Architect Winy Maas' design for the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2000 used only one-tenth of the allocated floor space to create a 'Vertical Landscape' 40 metres high. This was both a comment on the population density of the Netherlands and an expression of Maas' own ideal of 'compressing' people into high-density developments alternating with open 'nature' areas. In his book, Farmax: Excursions on Density, he argues that this is the only way to preserve some empty space, and save it from being overrun by low-density urban sprawl. Winy Maas is a co-founder of MVRDV, the Office of Architecture and Urbanism in Rotterdam, and teaches and lectures at various institutions including the Architectural Association, London, the Technical University, Delft, the Berlage Institute, Amsterdam, and the Academies of Architecture and Urban Planning in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Farmax: Excursions on Density
Edited by Winy Maas and Jacob van Rijs with Richard Koek
010 Publishers, Rotterdam, 1998
MVRDV at VPRO
Actar Publishers, Barcelona
By MVRDV, 1999
(given at Doors 6, November 2000)