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Lecture and Workshop

Open Lab Night: Designing resilient cities with MVRDV

By 2030, 60% of the world`s population is predicted to live in cities, facing numerous challenges. What does it take to make cities share resources and livable for all residents?


Futurium Lab

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  • Duration:3 hours
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With the growing adverse effects of climate change, resource shortages, pollution, and the destruction of biodiversity, just to name a few, we urgently have to find measures to minimize environmental damage. Urban resilience has emerged as one crucial area in this task.

Have you ever thought about what it means to make a city resilient? During this Open Lab Night, we will investigate how we may be able to do that. First, Prof. Nathalie de Vries, a founding partner of architecture firm MVRDV, Rotterdam, will deliver a lecture reflecting on resilience in her projects.

After her lecture, we will embark on a short trip into the future. With Stefanie Holzheu of Futurium, you will explore and develop your own future scenario of what resilient cities and communities of the future could look like: wilder, crazier, more exciting, more rewarding, and better.


Nathalie de Vries is a founding partner of the Rotterdam-based architecture, urbanism and landscape design practice MVRDV. She has been engaged in compelling projects worldwide that have been recognized and awarded internationally. She is Professor of Architectural Design of Public Building in TU Delft, Netherlands.


  • Location: Lounge Futurium Lab (-1)
  • Admission: free
  • Language: English
  • Max. number of participants: 50
  • Conditions for participation: no prior knowledge required


Registration is required - secure your place! Registration is a two-step process. After entering your personal data, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. This is active for 30 minutes. Your registration is complete only after you click on this link and confirm it online.


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