An article written by Adriaan Geuze, one of the founders and partner of West 8 urban design & landscape architecture and professor in Architecture and Urban Design.
West 8 is bases in Rotterdam and is a leading urban design practice that has won various international competitions. Geuze explains the thirty-year street vision by examples from Rotterdam with its post-war constructed city centre. He thinks that we need to go back to thinkers like Jane Jacobs and H.P. Berlage for a conceptual framework for urban design. Truly changing and improving plinths in a existing urban structure takes at least three generations.
“Creating a dense urban fabric creates the conditions for success within the streets. This requires not only a practical approach in the streets, but also a long-term vision for using unknown urban interventions of the next 30 years to gradually improve the urban fabric.”