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Design Guide Public Space, Groningen

MANUAL FOR AN INCLUSIVE PUBLIC REALM, GRONINGEN MUNICIPALITY (NL)

Commissioned by the municipality of Groningen, Felixx worked together with Goudappel, Stipo & Marco te Brömmelstroet on the ‘Leidraad Openbare Ruimte’ (Guide for the Public Space) of Groningen. The Guide is an inspiration document for a new kind of public space with less space for parked cars and bicycles and more space for green, sports, play and social interaction.

STREET AS STARTING POINT

The starting point of the Guide is the street. That is where the human scale is most prevalent. In order to design streets for people, it is important to rethink the street as “a shared space,” a public space for people rather than a mere functional connection from point A to B.

Later
Soon
Now

Ten Dimensions
The Guide proposes a design method in which mobility is no longer normative but where accessibility, safety, perception, health, social interaction, ecology, climate adaptation, economics and cultural history together make up the street. By naming these ten dimensions at the outset, a new balance between all these interests is created.

Street typologies
A selection of fourteen street typologies has been developed that together represent the entire street network of the municipality of Groningen. This enables us to position each street within the urban fabric.

Now, Soon and Later 

In order to visualize the spatial tasks of the future street, street analyses, inventories and inspirational images are made of the current situation, the new street after a redevelopment and a possible development of the public street domain in a further future. We call these stages Now, Soon and Later.

Later
Soon
Now

Street profile of Bedumerstraat with graph of the ten dimensions. Now, soon & later.

Iconic places 
The ambitions of the Groningen municipality require a long-term change of mentality. The Guide offers an attractive future for Groningen, the city and the village centers. Something to look forward to. Therefore, iconic places have been selected in the Guide where a future dream is visualized. The ten dimensions of the street have been applied to three characteristic Groningen places with corresponding street typologies. Each place represents a specific identity and role within the planning context of the city in the past, the now, soon and later.


Inspirational image of the Hogeweg © Plomp

On  December 22nd, 2021, the City Council approved the Guide for reorganizing mobility and public space throughout Groningen. The document shows which dimensions are necessary for a high-quality public space and helps the conversation with inhabitants about the opportunities for a better quality of life in the streets, the neighborhoods, the city and villages.

A copy of the intergral Guide can be downloaded as a pdf document here.

Year

2020 - 2021

Location

Groningen

Type

Research, Masterplan, Infrastructure, Landscape, Public Space

Team & partners

Michiel Van Driessche
John de Groot
Elan Redekop van der Meulen
Cherk Ga Leung
Shuangyun Chen
Goudappel
Stipo
Universiteit van Amsterdam

List
  1. Design Guide Public Space, Groningen
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  3. Eemsdelta Campus
  4. Hondsrug Park Amsterdam
  5. Railroad Zone Amsterdam
  6. Yangmeikeng Sea Boulevard
  7. Rijnvliet, Edible Neighborhood
  8. Healthy Tracks
  9. Towards a healthy city by foot
  10. Floating Gardens, Amsterdam
  11. The Unbound Amsterdam
  12. Seaside Gardens, Gufunes
  13. Brainport Smart District Helmond
  14. The Swan, Zwolle (NL)
  15. Spatial Framework Blankenburg Süden, Berlin
  16. 'Typhoon-proof' Shenzhen's East Coast
  17. Circular City Bodø 2.0
  18. Jonas Amsterdam
  19. A green entrance for the airport
  20. Public Space Alpen
  21. Cartesius Quarter
  22. Isle of Dikes
  23. Smakkelaarsveld Utrecht
  24. Darmstadt Masterplan 2030+
  25. Bao’An G107 Corridor
  26. Master Plan Ter Aar, Nieuwkoop
  27. Waterfront Novosibirsk
  28. City Square Tyumen
  29. Almazov National Medical Research Centre
  30. Strategic Urban Green Study
  31. Public Space Strategy Kanpur
  32. Quartierlandschaft Dietenbach
  33. ImageWharf
  34. Ódinstorg Square
  35. Overloon War Museum
  36. Lokhalle Leverkusen
  37. Ludlstrasse Munich
  38. Yaanila Country Park
  39. Redevelopment Strategy Vogabyggð
  40. Villa Garden
  41. City life in the woods
  42. Schie Quarter Schiedam
  43. Socio-technical city of the future
  44. Buji River
  45. Vaskhnil Novosibirsk
  46. Precincts Canterbury Cathedral
  47. Maritime Campus Almere
  48. Resilient Riverscape Berat
  49. Sijthoff
  50. Strategic Plan Shkodra
  51. Ekaterinburg City Campus
  52. Transformation Strategy Gufunes
  53. Transformation Strategy Chelyabinsk
  54. Fish Market Leuven
  55. Zinder Culture Cluster
  56. Food Innovation Strip Ede-Wageningen
  57. S4 Highway Hangzhou
  58. Strategic Plan Fier
  59. Strategic Plan Elbasan
  60. Kronenburg Business Park
  61. Dharavi Mumbai
  62. Masterplan Smáralind Mall
  63. Urban Test Farm Emmen
  64. Ásbrú Enterprise Park
  65. Asylum Seekers Center Ter Apel
  66. Berlin Am Volkspark
  67. The Museum of the 20th Century
  68. Gardabaer
  69. Metropolitan Westerpark Amsterdam
  70. Science and Technology City Chongqing
  71. Yue Xiu 353 Transformation
  72. 5YN3RGY
  73. Erlongshan Recreational Park
  74. Danxia Recreational Park
  75. Campus Lelystad
  76. Proto Tamansari
  77. City Gardens Tyumen
  78. Park Somerlust Amsterdam
  79. Agricultural Innovation Campus
  80. Bandar Lampung Park
  81. R&D Campus Fengxian
  82. S-West Eindhoven
  83. Biodiversity based dairy farming
  84. Heidelberg Creative Quarter
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