We aim to make our towns and villages healthier and greener. But then how do we make more room for pedestrians and cyclists, for meeting one another and for just hanging out? How can we make our public spaces more climate-adaptive, sustainable, and future-proof? And where can we find room for all the other necessary traffic functions in a city? In short: how do we allow for and integrate all these ambitions, and how do we make them visible in the street?
As a landscape architect in the world of mobility and space, I see myself as a kind of director whose task is to find integrated answers to all those questions. I’m someone who makes connections, and in that regard I view traffic explicitly as a component of the totality of public space. I don’t just look from “kerb to kerb but from façade to façade”, allowing scope for all the broad ambitions and ensuring the right balance between them, from the initial concept through to the specifics, and from the strategy to the street.
My areas of expertise include thinking in visual concepts and strategies, spatial integration of traffic issues, and creation of green and healthy design plans for public space. What’s essential is effective visualisation so as to communicate the vision and the plans as clearly as possible. Quality visuals are essential for ensuring the right perception, for a pleasant process, and for strong support.
The process of arriving at an integrated design isn’t just a matter of one-way communication, so I like to involve other disciplines and stakeholders. I talk to politicians, civil servants, entrepreneurs and residents, and I make sure they all understand one another’s interests. That’s the only way we can join together to get our towns and villages ready to meet today’s challenges and those of tomorrow.