We believe in the possibilities which lie in the social, cultural and aesthetic capital. With the Polymeren, Årslev shows the significance of how the cultural and social life creates an identity for the city. Therefore the strategy is to reinforce the meaning of communities. The development of the city isn’t driven by a central systematic subdivision, nor decisions made by the municipality, it is growing organically where it makes sense and driven by a diversity of small communities, which exists and grows on their own grounds.
A viable society is a complex network of relations, where small societies and communities can manifest themselves around resources and different tasks. Connecting the new neighborhood with the existing, build organic from culture drivers and creates a network-based town as opposed to the centralized city. Each area is community-based and derived from existing resources and opportunities. Each area is located around a cultural driver, which functions as the social foundation.
Three new housing areas will be connected to the existing structure, divided by green areas to maintain the connection to the landscape. New formations of landscape elements will connect to the old town and establish new territories in the new. The new lakes, forests, alleys, and dikes will emphasize the existing landscape and simultaneously make it more vital and inviting. The formation of the landscape elements will communicate the transition
in scale from the town and into the great open field and at the same time establish a relationship between the old and the new town. The existing microclimate and biodiversity will be reinforced and more viable. The rainwater management will be visible in the landscape and together with the new landscape formations elements create attractions and new territories close to the housing.