LESS IS MORE
Created as the conceptual framework for the International Building Exhibition Urban Regeneration 2010, the study, “Less is More” developed trend-setting experimental strategies for the program, Urban Regeneration in Eastern Germany (Stadtumbau Ost) which far exceeded the purely economic perspectives on housing that had hitherto been formulated. Six operational methods – for extensivation, redeployment, freezing, demolition, coherence and stimulation – demonstrate how urban development may be steered by other means than simply investing in endless construction. The Prairie Town vision, a hybrid comprising extensive open landscapes and compact settlements, epitomizes a new type of town. For the state of Saxony-Anhalt, five model areas, each with its own specific settlement structure, are proposed as laboratories in which the aforementioned tools might be investigated in radically experimental ways.