The Committee for Sydney invites Winy Maas





On the 11th of April 2018 the Committee for Sydney, in partnership with the Sydney Urban Institute at UTS: University of Technology Sydney, hosted visiting international speaker Professor Winy Maas, who is one of the co-founding directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, founded in Rotterdam.








Photo credit: The Committee for Sydney

Consul-General Frank van Beuningen attended the lecture and spoke a few words as a short introduction: “Making cities safe, inclusive and sustainable is a global matter. It is one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, something that concerns us all. Hence the great value we, from the Netherlands side, attach to the close collaboration between Australian and Dutch experts”.

Winy spoke about his most recent design research named ‘The Green Dip’. The Green Dip seeks to reconsider the spatial, biological, and metaphorical construct of “Nature” in our cities at an urban and global level.

Recently it was announced that the NSW government has committed to combating Sydney‘s heat island effect by planting 5 million trees over the next 12 years, in a bid to offset the cracking pace of development. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government would spend $38.7 million over the next four years on its “Five Million Trees” initiative, as part of its plan to boost Sydney’s existing tree canopy from 16 per cent to 40 per cent by 2030.

We would like to thank the Committee for Sydney for hosting and Professor Rob Roggema from UTS for organising!

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