HKU ArchD Spring 2019 Public
Lecture Series:
Hong Kong Housing beyond Uniformity

City Gallery

3 Edinburgh Place
(Next to City Hall Lower Block)

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29 March 2019



Free, registration required due to the limited availability of seats. Early registration is recommended to ensure your participation.

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About the Event

The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Architecture presents the Spring 2019 Public Lecture Series. One of the speakers for this series will be the renowned Dutch architect Winy Maas.


The Spring 2019 Public Lectures aims to continue to outline the nuanced and diverse geographical, sociocultural, and technological contexts of architectural practices through the register of building and discursive positioning of the invited architects, such as Winy Maas.


Alongside the lecture, the book launch of Choose Your Tower! will take place. Choose Your Tower! is the 12th book in The Why Factory’s Future Cities Series, and follows The Why Factor(y), Visionary Cities, Green Dream, Vertical Village, Hong Kong Fantasies, City Shock, We Want World Wonders, Barba, Absolute Leisure, CopyPaste and PoroCity.

About the Speaker

Winy Maas

Winy Maas, born in 1959 in Schijndel, the Netherlands, is one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating Rotterdam, the Netherlands, known for projects such as the Expo 2000 and the vision for greater Paris, Grand Paris Plus Petit. He is Professor at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Director of The Why Factory, a research institute for the future city, which he founded in 2008 at TU Delft.


Since 2012 he is Visiting Professor at ETH Zurich, before this he was among others Professor at Berlage Institute, MIT, Ohio State and Yale University. In addition, he has designed stage sets, objects, and was curator of Indesem 2007. He has curated exhibitions, and given lectures throughout the world and taken part in international juries.


Winy Maas joined the Economic Development Board of Rotterdam (EDBR). In 2012, he was appointed urban supervisor for the city of Almere and since 2003 he has been
supervising the Bjorvika urban development in Oslo. With both MVRDV and The Why Factory, he has published a series of research projects.