Groen Lint Master class, 2014

Project in collaboration with J. Heyvaert, M. Boudry & J.-J. Lobbes

This project was the result of a 7 day master class hosted by the city of Oostend to explore the potential of a grassland area along the green ribbon (groen lint) cycle and pedestrian network as a food park named the Hortillonnages.

The proposed design took its cues from the existing topography with its creeks, gullies and channels. Currently a polder water system is implemented on site with a low winter level and high summer level. This will be changed in favour of a more natural system with high winter level and low summer level. To strengthen the topography and maintain the water attenuation capacity of the area some of the banks of the ditches which cross and surround the site will be re-modeled to be shallower.

This topography of soft sloping banks, low lying marshlands and new bodies of water is proposed to be used for riparian agriculture. By shifting the majority of the areas production system on to the banks, ponds and low lying marshlands, the creek plateaus and ridges could be freed up for more conventional park functions e.g. playing and relaxing.