The underlying landscape and water system constitute the basis for design and development; a sound ecological basis. In ‘From borders to bridges’ the spatial organisation of the plan is determined by the frequency of flooding. The river bed is extended as a result of which a reasonable water quality can be maintained. Moreover, maximum efforts are made on infiltration and reusing water. Different water qualities are separated and the water system is integrated in new urban developments. Contaminated water is filtered and recycled naturally. The river ecology is able to flourish by retaining water as long as possible and discharging it in stages. Consequently the city will have a healthy format for further growth and development of the ecological and social diversity.
The second plan layer consists of removing barriers and creating new connections. The urban districts to the east and west of the park are reconnected and the area is made accessible. Openness and connection are both literally and figuratively vital when removing physical and psychological barriers.