WHO ARE WE?
In every urban or landscape project that it is a part of, OMGEVING not only seeks out the spatial but also the societal value it can add. OMGEVING lets this commitment filter through into its research, design, and its construction work. The design company sustains the human scale of its projects through the principle of cooperative collaboration. Collectivity – in both substantive and process-oriented terms – is a key concept for OMGEVING. Teams that have been carefully composed for each project create a network of strategic alliances, through which disciplines and areas of activity are drawn together according to requirements, both internally and from external parties.
This constant exchange of knowledge gives rise to comprehensive contextual analyses, critical questions, lively discussions, integrated approaches, surprisingly creative and innovative but still feasibly realistic and technically correct solutions, trains of thought based on alternative approaches, personal relationships, a receptive attitude, and intensive dialogue with our public or private clients. Trust is an essential part of such cross-pollination – the ingenious final outcome is never due to a single brain, but to many individuals collaborating. This gives us the space to flexibly employ scenarios, visions, and interim situations, while it also allows us to disseminate the knowledge we have gained with a degree of wilfulness in public debates.
And so, since 1973 it is not only the projects but the horizontal structure of OMGEVING itself that has been based on dialogue, cooperation, and cross-pollination. Over eighty experienced and dedicated spatial planners, landscape architects, urban planners, geographers, engineers and just as many personalities make up our two fields of activity – Landscape architecture and Urbanism. The clear but dynamic structure provides an overview of the wide range of large and small-scale projects that this independent and multidisciplinary design company with offices in Antwerp and Ghent takes on. In the city, in the suburbs or far beyond, OMGEVING tackles complex spatial issues and challenges on a wide array of scales – from cross-border spatial visions for landscaping plans, parks, and public spaces through to buildings, complex planning processes, and street furniture. Our approach allows us to immediately assess design interventions at a larger scale in respect of their possible consequences at a lower level, and vice versa too. It’s not just about the scale, it’s about the typology, the social impact and the street-level experience too. Every decision is a part of a flexible and results-oriented vision.