MVRDV - Sven Thorissen to address sustainable urban development in southeast Berlin at Heuer Dialog

Sven Thorissen to address sustainable urban development in southeast Berlin at Heuer Dialog


In big urban areas, there is a tendency for the emergence of so-called ‘development corridors’ between a city’s airport and its downtown area. Such areas often lack long-term and sustainable development strategies, resulting in a scattered and unorganized urban landscape.

Berlin currently faces the same situation with the newly constructed Brandenburg Airport, which created a potential future urban hotspot in the southeast of the city. How can we prevent the appearance of an uncoordinated urban sprawl pushed by economic tendencies and instead aim for an urban planning that is quality-driven?

This Wednesday, join studio director Sven Thorissen at the Heuer Dialog in Berlin as he discusses how to create an alternative, sustainable planning to avert opportunistic urbanism in the area. He will share MVRDV’s vision and use our projects, such as Floriade in Almere displaying the green city of the future, to give an idea and how to unleash the potential of this development corridor.

Director, and Architect, Sven Thorissen, currently oversees MVRDV’s DAS Studio, explicitly focused on growing the office’s profile and portfolio in Germany. Sven Thorissen returned to MVRDV in early 2019 after a 12 year-hiatus, a considerable period of which he was working as Concept Developer for Proper Stok and Strategic Advisor Spatial Development, Economy and Sustainability for the municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn. He leverages this broad range of experience with private and public organizations, across architectural design, project development, and sustainability in his studio leadership. Projects that benefit from this insight include Werkstad Grasbrook, Potsdam Kreativ Quartier, KoolKiel, Turm mit Taille Vienna, EXPO Pavillion 2.0 and Franklin Mitte, as well as those previously undertaken as a Project Leader for MVRDV between 2000-07: Unterföhring Park Village, Frøsilo in Copenhagen, Parkrand in Amsterdam and the Markthal in Rotterdam.

  • Date & Time: 16 November | 17:00 CET.
  • Location: Berlin, Germany.
  • You can find more information here.