October 13, 2017
The municipalities of Sint-Michielsgestel, Vught, Heusden and 's-Hertogenbosch together with foundation de Groene Vesting have the joint ambition to make the Linie 1629 or the Defense Line more visible and perceptible and give it a structured significance in the development of the landscape. De Linie 1629 is located at some distance from the center of 's-Hertogenbosch and runs through the outer area of the four municipalities. It is a great piece of engineering and part of the military machine, which played a crucial role in the Battle of 1629, in which Frederik Hendrik liberated 's-Hertogenbosch from the Spaniards. With this, the defense line is inextricably linked to the Fortress of 's-Hertogenbosch; attack and defense works. By the analogy of the development vision for the fortifications of the city 'Reinforced Den Bosch', the municipality of 's-Hertogenbosch commissioned a 'Linie book'(Feddes / Olthof; 2014), in which the development vision for De Linie 1629 is defined as a key element in within the landscape. The municipalities of Sint Michielsgestel, Vught, Heusden and 's-Hertogenbosch endorse the ambition of the Linie Book and will develop and materialize it further. To this end they commissioned MTD landscape architects / urban designers to draw up a development and implementation plan, based on individual projects which can subsequently be worked out, prioritized and realized.
In the eyes of MTD, the question of the development and implementation plan is to preserve and strengthen the cultural-historical, urban, scenic, recreational and ecological qualities of De Linie 1629, and design it as an important landscape element for the residents and visitors of Sint-Michielsgestel, Vught, Heusden and 's-Hertogenbosch. Hereby, all kinds of contemporary landscape and architectural elements and economically sound programs will be introduced; or in other words 'the Linie is being put in POSITION'.
The intention is to have the plans developed further this autumn and to present them to the individual municipalities.