Urban fringes of the Network City Twente

During the last few years the municipalities in the Network City Twente – Almelo, Borne, Hengelo, Enschede and Oldenzaal – have made all kinds of plans for the urban fringes. Strootman Landschapsarchitecten has merged them into an integral and collective vision.


Stadsranden Netwerkstad Twente


Regio Twente, gemeenten Almelo, Borne, Hengelo, Enschede en Oldenzaal, Ministerie van I en M, provincie Overijssel, en Waterschap Regge en Dinkel


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Surface Area

100.000 ha

Design Year




The urban fringes of the Network City Twente form special and dynamic transition zones with both urban and rural characteristics. They are at the centre of political and administrative interest because they offer opportunities for housing, recreation and tourism, new forms of economy on the edge of the city to replace agriculture, and as a recreational area for the city.

During the last few years the municipalities in the Network City Twente – Almelo, Borne, Hengelo, Enschede and Oldenzaal – have made all kinds of plans for the urban fringes. Jointly with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the province of Overijssel, the Twente region and the Regge and Dinkel Water Board, these five cooperating municipalities have now merged the different subsidiary visions into an integral and collective vision for the urban fringes of the whole Network City.

In this connection the possibilities and desiderata of designating parts of the urban fringes of the Network City as a State Buffer Zone have been explored, a subsidiary investigation of the possibilities and desiderata for related social policy has been conducted, and a joint implementation programme has been drawn up.

On the basis of this vision, the development or preservation of the urban fringes can be tackled with new élan to promote recreation and tourism, to enable new forms of enterprise in the urban fringes, and to take practical steps towards quality improvement.

To translate the principles listed above into specific interventions and to place the current policy and the projected formulated by the local authorities within a framework, a toolkit has been developed consisting of six instruments: Green lobes; Green wedges; Improvement of the city-countryside transition; City-nature interweaving zone; Recreational network: circular routes; Recreational network: radial routes.

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