Under shrinkage conditions, the ratio of city to landscape must be re-negotiated. In the densely populated city, the green spaces primarily compensated for the built-up areas. In the less densely populated city, however, a more balanced coexistence can develop.

In view of the large amount of development land becoming available, the question arises of how to develop and maintain attractive and diverse landscapes, despite limited funding. Can the notion of an urban landscape give rise to new urban concepts? How much landscape can the city tolerate? Ideas about how city and landscape can collectively generate new forms of urbanity are still being sought. Often, a landscape design is perceived as temporary, until the urban sites are again turned over to development. However, is it not possible to view the landscape itself as an urban quality? Dessau-Roßlau, for instance, describes its cityscape as urban islands in a green corridor; Magdeburg is developing diverse landscapes along the river Elbe, while Schönebeck is focusing on re-naturation strategies that relate to the historic cityscape. In Weißenfels, a central green zone that connects the city’s historic layers is forming on derelict industrial sites.


Dessau-Roßlau, describes its cityscape as urban islands in a green corridor. Living in a green environment will become the norm.