Tues 7th Feb: MVRDV | (Y)our Glasgow – a lecture by Winy Maas

Tues 7th Feb: MVRDV | (Y)our Glasgow - a lecture by Winy Maas

Austin-Smith:Lord, in collaboration with Dutch architecture and planning practice MVRDV, has organised a lecture by MVRDV’s Winy Maas in Glasgow on Tuesday 7th February 2016 from 6pm-8.30pm.

MVRDV is the Dutch architecture and planning practice involved in the transformation of Glasgow city centre. But who are these Dutch architects and what is their philosophy?

MVRDV’s founding partner Winy Maas will explain the working methods and scope of the practice driven by the faith in technologic innovation and the warnings of the Club of Rome regarding the end of resources. How to create an intimate city, how to build a boutique made of glass bricks, how to stack Dutch landscapes and how to advance research in a nano-tech that might one day replace concrete as a construction material. In-between, parallels are drawn with Glasgow and its current development.

This lecture will take place in one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the city: The Glasgow City Free Church on St. Vincent Street. The church is an Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson masterpiece. Built in 1859 it is widely regarded as one of the finest neo-Classical churches in the world. Austin-Smith:Lord’s Glasgow studio is located on St Vincent Street, directly opposite the church.

On the night we would invite attendees to make a donation to the Glasgow City Free Church, to cover their costs for hosting the event and for the upkeep of the famous church.

Prof. Winy Maas’s lecture will commence at 18.30.


MVRDV and Austin-Smith:Lord, supported by a multidisciplinary team, have recently been commissioned by Glasgow City Council to develop with stakeholders and local communities, Regeneration Frameworks for four districts within the City Centre. Entitled (Y)our City Centre this project is progressing throughout 2017. This exciting opportunity will focus on districts of Broomielaw, Blythswood, St Enoch and Central as detailed in the Glasgow City Centre Strategy and Action Plan 2014-2019. Further information is available at www.yourcitycentre.com