Recovery of the Catharijnesingel canal by OKRA landschapsarchitect, 11th European Prize for Urban Public Space 2022

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Gemeente Utrecht, Witteveen+Bos, D. van der Steen BV.
42,000 sqm.
2016 > 2020.
Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Courtesy of OKRA landscape architects.

Martin Knuijt. OKRA landscape architects

OKRA landscape architects is a landscape architecture and urban design firm, founded by Martin Knuijt, dedicated to healthy living and a climate-adaptive public realm. Designing public space is an ongoing quest for harmony between the best solution for the demands of today and the ability to change. OKRA is specialized in the development of the urban landscape, both in planning and design.

Their assignments primarily centre on urban and urban-related projects, mainly comprising landscape architecture and urban and regional planning. They work on projects on both national and international scales and often in highly complex projects with many participants.

OKRA couples vision with strategy. They work from the vision and concept stage all the way to design and detail. They promote the notion that a truly consistent design is one in which the underlying concept must be clear in all aspects of the project, both as a whole aand in its finer details. The combination of conceptual planning and perfect implementation is central to OKRA’s core policy.

Martin Knuijt. graduated from the Wageningen University & Research with a Master in Landscape Architecture. He is the author of several publications on landscape and urban planning, published in leading European magazines. He has been a guest teacher at various universities in the Netherlands and regularly acts as a jury member. He has been keynote speaker at the IFLA Congress in Calgary, the CCCB Biennial in Barcelona, the EFLA Congress in Prague, at the 75th anniversary of the Technical University of Berlin, and at Tongji University in Shanghai. Martin Knuijt is an honourable member of the Russian Landscape Federation.



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