‘OPEN’ Amstetten Masterplan
Urban density of a given area is determined by connectivity, ease of use, and proximity. The equation is circular and ever changing, constantly reinforcing itself. Because of Amstetten’s strategic position and potential, we propose an intensification of the existing city fabric through a progressive implementation process in the sites during the next years with the goal of building higher density nodes that will drive the growth of new urban centers in a new scale and quality. This strategy ‘will’ act as a catalyst or seed that will start to grow and create new value and allow new functions to develop as it expands outward to regenerate the Amstetten city image, programmatic offerings and use ability for its people.
The existing urban fabric of Amstetten follows a clear separation between public and private functions. This isolates the programmatic areas and the users. As it exists, there is little to connect these areas and no sense of circulation. Our proposal breaks with that old zoning concept to create a more open use of space. We propose to rigorously blur the boundaries between public and private space, the definition of inside and outside, and the designation of local and non-local users.