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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information? Click:

Paper Continuity of Culture

Quality Guides_Project Documentation

Quality Guides_Project Booklet

or the pdf-icon at the bottom of this page.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information? Click:

New Dutch Waterline_Project Documentation

or the pdf-icon at the bottom of this page.

New urban concept for high density housing in forests, developed for the National government. Application and differentiation of the forest living concept on an existing forest in connection to a new residential district.

Data
Client: National Government / City of Almere
Location: Breda / Almere, The Netherlands
Area: 58 ha. (study) / 90 ha. (pilot)
Year: 1999-2002
Status: Ratified and published
Partners: OKRA landscape architects, Milanovic Urban Design

 

More information? Click:

New Forest Living_Project Documentation

or the pdf-icon at the bottom of this page.