Development plan for strategic cropping land with world-class archaeological values

The issue

The National Government aspires to put this area on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Therefore the archaeological values in the landscape need to be protected. Economical detriments need to be compensated within the landscape itself.

Our statement

The two historical layers, now blurred into each other, need to become separately readable. This opens up a whole new world of economical potentials.

Our solution

First we research the possibilities to protect the archaeology. Interactive with all stakeholders, we attune the archaeological ambitions to the acceptable level of new developments. With the outcome, we design a landscape framework, clarifying the rational land-claim. This hosts a set of story lines, illuminating the archaeology. Together they create a clear structure for adding wind turbines, increase recreational attraction and additional income, and thus free up space for the desired archaeological protection.

Client: Province of Flevoland, with Lelystad City, Dronten Council, Farmers Coop. Swifterbant
Location: Flevoland, The Netherlands
Area: 38.2 km2
Year: 2003-2004
Status: Ratified
Partners: OKRA landscape architects


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