On 22 January, a start-up evening was organized in the garden hall of the Roermond City Hall for the drafting of a layout plan for the public space of the Munsterplein. MTD landscape architects, who won the assignment for drawing up the design plan, presented an analysis and starting points for design this evening. It was a successful evening; there was a good turnout, there were many applications for the sounding board group and there were many reactions to the presentation. At the start of the evening, Alderman Raja Fick emphasized the importance of the Munsterplein for Roermond and the importance of the input of residents and entrepreneurs in the planning process. People rely on a fruitful process and a result that leads to a vital Munsterplein. In the design plan for the Munsterplein, it concerns the preservation of cultural-historical and spatial qualities and the addition of contemporary landscape architectural and architectural elements and programs in the square; it involves improving the routing on and across the square and strengthening the accommodation quality.
The presentation by MTD landscape architects began with an analysis of the development history and spatial qualities of the Munsterplein; the origins of the square, its development history, the connection with the Munsterkerk and the center of Roermond and its rural significance. A number of possibilities were shown to strengthen the cultural-historical and spatial qualities of the square. For example, various means were shown to make the development history of the square visible again. For example, by specializing the pavement and by introducing specially designed objects.
In order to strengthen the quality of stay and the use of the square, various suggestions were made. This included the idea to strengthen the green qualities of the square.
A specific topic concerned the lighting of the Munsterplein. This underlined the importance of lighting for the atmosphere, the quality of the stay and the intimacy of the square in the evening.
The visitors of the evening reacted in a positive way to strengthening the routing, the cultural-historical values and the lighting of the square. The preservation of the ecclesiastical function of the Munsterplein was also underlined.
The start-up evening has yielded a rich harvest for the follow-up process. This will be followed up with the next sounding board group.
The realization of the design plan for Munsterplein is stated for the course of 2019.