Through our website and social media, MVRDV will dedicate the whole of November to the theme of Greening the City. The idea of greening cities unites a variety of increasingly urgent agendas under a single umbrella: it can help to improve the world's biodiversity, can provide access to nature for city-dwellers in our increasingly urban world, and can help to improve food security through urban farming, among other benefits.
Greening the city has been a central thread within our work for almost the entire history of MVRDV, spanning from our earliest projects - putting a lawn on the rooftop of the Villa VPRO and a forest in the 3rd floor of the Expo 2000 pavilion - to our most recently completed work - the trees on the roof of the Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. The concept finds relevance in projects as small as the Green Villa and as large as the Tencent Campus in Shenzhen, and in contexts as diverse as a business district in Amsterdam, with projects such as Valley, and the culturally unique "Linpan" landscape in China, with projects such as Chengdu Sky Valley.
With #GreeningTheCity Month, MVRDV hopes to place a spotlight on this crucial issue, showcasing our work in this field, explaining how our experiments in practice are informed by research, starting a conversation about the topic, and finally - most importantly - inviting other architecture and urbanism professionals to join us in this conversation.