Current issues of sustainability play a prominent role in the agency's regional and landscape design tasks. Starting from a study of the specific landscape qualities, or the "genius loci" of a place, principles are formulated for planning, whereby these qualities are retained and strengthened and, in addition, new and contemporary programs are added; landscape building, nature building, circular agriculture and recreational shared use or the perception of the landscape go hand in hand. Through design research, integrated solutions are sought for challenging issues. From large-scale water tasks where safety and nature development are paramount, to finding innovative solutions for sustainable and nature-inclusive agricultural land use.
It is, by the way, an approach that is not new; in times when the technical possibilities were not unlimited, the possibilities and impossibilities of the landscape determined the occupation of man for many centuries. Occupation took place where groundwater was accessible and where there was no risk of flooding; fields were laid on transitions from high to low, where the soil was sufficiently fertile and moist; the possibilities lay in the limitations of the landscape. The relationship between natural and cultural processes determined the nature and appearance of the landscape; of our living environment.
Such an approach provides plans that meet the need for identity and location, but also the objectives of sustainability and climate adaptation.