Lecture and panel discussion features Nathalie de Vries of MVRDV

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NOTE: To accommodate the high interest in this event, the location has been changed to a larger venue, LIB072, on Ryerson Campus. The new venue is five minutes away from the Architecture Building. Please see the updated notice and map below:

On Thursday, January 21, Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science present Vertical Village—a lecture by Natalie de Vries of Dutch firm MVRDV. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Elsa Lam of Canadian Architect.

MVRDV and their research-based approach to design challenge the norms of architectural type, use, and planning. Their “vertical village” concept evolved as a response to the urban ecologies in rapidly intensifying Asian cities where all-at-once high density development threatens identity, community and social infrastructure. What can this internationally renowned Dutch practice teach the fastest growing city centre in North America about designing socially and ecologically sustainable housing and public space in the new normal of hyper-dense global cities? And what might they learn from us?

Event Schedule:

Thursday, January 21, 2016
5:30 – 8:00pm in LIB072 (adjacent the Student Learning Centre on Gould Street, see map below)

Event Details:

5:30pm – Lecture by Natalie de Vries of MVRDV
6:30pm – Panel Discussion moderated by Elsa Lam

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Consulate of the Netherlands and Ryerson University.


Nathalie de Vries
Co-founder, MVRDV


Elsa Lam
Moderator, Editor of Canadian Architect

Gary Switzer
Architect and Developer, Mod Developments Inc.

Chris Glasiek
VP for Planning and Design, Waterfront Toronto

Craig White
Managing Editor, Urban Toronto

Peter Clewes
Principal, architectsAlliance

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