Strong urban design offers significant community benefits, better quality of life, safer cities and a greater ability to function as a society. It can provide a city with a unique sense of identity and a framework to deal with urban expansion, regeneration, or the other way round, to redeem the landscape and the challenges of climate change.
At EYKING we believe that to achieve better cities you need a clear vision and an effective plan. The best urban outcomes start with a clear idea about purpose, identifying or shaping the soul of the place. To articulate what a city or urban area is seeking to become, brings order to a design and creates a clear framework around which investment can be prioritised and staged. Changes in market conditions, access to capital, social questions, housing and leisure demands &c. require constant tuning and flexibility built around a strong set of ideas that ensure whatever the outcome, it maintains its sense of coherence and purpose.
By creating a strong sense of place, imbedded in the surrounding context, the likelihood of positive interaction and engagement increases. People visit and choose to stay and invest in a place primarily because of the positive experiences they have in the public realm – the streets and spaces. These meaningful experiences are the capital of urban design and a key factor in generating future commercial value. Since we’re all part of and competing within a connected worldwide economy, a successful place will need to generate moments that have the potential to instantly go global through social media.
At EYKING we’re good at coming up with poetic concepts that have a strong sense of place, generating meaningful experiences to make sure the younger and future generations continue to appreciate and to invest in our cities.
Bart Eyking holds an Urban Design, Msc (Hons) degree of the Delft Technical University in the Netherlands. He has over 20 years of experience as an urban designer, working on significant national and international integrated developments and master planning projects in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and China. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the vision for the Deltametropolis of late Dirk Frieling, a prominent Dutch urban planner and civil servant. To transform the Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht) to a city region of international size: a European Deltametropolis. As director of Urban Design at Bo.2 in the Netherlands he was responsible for the urban design of various urban expansions, town centres and public spaces.
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