Dichtelust – Forms of Urban Coexistence in Switzerland

In Switzerland, the concept of ‘density’ has noticeably negative connotations. In political debates on the country’s urban and demographic development, the term is often used to provoke fear: images of historic towns overrun with high-rise buildings illustrate an alleged ‘proximity stress’ (Dichtestress) and make balanced discussion impossible. The exhibition ‘Dichtelust – Forms of Urban Coexistence in Switzerland’ shows what density actually means: the thoughtful and compact utilisation of buildable territory. It examines different forms of historical density and contemporary redensification, and demonstrates how density contributes to quality of life by creating tangible added value for the individual, for society and for the environment.