MVRDV's winy maas selected as domus editor-in-chief for 2019

MVRDV's winy maas selected as domus editor-in-chief for 2019

domus, the architecture and design magazine founded in 1928 by gio ponti, has announced that winy maas will be its director for 2019. the MVRDV principal and co-founder will lead domus for the upcoming 10 issues as part of the magazine’s 10x10x10 editorial strategy. the project, which launched in 2017, will see 10 internationally acclaimed architects direct the magazine for 10 issues each over the upcoming 10 years. maas is the second editor-in-chief selected as part of this 10-year plan, following in the footsteps of italian architect and designer michele de lucchi.


as the newly appointed editor-in-chief, winy maas will encourage change through intellectual and collective responsibility. ‘we need an agenda for change,’ says maas in his manifesto of intent. ‘our planet is subject to dramatic climate changes that require all of us — politicians, urban planners and citizens — to accelerate our action to save it. but we are still too slow. domus will act as such an agenda.’

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winy maas will serve as the editor-in-chief for 10 issues of domus in 2019 | image © barbra verbij
main image: ‘the imprint’ in seoul by MVRDV | image © ossip van duivenbode



‘can our cities surprise us? can they be more responsible? more open? more curious? brave and experimental? truly green? bio-diversified? human, social, intimate, accessible, free, heterogeneous? different? can they be pleasant, beautiful, exciting? that is my plan,’ the MVRDV principal and co-founder continues. ‘better materials, better bathrooms, better façades, better houses, better cities and a better world, which ranges from the mass production of cars to bricks, from roads to infrastructure, including nanomaterials and large-scale planning. all of this will contribute to building the city of future, and domus will be the one to tell about it.’

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domus’ december issue is a monograph dedicated to the work of winy maas
image by barbra verbij, cover © domus



throughout 2019, domus will be entirely dedicated to the city of the future, a city that is born out the dialogue and the contamination of all the disciplines that operate within society. the aim of this new direction is to pose multiple questions and to find multiple answers, giving voice to all those who make, think, plan and live the city. together, the 10 issues will form a single volume, comprising over a thousand pages. winy maas will be assisted by a rotterdam-based editorial team comprising javier arpa fernandez, jan knikker, claudia mainardi, and rory stott, who will work alongside the domus editorial team to realize maas’ vision. the first issue domus will be available at the beginning of january 2019.

  • No mention of people in your description of the Domus mission for the next 10 months. Let’s hope that is not a bellweather for what’s to come. How about adding “better places for people” to the mix?

    Norman Gilroy says:

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