What gives a place its identity?
There are thousands of different factors that determine the identity of a place, but primarily the experience and memory of a place are what leave the biggest impression on a person.
Cities and their landscapes are places that unfold layers of memory and undulating mosaics of continual and varying experiences of daily life past and present. The true identity of a place can sometimes become lost within the complex experiential mosaics of the urban realm as more and more layers of memory and experience are added upon one another. In other cases, parts of a city’s memory can be erased altogether as later layers are added, or if the importance of certain historic and cultural strata are forgotten. This can, in some cases, blur the identity of a place or erase it altogether.
This thesis aims to find a means through which the urban identity of cities like Kalundborg, a once proud city whose character has become less clear over time, can be strengthened using the existing values found within the place. By a close analysis of place, heritage, memory, and atmosphere, this project aims to renew the identity of the city center by layering different strata of both past and present cultural and natural heritage to create a master plan for the city that not only takes care of the historic layers of memory and identity, but also provides a way forward rooted in these layers without being anachronistic.