Urban Cores – Landscape Zones
IBA City from 2003
The IBA city Dessau merged with effect to 1 July 2007 with Roßlau (Elbe) into the city of Dessau-Roßlau which participates in the IBA Urban Redevelopment since then.
Dessau-Roßlau is projected to shrink over the long term, evolving into a city with small, stable core areas with specific urban qualities. The core areas will be improved and their social networks strengthened. The demolition of surplus housing will occur mainly in the areas that lie between these, resulting in a coherent, central landscape zone: living in a green environment will become the norm. The landscape design will adopt principles from the Dessau-Wörlitz Garden Realm. The demolition sites will be planted with so-called “wild meadows”, which allow diverse and easily maintained landscapes to quickly flourish, forming the basis of the new landscape zone. The city offers citizens and initiatives the chance to sponsor specific plots of land, thereby taking responsibility for their maintenance and use.