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Interview with Marcel Eekhout

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Editor Frank Scott (FS) from DesignPRWire has interviewed designer Marcel Eekhout (ME) for A’ Design Awards and Competition. You can access the full profile of Marcel Eekhout by clicking here.

Interview with Marcel Eekhout at Tuesday 12th of March 2013
Marcel Eekhout
FS: Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
ME: I am a landscape architect and fascinated bij landscapes and outdoorspace. I want people te enjoy themselves and recreate in the landscape. Thats why I chose for this profession.

FS: Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
ME: Parklaan landscape architects is specialised in landscaping cultural heritage. We translate the past to the present and future.

FS: What is "design" for you?
ME: Design is for me making outdoorspaces that function well and have a own character; 'form follows identity and function'

FS: What kinds of works do you like designing most?
ME: translate the story of essence of history into the landscape of today and tomorrow

FS: What was the first thing you designed for a company?
ME: woolandparks and nature areas in the Urban Metropool of Holland with surface measures of 200- 1000 acres.

FS: What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
ME: The material depends on the concept but i like working with plantings, soil, relief, water vegitation, wood and concrete

FS: What makes a design successful?
ME: that people feel at home when they use it, and enjoy it and when it functions well.

FS: When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
ME: site specific and functioning well

FS: From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
ME: make designs that last for a very long time and have a certain flexibility. C2C

FS: Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
ME: I am inspired by natural landschapes but also by good designed places. I like to see modern ballet and art.

FS: Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
ME: i live in the Netherlands. I am influenced a lot by cultural heritage of Europe and the watersystem of Holland.

FS: What skills are most important for a designer?
ME: communication and inpiration

FS: Who are some of your clients?
ME: gouvernemental organisatons, and (cooperations of) privat clients

FS: Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
ME: I work in a network of specialist. The kind of specialists depends on the question we have to solve

FS: Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
ME: We just designed a klimate dike for the Westerschelde near Breskens- Vlissingen. We combined technological aspects for protecting peolpe against the water of a super strom and the history of the fortification Frederik Hendrik

FS: How can people contact you?
ME: mail to post@parklaan.nl


FS: Thank you for providing us with this opportunity to interview you.

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