Master plan for reconnecting the city to the river. The river is the origin of the city, but now the city is hidden behind walls and dikes. The river forelands are unkept and under used. The plan turns this part of the city into the multifunctional, multi atmosphere leisurely centre of the wider region.

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Client: City of Tiel
Location: Tiel, The Netherlands
Area: 215 ha.
Year: 2006
Status: Ratified
Partners: OKRA landscape architects, SAB urban planners

 

 

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 centre of town is deteriorating and loosing costumers. Retrofitting the urban structure needs to enforce its economical competition power.

Our statement

The centre needs to be made livelier: draw, house and keep people. People attract more people and that keeps business running.

Our solution

The strategy focuses on creating more atmospheres to experience, adding people and enhancing physical connections. The centre amenities (shops, events, services) are more clearly zoned around the historical central street. Adding small squares, parks and alleys, places to sit and stray, diversifies network of public spaces. Improving the connections with the surrounding neighbourhoods increases the natural flow of people through the centre. Adding dwellings diversifies the centre and increases the basic volume of public, improving liveliness and the attraction of other people.

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Client: City of Hoogeveen
Location: Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
Area: 23.1 ha.
Year: 2007-2009
Status: Ratified
Partners: OKRA landscape architects, attuned with joining centre parts by Soeters Architects and Atelier Dutch Urban Planners.

 

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Development plan for reinforcing the coast to sustain sea-level rises and improve economic and spatial quality of the seaside town.

 

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Client: Waterboard Rijnland, with National Government, Province of Zuid Holland, Katwijk Council
Location: Katwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands
Area: 57 ha.
Year: 2008-2010
Status: Ratified, under construction
Partners: Arcadis consultancy, OKRA landscape architects, Alkyon water engineers

 

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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