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For the Utrecht metropolitan area, the attractive diverse landscape forms an important drawcard for residents and businesses. Because of this, the population of the area is expected to grow with approximately 30 percent in the coming three decades. In planning the metropolitan area the policy mainly focuses on infill developments, cultural history and mobility. However, the appreciated surrounding landscape of the city of Utrecht and the nine neighbouring municipalities does not have a connecting concept yet. This formed to motivation to develop a vision for a Utrecht Greenbelt: a sequence of green landscapes in which the existing spatial qualities will be developed further and will be connected. Commissioned by the provincial advisor for spatial quality of the province of Utrecht (Paul Roncken), NOHNIK worked on an illustrative vision for the green belt.

The Utrecht Greenbelt will be developed bottom-up, based on local initiatives and entrepreneurs. In this we focus on local nature inclusive initiatives that need the landscape as a primary condition for executing their business.

Year: 2017-2018
Type: landscape, spatial strategy
Client: province of Utrecht, provincial advisor for spatial quality of the province of Utrecht (Paul Roncken)

Status: vision