On 24 September 2012 the Nederlandse Tuinbouwraad (NTR) (Dutch Horticulture Council) announced that Almere has been chosen to stage the 7th Floriade. The core of Almere’s plans is the development of a prototype of a Green City, a green variation of the Cité Idéale, where the Dutch horticultural industry can present itself to the world in 2022. The time has now come to flesh out the plans. The project organisation has started an exploration of how we can shape the Floriade in the coming ten years.
Aeres University of Applied Sciences Almere is commited to this project. In the coming few years a whole new district should be developed with different functions, like housing, commercial areas, innovation centres, educational facilities. The development around 'the green heart' of the city will generate interesting student projects for the near future.