Urban and rural areas are becoming increasingly intertwined. Vista sees urban development as an integral component of landscape development. We translate the requirements of sustainable water management, climate stability, livability, ecology and economy into new urban development models. These provide exceptional landscapes in unique living and working environments. We call this landscape urban development.


What exactly is sustainable urban development? It is not the same as sustainable building,because that takes place primarily on the smaller scales of individual structures or neighborhoods. Sustainable urban development is about cities and the urban structure. In Vista’s vision sustainable urban development begins with the choice of location, i.e. with spatial planning.This is why we often work with the layer approach. First we look at the underlying soil condition, the position in the water system and the specific historical context. It is only when urban developments are very well embedded in the larger landscape structure that they can truly be sustainable. Next, we look at the accessibility and the location in the urban network. Optimal use of the “transportation value” of interchanges, for example, is an aspect of sustainable urban development. Above all, it is important that all planning layers are attuned to each other and together contribute to the spatial identity of the location.

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Red for green

Thursday, 04 March 2010 11:57


Application of the “red for green” principle appears to offer many opportunities for landscape development, yet in reality it is difficult to get projects such as these off the ground. The prejudice persists that building and landscape do not mix. Vista has been researching this subject for years and has developed various plans to demonstrate that actually, it is feasible.

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River expansion and urbanization

Friday, 04 December 2009 11:42

Deventer riverfront

Vista’s plans for the IJssel bypass near Deventer and Zutphen are a good example of urban development in a landscape context. Here an increase of the IJssel’s discharge capacity is being combined with new urban expansions. The plans are worked out as an elaboration of the Regional Structure Plan for the Apeldoorn-Deventer-Zutphen urban triangle and as a building block for the PKB Ruimte voor de Rivier (Room for the River). The magazine TOPOS published the article below.

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