Martin Knuijt tells the reader about the rythm of cities and public space as a landscape architect at OKRA. In the past sixty years, many cities chose to pedestrianise their city centres, reducing the variety of activities in their public spaces. Citizens in many city centres do use public space in a very flexible manner – cars, trams, people, all mix. In spite of this flowing movement of people, current public space often does nothing to take advantage of this. In general most parts of the city centre are too monotonous. A large part has to do with its poor public realm.
“We have to make interplay between ‘relax’, the most harmonious form of ‘place’, with ‘flux’, the most proper way of movement. Embracing the normal ebb and flow of public spaces those of flux and relax.”