MVRDV - Nathalie De Vries to discuss reviving industrial zones and public spaces at the New European Bauhaus Festival

Nathalie De Vries to discuss reviving industrial zones and public spaces at the New European Bauhaus Festival


Sustainability, aesthetics, and inclusion are three key concepts that are preached at the New European Bauhaus. The Festival of the New European Bauhaus will take place from 9 to 12 June 2022. This festival brings together citizens from all walks of life to debate and shape our future landscape. It is an opportunity to explore the New European Bauhaus values and their power to address societal challenges. 

As part of the festival, Nathalie de Vries will participate in a panel discussion on the revival of industrial zones and public spaces in StamEuropa in Brussels on June 10 at 13:30. She will be joined by state architects from the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden and Ireland. They will discuss how state and city architects can contribute to the principles of New European Bauhaus: beautiful, sustainable, together. How to integrate the big challenges we face: fighting climate change, creating a circular economy, combatting social segregation and add quality to our built environment. 

As the “DV” of MVRDV, founding partner Nathalie de Vries has led many successful MVRDV projects, with a focus on the invention of new building typologies and the creation of changeable, open systems. De Vries combines her work for MVRDV with a position as professor of Architectural Design and Public Building at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft. The central theme in her research, design, and construction of public buildings and public space is “Multiplicity in Design”. In 2021, the municipality of Groningen appointed De Vries to the position of City Architect. In this role, De Vries advises on current urban design and architectural projects and brings spatial issues to the fore in order to improve the city’s physical living environment and building culture.

The Festival of the New European Bauhaus encourages people from all over the world to come together to discuss, debate, and shape a future that is sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful. Providing plenty of opportunities to network, the Festival is the perfect place to exchange and celebrate topics from science to art, from design to politics, from architecture to technology – with the European Green Deal at its core. The Festival’s main themes are beauty, sustainability and inclusiveness. It will feature debates, international speakers, artistic performances, exhibitions and networking opportunities. It aims to build connections between different activities and individuals, bridging the worlds of research, science and technology, to those of education and civil engagement, and of art, culture and architecture. Anyone is welcome to get involved an join onsite and online from around the world.

  • Date: June 10 - 13:30-15:00 (CET). 
  • Other guests: Wouter Veldhuis (Chief Government Advisor, the Netherlands), Erik Wieërs (Flemish Government Architect, Belgium), Kristiaan Borret (Government Architect Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium), Helena Bjarnegard (National Architect, Sweden), Ciaran O’Connor (State Architect, Ireland).
  • Location: StamEuropa, Rue d'Arlon 104, 1040 Bruxelles.
  • Find more information on the NEB Festival can be found here