MVRDV + The Why Factory: Factoring the why in design practice

Winy Maas*, Javier Arpa Fernandez, Fredrik Nilsson

*Corresponding author for this work

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From the urgencies seen in contemporary societies and urban situations, it is obvious that it is time to begin thinking about our cities in completely new ways. The urban environment has become fundamentally different in many aspects, but we are still trying to physically define it in the same way as before. And we are almost paralyzed in what seems to be a splintered and contradictory reality. On the one hand cities and communities are highly individualistic and increasingly based on the individual unit, and on the other hand global connectivity and awareness is proliferating in almost all our daily activities. There is a need to find ways of bringing together these two extremities — the individual and the collective — from both ends and both conceptually and practically, into possible constructions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Changing Shape of Architecture
Subtitle of host publicationFurther Cases of Integrating Research and Design in Practice
EditorsMichael U. Hensel, Fredrik Nilsson
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-131528408-8
ISBN (Print)978-113824028-5
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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