The project discuss the appearance of ‘convergent spaces’ in the urban fabric and the tendency of seemingly homogeneous places with a risk of interchangeability and loss of site-specific identity. To handle this dichotomy, an approach from spatial sociology is added to the conventional spatial and physical understanding of sites through an additional mental and cultural interpretation of space. The southern districts in Augsburg serve as project area to verify the applicability of this approach.
Augsburg is located in South Germany and became an industrial base and rail hub in the mid-20th century. The railway history and culture within its urban and social structures is defining for the southern districts. As a result of structural changes in technology, society and economy abandoned land and a crisis of identity have emerged.
The cultural led urban transformation of the former rail yard and repair depot for locomotives contributes to the spatial and social development of a growing city with increasing pressure on land and resources. The proposed 'ringlocpark' acts on the one hand as the primary component of the new open space axis on the plateau of Augsburg and on the other hand as a suture of the urban gap within the southern parts of the city. The spatial conversion strengthens the existing built and cultural structures in a manner which establishes identity and enables the transition to a site-specific development for the new railway district in the 21st century.