25 June 2018
Winy Maas to speak at the Moscow Urban Forum 2018
Winy Maas to speak at the Moscow Urban Forum 2018

Winy Maas, one of the most famous world architects, landscape designer, professor and urbanist, will take part in the business programme of the Moscow Urban Forum 2018.

Maas is one of the founders of the Dutch studio MVRDV, and his projects are considered avant-garde for their unusual shapes, bold colours and non-standard materials. Being a recognised expert on the future, Maas is also a co-author of the master plan of Greater Paris, a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, director and professor of The Why Factory, where they study and visualise the cities of tomorrow. At the Moscow Urban Forum 2018, Winy Maas will talk about how to predict the life of a megacity and how to use out-of-fashion spaces and also take part in a discussion on the topic "Has Moscow managed to find a common tongue with foreign architects?".

The Dutch studio MVRDV works at the crossroads of architecture and urbanism, and its name is formed from the first letters of the names of Maas and the remaining founders — Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV was founded more than twenty years ago and has gained broad international recognition due to its diverse projects. The studio projects include the unique spherical library Tianjin Binhai in China, Seoullo Park in Seoul, the broadcasting centre Villa VPRO and the housing complex for the elderly WoZoCo in the Netherlands. Maas supported the creation of more environmentally friendly, attractive and accessible cities. His works reflect an innovative, yet rational, view of construction and pay great attention to design, regardless of the type or scale of the project.

Recently, the Architectural Council of Moscow approved a project of the MVRDV bureau at the intersection of Prospekt Academika Sakharova and Sadovaya-Spasskaya Ulitsa. The multifunctional public and business center "Moscow Silhouette" will become a symbolic addition to the surrounding buildings and will add significance to the image of the Moscow Garden Ring.

In 2008, Maas founded The Why Factory in TU Delft, a research institute for cities of the future. Winy Maas is a member of numerous international councils and juries. He was appointed project manager of Almere Floriade 2022 and Eindhoven City and was the curator of Barcode Urban Development in Oslo. In 2011, Maas was awarded the Order of the Legion of Honour, the most prestigious award of France, for his active participation in the development project of Paris.