Design-based research

Exploring the future in design

All administrators should treat themselves to a research design. It is an enormous help when it comes to making planning choices. We explore the past, analyse the present and design the future. A number of options are still available for the future. Research design helps to gain insight into their spatial consequences and possible yield. In research design we and our partners explore the possible directions for the future and we formulate coherent variants. We visualise them in scenario charts and impressions to help them to grasp what they might want. In this way we help our principals to join with administrators, experts and citizens in looking for the future that we would like to bring about.


Strootman and Fennema advies have come up with several development options for the future of Elswout as a first step towards a master plan elaborating the vision for the management, use and running of the estate.

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.

Drinking water 2040

Strootman Landschapsarchitecten conducted a strategic exploration of the drinking water supply in Overijssel after 2040. This strategic exploration critically analyses the present drinking water supply in the light of a number of social developments in Overijssel and in the rest of the world.

Experience Design-based research