishers is the publisher of the English language version, which will be available in Europe in January 2012. The Vertical Village is the fourth publication of the Future Cities book series.
Author: Winy Maas et al.
Editors: The Why Factory, MVRDV, Winy Maas
In association with The Why Factory, MVRDV, the Berlage Institute
Chinese version release: November 2011
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English version release: January 2012
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528 pages | 15 x 21 cm
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