The model of culture and wilderness

The approach of the master plan was based on the model of simultaneity of culture and wilderness, of distance and nearness of the visitor. To imple­ment this, a concept of zoned spaces was created in which natural and so­cial processes were partially controlled and partially left to their own dy­namics. With this approach, different goals could be combined with one another.

• In some areas, uncontrolled development of the new wilderness is al­lowed, without influence on the species composition. In this way, the

important role of non-native species in the vegetation of the Sudgelande and as a characteristic of urban vegetation was expressly accepted.

• In other areas, the open landscapes are maintained, within which succes­sion is to be controlled through maintenance. The goal is to maintain habitats for the characteristic, and often rare species of the grasslands and other non-woody vegetation communities. In these areas, remnants of the earlier railway uses should remain at least partly recognizable. The open areas allow the underlying cultural layer of the old railyard to be easily perceived, which contrasts distinctly with the naturally derived wilderness character of the woodlands.

• In a large part of the park, the visitor may move about completely freely. A newly created path system should open the site to visitors who otherwise would have no access to the urban wilderness of an aban­doned railyard.