Is it unacceptable to start urban development with the rediscovery of the productive power of slowness?
A strategic master plan was to be developed for the town of Landen, Belgium, and the surrounding villages to link and activate various forms of mobility and leisure cultures. This was achieved by setting landscape priorities and selectively activating existing village structures.
The Landen Loop is the “instrument” of a discovery: an urban planning strategy based on new, gentle forms of mobility. It is to be understood both physically and mentally as a way and nexus that reassembles the seven identified townscapes of Landen (centrumsstad, touristenstad, dorpenstad, ...): specifically, individually and coherently. The urban development strategy of the Landen Loop uses what is already there and the existing potential to link it to a new landscape. The centre is strengthened, the villages are connected and developed further in their characteristics, vastness is staged. Along this promenade, there are different focal points and density possibilities, a “light urbanism” that corresponds to the unique character of the landscape. The Landen Loop is not a fixed master plan, but a trend-setting and dynamic instrument to rediscover Landen.