The anonymous field of boxes along highways and on industrial sites are often mentioned in the discussion about spatial quality and the scattering of the open Dutch landscape. In the Netherlands logistics is of great economic importance and it generates a growing need for storage space. Within logistics up-scaling is a trend and with it the need for space grows. There are hardly examples in this sector of stacking floor space, placing parking on the roof or for example greenhouses. Using the roof as an energy field (with e.g. solar panels or algae farms) is still not a standard.
Another major issue is the growing concentration of labour in these areas. More and more products undergo a further treatment on these sites (VAL: value added logistics) before they are transported again. Therefore the business terrain is not only a temporary storage location, it also becomes a working environment which deservers our attention. Business areas are often seen as an attack on the open landscape and our living environment, yet a growing number of people spends a great deal of their time there. Important themes in this context are spatial quality and good facilities, but also the way these working environments are integrated within the surrounding landscape.
Great ecological and economic advantages are created when we bring together functions which are in large demand of energy, water and materials. Clustering and where possible stacking of these functions makes mutual exchange of excess and rest products possible. A lot of cycles can be closed on site.