Dichtelust – Forms of Urban Coexistence in Switzerland
Opening: 23.11.2018, 7 PM
23/11/2018 an exhibition developed with support from the Basel City Cantonal Department of Construction and Transport will open: 'Dichtelust'.
In Switzerland, the concept of density has noticeably negative connotations. In Swiss political debates on urban development and land-use planning, density is often used as a discursive weapon, conjuring up terrible visions of "built up" cities and horrific scenarios with high-rise buildings "overrunning" the evolved city centres. This preconception has to be corrected. The exhibition will demonstrate what density actually means, namely sensible utilisation of buildable territory. This is because density does not automatically mean building upwards and, when used properly, is the best means of preventing "proximity stress".