City Ideas. Winy Maas

Winy Maas. Foto: Barbra Verbij
Winy Maas. Foto: Barbra Verbij


City Ideas (Ideas de Ciudad) is a laboratory for research, dissemination and debate on the spatial and social transformations of the contemporary city. The aim is to create a city laboratory, an open research platform geared towards exploring the future of cities as spaces for culture and the generation of new social, technological and innovation paradigms.

The programme will include monthly online presentations by national and international experts from different fields of knowledge. It begins with the presentation The Art of Urbanism, by Winy Maas (Schijndel, 1959). Founding partner of the Dutch studio MVRDV and director of The Why Factory at the Delft University of Technology, for the past 25 years, Maas has been responsible for iconic and thought-provoking projects such as the Dutch pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover, Market Hall in Rotterdam (2014), Crystal Houses in Amsterdam (2016), Glass Farm in Schijndel (2013) and Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the first art storage facility in the world to offer access to the public, which is due to open in 2021. Maas has also developed several master plans for the urban development of cities such as Paris, Bordeaux and Oslo. He is the director of The Why Factory, an ideas laboratory attached to the University of Delft that is dedicated to research into and the visualisation of the cities of the future.

Winy Maas presents the main results of the study of Marseille commissioned as the foundational base of the Manifesta 13 Marseille art exhibition that took place in 2020. The book is the result of intensive research – made from 2018 to the start of 2020 – by an international team of architects and urbanists from MVRDV and The Why Factory (Delft University of Technology), in collaboration with Manifesta 13 and representatives of both Marseille institutions and universities.