Critical Distance returns with MVRDV

Critical Distance returns with MVRDV

Jacob van Rijs, co-founder of MVRDV, is the next to come on stage of CCB's Main Auditorium. Invited by the Lisbon Triennale, the Rotterdam studio presents its peculiar working method, based on a solid research around the optimization of spaces and the future of cities.


Along with architecture and urban planning, it develops visionary conceptual models in installations such as Freeland (Venice Biennale, 2012). Since MVRDV's founding in 1991, the studio has revealed an innovative way to resolve functional challenges, traceable in the senior residency WoZoCo (1997) and at the housing unit Silodam (2003), among others.


After the conference, Jacob van Rijs will start a conversation with Diogo Burnay, where welcome the audience to participate with questions.


Watch the video of studio MVRDV on the Dutch Profiles


Critical Distance will be back on 17 February 2016 with Ellen van Loon – OMA.



Jacob van Rijs (Amsterdão, 1964)

Formado pela TU Delf e co-fundador do atelier MVRDV (1991), juntamente com Winy Maas e Nathalie Vries, desenha soluções arquitectónicas alicerçadas numa sólida componente de investigação sobre os novos desafios sociais e urbanos. Sob a atenção internacional desde cedo, participa em conferências e júris internacionais, já leccionou em várias escolas internacionais e é actualmente professor convidado na Universidade Técnica de Munique. Desde 2011, preside o programa internacional do Instituto Real dos Arquitectos Holandeses (BNA). O seu trabalho onde o legado holandês é notório encontra-se amplamente publicado, destacando-se edições monográficas como MVRDV Buildings (2013), KM3 (2005) e FARMAX (1998).

Diogo Burnay 

Diogo Burnay lives and works in Halifax, Canada and Lisbon, Portugal.
Associate professor and Director of the School of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Founded CVDB Arquitectos with Cristina Veríssimo in 1999 and with Tiago Santos since 2008. Their work focuses on architecture’s relation to the public realm, in the context of a larger physical and cultural landscape, and to the individual's experience and perceptions of spaces and places.  Projects and buildings have been exhibited and published worldwide and have received national and international awards and prizes (WAN 2013 education building 1st prize and Archdaily Best Education building of the year 2014).