Master plan, schematic design public space and guide lines for further plan development for the transformation of a historical industrial area into a new vibrant multifunctional city district.

 

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Client: City of Hengelo, project office Hart van Zuid
Location: Hengelo, The Netherlands
Area: 56 ha.
Year: 1999-2004
Status: Ratified, under construction
Partners: Dolte town planning, OKRA landscape architects

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The issue

The city of Meppel is extending into a sensitive cultural landscape. A district half the size of the current city will be developed in the next 25 years. The plan needs to be respectful to the landscape, well connected with the city and produce a finished result in every phase.

Our statement

In New-Peat Lands everybody will live at a meadow, creating a district where city and landscape slide into each other.

Our solution

The typical cultivation pattern of the landscape is the base for the urban plan. Instead of the usual complete filling, we introduce an alternative civil engineering method. Thus we can retain all ditches, as base for both the urban water system and the development framework. Build-up parcels are alternated with agricultural meadow zones. Three distinct ribbons further elaborate the framework. Large-scale recreational facilities and a finely meshed network of paths join the city to the new district and the landscape.

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Client: City of Meppel
Location: Meppel, The Netherlands
Area: 737 ha.
Year: 2003-2005
Status: Ratified
Partners: OKRA landscape architects, Tauw environmental consultants, Goudappel Coffeng traffic engineers

 

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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.

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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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The issue

The National Government has defined the core qualities for the national landscapes. They are striking, but not practical. They need to be made useful for daily practice in planning and design.

Our statement

The essence of making the core qualities practical is to analyse sharply what you see, force to grab it in one image, and explain why it looks that way.

Our solution

By forcing ourselves to grab the landscape in one image only, we get to the essence of its appearance. The image is explained in 5 icons and nuanced with sub- areas. Four characteristic story-lines explain the landscapes appearance and values. The ambitions for improving the key qualities are determined. And we create design principles to assist new developments so they can strengthen the core qualities. This all is done in close cooperation with the people of the Province. The result becomes really their guide.

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Client: Province of Utrecht
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Area: 1449 km2
Year: 2009-2010
Status: Ratified and published
Partners: OKRA landscape architects

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recreation-economical scenario for the development of the 80 km historic important New Dutch Waterline (nominee UNESCO world heritage list).

 

Data
Client: National Government – Project office NHW
Location: The Netherlands
Area: 273 km2
Year: 2001
Status: Ratified and published
Partners: OKRA landscape architects

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The issue

The area around 4 historical fortifications is vastly fragmented by infrastructure, both spatial and in their use. Their value for the city is far below their potential. However, there is no budget for large-scale interventions. The transformation needs to be gradual.

Our statement

To create cohesion and increase use and value, the area needs to be strategically opened up. A network of clever vistas and simple pathways will increase value dramatically.

Our solution

The fortifications are part of the New Dutch Water-defence-line, nominated as UNESCO World Heritage. We use the historical profile of this system to create coherence. The fragments are brought together in four zones with complementing atmospheres and functions. Attacking missing links in the connections creates a vast path-system. Strategic vistas highlight the fortifications to the millions of passers-by, who enter the city here by car or train. The area is turned into a modern city-gate and valuable parkland at the same time.

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Client: City of Utrecht
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Area: 158 ha.
Year: 2006-2008
Status: Ratified
Partners: OKRA landscape architects

 

 

 

 

 

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The issue

For 300 years the cathedral square has been the trauma of the city. It is depressing and inhospitable, but the community is incapable to deal with changing it. A process of revealing the 2000-year history of the square should change the citizens’ perception. Marking the roman castellum wall is the first physical intervention, a test case for the whole operation.

Our statement

The mysterious referring to hidden pasts of the marking makes people curious, amazed and keep them intrigued, also when they pass it daily.

Our solution

History is a great inspiration. The original wall lies buried 4 meter below the surface. Its ruins were overgrown by woods in the middle ages. We design the marking with the exact measurements of the wall. Rusty corten steel refers to the soil and woods. The engraving shows map fragments of the boarders of the Roman Empire. Once an hour fog and green light rises from the marking, like a wall in mysterious swamp forest. On special days of the year the colour changes, adding to the festivity and keeping people surprised.

Data
Client: Domplein 2013 Foundation
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Area: 149 m1
Year: 2006-2010
Status: Competition winner, Constructed
Budget: € 1.1 million
Partners: OKRA landscape architects, Rots Maatwerk

 

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The issue

This unique medieval landscape of national cultural importance is gradually consumed by the surrounding cities. The province, three councils and water-board together commissioned a development-plan for the next 20 years.

Our statement

To preserve this extraordinary landscape, a new relation between cities and landscape, between ‘citizens’ and ‘farmers’ is needed.

Our solution

Together with stakeholders and rural communities we have developed a plan that brings cities and landscape in contact again. The cities transform their backsides into green fronts, viewing to the landscape. Recreational networks and rural programs invite the citizens into the landscape, making them allies in the preservation. Each party is made responsible for specific follow-up projects, keeping each other attentive.

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Client: Province of Overijssel, with Zwolle City, Kampen City, Zwartewaterland Council, Waterboard Groot Salland
Location: Overijssel, The Netherlands
Area: 99.8 km2
Year: 2001-2003
Status: Ratified
Partners: Dolte Town Planning, OKRA landscape architects

 

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