Titolo originale: MVRDV, Designpeak, EQUAL BOOKS, Seoul 2012




Argomento e tematiche affrontate

The main sentence of Agendas on Urbanism MVRDV is Where is Urbanism? There is stated that according to a number of people urbanism almost doesn’t exist. Nowadays it is believed that huge urban projects have no authors, apart from Haussmann in Paris and Niemeyer in Brasilia. Urbanism develops very slowly in comparison to architecture, for example. As a result, urban planning progress is almost invisible. MVRDV members took this problem to be solved, as a challenge.

In the book they show their projects, which in collaboration with architectural designs, create a better value of cities. Who but for urban planners could change an unsafe and depressing area in one of the most qualitative public spaces in the city? In the book it is shown, there is a lot of design companies which can manage it. Thanks of them urbanism is getting more and more popular, attractive and noticeable. 


Giudizio Complessivo: 8 (scala 1-10)

Scheda compilata da: Katarzyna Jurek

Corso di Architettura e Composizione Architettonica 2 a.a.2012/2013




MVRDV was set up in Rotterdam in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries. At the beginning of their career they were working separately but later they decided to connect their ideas to make something more important for contemporary architecture. They found urbanism as boring, not effective and they released that nobody take care about urban problems. As a result the MVRDV group tries to fix that situation connecting urban and architectural projects in huge, phenomenal realizations. The work of MVRDV is exhibited and published world wide and receives international awards.


Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries 



Agendas on Urbanism MVRDV contains 48 descriptions of MVRDV’s designs with readable sketches, floor plans and visualizations.


Les Halles, Paris, France- visualization of design



Capitolo 6 – Les Halles. Open up!

Location: Paris, France

Completion: 2004

Client: SEM Paris Centre

Program: Mixed-use Urban Plan

Restoration and upgrade of the Les Halles station and shopping centre in the hearth of Paris.  

A transformation of the dark, unsafe suburbia of Paris in phenomenal public space. In the buildings there was used new technology of construction. Garden with trees is located on the glassy roof of shopping center, what isn’t very common in contemporary architecture yet. All the establishment interplay very well with existing surroundings.


Les Halles, Paris, France- visualization of design


Capitolo 7 – Homerus- kwartier. Individual Expression

Location: Almere, Netherlands

Completion: 2007

Client: Het Oosten/ Kristal

Program: Housing

Designing a new resident area in Almere, MVRDV has developed a way to communicate easily with customers. Thanks to the new web-tool, future inhabitants can take part in creating theirs houses and neighborhood.



Homerus-kwartier, Almere, Netherlands- visualization of design


Capitolo 8 – No. 1 Art Zone. Different Scales

Location: Nanjing, China

Completion: 2023

Client: Jiangsu Binjiang No. 1 Zone Investment Co. Ltd.

Program: Cultural Center

Development of space in relation to existing railway station and museum. The area is sheared for zones: Access, Soho, Art Incubation, Shop, Pavillion . The establishment is varied with water between buildings instead of fences.


Capitolo 9 – Shanghai Bund. City + Village

Location: Shanghai, China

Completion: 2010

Client: Shanghai Zendai Real Estate Co,  Ltd.

Program: Commercial, Office, Hotel and Housing

A district of single houses hanged in the air and supported by skyscrapers in the center of the city, close to the river. 

Capitolo 10 Nieuw Leyden. Build Your Dream

Location: Leiden, Netherlands

Completion: 2010

Client: Nieuw Leyden CV

Program: Housing

Housing area on a master plan which creates a pedestrian and friendly environment for families.


Block of houses, Leiden, Netherlands – photo of buildings


Capitolo 11 – NYC 2012. Be Polite

Location: New York City, NY, USA

Completion: 2004

Client: New York City Council

Program: Urban Plan for the Olympic Village for the NYC 2012 Olympic bid

The group of skyscrapers located on a beach reminds weaves because of their shape and urban rhythm. MVRDV fulfilled a challenge to mach to the current Manhattan typology.  


Weaving Village, New York, USA- model of designawsdas


Capitolo 12 – Waterwijk Ypenburg. Collect Lifestyles

A collection of different typologies of housing estates: the social life, the secluded life, the natural life, the protected life. 


Four housing estates- photo of realized design


Capitolo 13 – Parco Monteluce. Tuscany Panorama

Location: Perugia, Italy

Completion: 2006

Client: Banca Nazionale del lavoro Fondi Immobiliari SGR, Europa Risorse and Regione Umbria

Program: Mixed- use

All buildings and streets are made of the same material- rock which is characteristic for Tuscany. This settlement reminds a small town on account of including all necessary functions.


Parco Monteluce, Perugia, Italyvisualization


Capitolo 18 – Gwanggyo Power Centre. Green Hills!

Location: Gwanggyo, nr Seoul, Korea

Completion: 2008

Client: Daewoo Consortium and DA Group, Seoul, Korea

Program: Mixed- use

For the area placed between hills MVRDV designed skyscrapers in a hill shape. All of them are symmetric with visible horizontally divides.


Gwanggyo Power Centre, Gwanggyo, Korea – visualization


Capitolo 19 – Citta Sospesa. Continue the city

Location: Bologna, Italy

Completion: 2008

Client: RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana)

Program: Railway Station and Mixed- use Facilities

Train traffic is located underground and at level 0. Pedestrian traffic and green are moved on the level 1 what makes the area more comfortable and safe.


Citta Sospesa, Bologna, Italyvisualization


Capitolo 20 – Songdo. Landmark City. The Poetic Mass Housing

Location: Songdo, Korea

Completion: 2010

Client: SLC

Program: Housing

Casual, straight skyscrapers weren’t quaint for the designers, so they decided to make them in shape of grass. It gave not only good looking but also better light collaboration. The Grass Field made of 25 towers offers the large quantity of required apartments, the standard typologies and it focuses on the community aspect.


Landmark City, Songdo, Korea – visualization


Capitolo 21 Longtan Park. Prevent Erosion

Location: Liuzhou, China

Completion: 2004

Client: Liuzhou He Jia Real Estate Co. Ltd.

Program: Housing

The residential park built on a manner of putting blocks on hills, what works very well with the terrain. The houses have maximum open view and natural ventilation.


Longtan Park, Liuzhou, China – visualization


Capitolo 25 – Plant City Jinhua. The GreenLibrary

Location: Jinhua City, China

Completion: 2006

Client: City Jinhua

Program: Park design for the Jinhua 500 Islands

This design is absolutely different because doesn’t include any buildings which are not covered by plants. It is an island- garden placed on a river. In the project there was predicted 500 plots with size of 12 x 48 m. In the future they can be form also vertically.


Capitolo 46 – NL28. Use the Games

Location: Netherlands

Completion: 2008

Client: N/A

Program: Spatial program of the Olympic Games in the Netherlands in 2028

The urban agglomeration of stadiums and accommodation for athletes which includes a lot of playgrounds situated vertically to safe the space.


Olympic Stadium, Netherlands – visualization



urbanism (Urbanism is one of the professions to give this shape and space) – a method of  making a predominantly rural area or country more industrialized and better adapted to inhabitants lifestyles

infrastructure (urban agglomeration sprawled along the infrastructure without uniform regulation) – all building and permanent installations necessary for city’s functioning

floating houses (A range of materials has been studied that are more suitable construct the floating houses) – houses with gardens, techniques and all neighborhood which are based on a water

materialization (the differences are increased by making difference in materialization) – realization; make something to come into perceptible existence

topography (Steps following the existing topography creating access and terraces) – detailed, precise description or graphic representation of a surface features of a place