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Panorama Lokaal

Urban competition on urban-rural fringe visions


Launched in 2019, Panorama Lokaal is a two-phase design competition focused on residential neighbourhoods on the outskirts of cities. In the first phase, local stakeholders can form a coalition and register a location. A maximum of seven locations will be chosen for which local coalitions formulate a design assignment aimed at innovation. In the second phase, creative teams develop design proposals for those locations and a jury selects a winner.


This tool is an initiative of the Board of Government Advisers of the Netherlands, chaired by the Chief Government Architect (Rijksbouwmeester), who advises the government on spatial quality.


During the first phase, local coalitions are invited to submit a location which focuses on a residential area built in the 1960s, 70s or 80s, and which is located on the edge of a city. In order to do so, municipalities, housing associations, residents and other local parties form a coalition and jointly register a location. The Board of Government Advisors then selects a maximum of seven locations, and for each, the local coalitions formulate a joint assignment aimed at innovation. This, in turn, provides the basis for the creative teams in the next phase, during which the design teams working on the assignments are required to constitute a multidisciplinary team, of which at least one member must be on the architectural register. An expert jury, led by the Chief Government Architect, selects three teams per location who are then allowed to develop their proposals further. Ultimately, the jury selects one proposal as the winning team. Panorama Lokaal will work to provide a follow-up assignment for this team, aimed at the realization of the plans.


Panorama Lokaal is an innovative design competition focused on residential neighbourhoods on the outskirts of a city, promoting partnerships among the municipality concerned and local stakeholders, as well as the establishment of multidisciplinary design teams. In doing so, the process goes beyond being merely a simple design competition, instead encouraging a special approach to the design of projects. Although only one project will be ultimately realized, the overall process of the design competition promotes and fosters a place making culture.



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