MVRDV has teamed up with Winy Maas and The Why Factory to create a model of Europe made with hundreds of LEGO pieces. This is a multi-layered project that will be on display starting August 29th at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition entitled Common Ground, to which the firm was invited to make a contribution. Instead of stopping at Freeland – an animated film that explores the notion of decentralized urban planning – the group will also present Porous City to the EU CITY Program.

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To be launched at Spazio Punch at Guidecca in conjunction with the EU CITY Program, Porous City is an exhibition of 676 LEGO towers representing Europe at a scale of 1:000. This is the first time such a project will be on display at the Venice Architecture Biennale and forms part of the European Forum for Architectural Policies (EFAP) plan to bring architecture, urban design and creative industries throughout European cities in line with the rest of the EU’s policies.

The Why Factory is also offering Porous City as a studio seminar for MSc students at the Delft University of Technology this fall. The LEGO showcase was donated by the LEGO Group in Denmark. More details are forthcoming, so please stay tuned.