Project Description

Specific themes for Sittard-Geleen are:
* the location in three landscapes: the Maas valley, the mid terrace and the hill area;
* the presence of two highways, the Juliana canal and the harbour area with much industry near Born;
* the influence of DSM and Chemelot, a big industrial area in Geleen;
* some historical important elements, like the old inner city of Sittard and all the castles in the surrounding.
The difference between the many villages and the cities Sittard and Geleen is reflected in the definition of the living environments. One of the main future themes is the handling of the expected shrink of the population in the western mine area. The council chose not to expand. They expect no new housing will be added, but for each raised house, an existing house will be demolished.

The ‘structuurvisie’ is set up using the layer method. These are the layers:
Layer 1: low-dynamic, with a changing term more than 100 years. This is the natural base of all development, like topography, nature, water, soil, archeology, monuments.
Layer 2: medium-dynamic, with a changing term between 50 and 100 years. This contains visible and invisible infrastructure and networks.
Layer 3: high-dynamic, with a changing term less than 50 years. This contains the occupation, housing, working-areas and facilities.
Each layer exists of a number of facet maps, both from the existing as the future situation. Also the relation between all spatial elements is analysed. This collection of maps is the base of the final ‘structuurvisie’ with a ‘structuurvisie’map

client Municipapality of Sittard-Geleen
period 2009 – 2010
design Petra Sala, i.c.w. DHV
projectteam Kingson Wu, Martijn Kool
type design regional design
photographer Urbis