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NY400 Week / Holland on the Hudson presents Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on New York's Governors Island to celebrate 400 years of Dutch-American friendship.

Activities will take place in and around eleven officers' houses at Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York.

Open: Fri 10am - 4:30pm
Sat / Sun 10am - 6:30pm
Download Ferry schedule.
House 7A:

Bushwick /

Urban Farming: MVRDV and The Why Factory with Work Architecture Company
About MVRDV and The Why Factory
MVRDV was set up in 1993 by Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. The office pursues its methodical research on density using a method of shaping space through complex amounts of data that accompany contemporary building and design processes. MVRDV has a long history of working on urban visions and planning.

Together with Delft University of Technology, MVRDV has set up The Why Factory, the new think tank on urban futures. It wants to give argumentation back to the architectural and urbanized world, and concentrates on the production of models and visualizations for future cities.

www.mvrdv.nl www.thewhyfactory.com
About WORK Architecture Company
This project is in collaboration with Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, partners. Based in New York, the firm strives to develop architectural and urban planning projects that engage culture and consciousness, nature and artificiality, surrealism and pragmatism. They are currently working on an “Edible Schoolyard” for PS216 in Brooklyn with Alice Waters and the Chez Panisse Foundation. The practice is supplemented by the partners’ academic involvement at Princeton University, where they have focused on studying the relationship between ecology and urbanism.
These names are the titles of the former officers' houses during Pioneers of Change. Click on each name for the specific program:

To download a map and program (pdf, 580 Kb), click here.
Staten Island /
Staten Eylandt
Pop up store:
100 dollars or less

Bowery /
The luxury of
Silence and Care

Harlem /
Platform21 =
Hempstead /
Christien Meindertsma

Bushwick /

Flushing /
Harvest Map:
Bloomingdale /
Go Slow / Droog, Sloom.org,
Vogelzang and van Halem

Gravesend /
's Gravesande
Drawn from Clay:
Atelier NL

Brooklyn /
Maarten Baas
Coney Island /
Conyne Eylandt
Painted / Parsons
The New School for Design

Rhode Island /
Roode Eylandt
Open Talks
Dutch Profiles

Greenwhich /
Various objects