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‘The Learning City’ is our winning proposal for the circular city of tomorrow!

Karres en Brands and Adept is one of the winning teams of the international competition for a new 200ha district in Augsburg Germany.  With the proposal Haunstetten + The Learning City Karres en Brands and Adept have been awarded 2nd place and selected by the jury along with the other 2 winners for further negotiation.

Developed in an agricultural landscape at the outskirts of Augsburg, 30min away from Munich, it offers outstanding opportunities for high quality affordable housing. Fully built the new district will incorporate around 700.000m2 of program, generous public spaces and a large park.

The Learning City stands for our ambition to develop a truly sustainable district. A city that will be able to generate its own energy and produce a large part of its food intake and construction materials locally. Together with a very ambitious plan for recycling sharing and re-using materials our vision aims to minimize waste and promote a circular society. The Learning City puts forth an entirely new economic model built around circularity and connected to the nearby innovation campus.  

The Learning City is a vision that embraces and strengthens the qualities of the existing, as the starting point to create the city of tomorrow. A vision that links new and old, combines history and future and intertwines city and landscape.


The vision puts forth a highly adaptable and learning plan that can change as it develops. A simple and clear structure inspired by the underlying agricultural and natural landscape forms the basis of the plan and sets the framework for the future. Within this robust framework the city can change and adapt to the unexpected always learning and improving. Where traditional planning looks into rules and regulations the learning city offers freedom and experimentation: a timeless framework for city life.

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