Architect Winy Maas di MVRDVand The Why Factory have a dual appointment at the Venice Architecture Biennial.
They are presenting the Freeland collaborative project, which explores the prospects of complete liberation of urban planning, for the "Common Ground" theme. The architects question whether centralised planning is still needed and if instead bottom-to-top self-organised urban planning can be imagined. A city created by its inhabitants who can organise their own neighbourhoods and autonomously coordinate water management, energy supply, waste management, public green, urban agriculture and infrastructure.
Apart from their main contribution, the two firms also developed Porous City for the launch of the CITY EU programme, initiated by the European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP). EFAP is representing Europe for the first time at the Venice Biennial and advocates the importance of architecture as a common ground for European cultural expression. The project is an installation of 676 LEGO brick towers made to a scale of 1:1000, on display at Spazio Punch at Giudecca.
Images courtesy of MVRDV