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Di., 07. Juli


Know-How Session - via Zoom

Visions on dense cities - challenges and opportunities.

Jan Knikker, MVRDV Architects & David Schill, Aritco

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Visions on dense cities - challenges and opportunities.
Visions on dense cities - challenges and opportunities.

Zeit & Ort / Time & Place

07. Juli 2020, 20:00 – 21:15 MESZ

Know-How Session - via Zoom


Since its foundation in 1993 MVRDV architects have devoted themselves to the densified city, arguing that a denser city has the potential to offer more services, more interaction, more social diversity and more sustainability than urban sprawl. The practice believes in the 3D city that combines high density with nature, suburban lifestyles and high life quality for the people, a merger of the good sides of Hong Kong density with the good sides of the social fabric of an Italian mountain village. To combine these paradoxes the practice uses research, parametric scripting and principles of new mobility.

Saving the planet does not stop in Corona times, but how to make the dense city a safe and sound place? Do we need new urbanism or do we need a vaccine, both probably. Since a decade a new economic reality is emerging in our cities which brings exciting urban solutions.

Jan Knikker, MVRDV Architects

David Schill, Aritco

// this event will be held in English //

7:45 pm - "Doors open" – meet & greet

8:00 pm - Introduction

8:05 pm – Architect’s keynote

8:25 pm - Industry partner statement + discussion with guest architect

8:40 pm - Break-Out Rooms – Interactive round-table discussion between all participants

9:00 pm – Short summary and conclusion


About the Speakers:

Jan Knikker joined MVRDV in 2008. Before this he started his career as a journalist, and then shaped the public image of OMA for nearly a decade. As Partner at MVRDV, Jan leads the Contracts, Business Development and Public Relations efforts, forming a client-oriented, fast, and strategic studio that includes a strong visualisation team and the practice’s sustainability team. He leads MVRDV’s branding efforts and has overseen the practice’s rapid expansion into new markets, focusing on solutions for global issues through its architecture and urbanism. He has worked on many publications and exhibitions, including the book MVRDV Buildings. Jan regularly lectures internationally, at commercial and academic venues in Germany (Polis Convention, Stiftung Baukultur), the UK (RIBA), Israel (CTBUH), Colombia (Universidad Nacional, Utadeo), Australia (RMIT), Kuala Lumpur (UCSI), and elsewhere.  He writes for various publications and is Deputy Editor of Domus 2019. He is a member of the HNI Heritage Network, led the online design magazine Dafne, and from 2007 to 2011 was a member of the International Projects commission of the Netherlands Architecture Funds.


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