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The architecture of the city

Meaningful and valuable at different scales

The city provides room for different activities to different groups of people. People share the city, but also need a place of their own. The essence of urban planning and architecture is the marking of the boundaries and hence the design of the transitions between private and public: two-dimensionally in a floor plan and three-dimensionally in a volume plan.
Thus, urban planning and architecture combine private and public, as well as individual and collective, interests. Literally, separate buildings form the backdrop of the city, the stage where urban life evolves. Spatial projects are meaningful and valuable at different scales at the same time.

On a conceptual level, the size of a project is not really an issue, be it a single building, a complex of buildings, or an area. On the contrary, it is important to think simultaneously in different scales, to realize the effects and impact of choices of one scale on the other.

Anna Vos Concepts for Urban Change is trained in handling this multiple perspective in developing concepts for residential areas, railway station areas, factory complexes, vacant offices, post-war neighbourhoods, historic city centres, urban regions, urban fringes, transition zones, village centres, obsolete business areas, shopping malls, etc.  

Thinking simultaneously is essential to our approach: at different scales, from past till future, crossing borders between disciplines, combining uses, linking parties involved.