General survey exhibition "Less is Future"

10 April to 16 October 2010 in the Bauhaus Dessau building

Visitors of the exhibition "Less is Future" // Photo: Yvonnne Tenschert, April 2010

The General survey exhibition "Less is Future" in the Bauhaus building in Dessau-Roßlau features an overview of the entire IBA process – in addition to the presentations of the local results in each of the 19 IBA Cities in Saxony-Anhalt.

The general survey exhibition in the Bauhaus Dessau presents the various projects of the IBA Urban Redevelopment 2010. The exhibition gives insight into past, present and future of the state of Saxony-Anhalt and the 19 cities participating in the IBA. From the presentation of each city’s innovative design projects, an overall picture of eight years of urban redevelopment emerges.


Nineteen audiovisual installations on the historical significance of the locations introduce visitors to the IBA cities. The transition section provides detailed insight into twenty years of urban development after German reunification. Artistic works, statistics and maps showing the causes and effects of the decline and make clear the reality that the IBA Urban Redevelopment 2010 initially encountered. The heart of the exhibition are the interventions and projects that have been implemented within the framework of the IBA since 2002. Labs focus on the themes city type, landscape, heritage of the built environment, education and identity. Work processes are visualized and the actors presented.

The exhibition dares three future scenarios in closing: a view of Saxony-Anhalt in 2050 with respect to the development of climate, landscape and city. Urban issues that will gain in importance due to ongoing demographic changes worldwide.

Accompanying the exhibition will be guided tours, exhibition talks and placement programmes for school classes.

Exhibition visit



Bauhaus Dessau
Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau-Roßlau

Opening hours

April 10 to October 16, 2010
Daily from 10:00 to 18:00


€ 6 / reduced € 4
Group rate for 10 people: € 5 / € 3
Young people up to and including 17 years free

The Bauhaus Dessau permanent presentation Workshops for Modernity can also be visited on the lower floor, at no extra charge for IBA entry ticket holders.


Further information by telephone at +49 (0) 340 / 65 08-100

Imprint of the exhibition

IBA Urban Redevelopment 2010 is a project of the state of Saxony-Anhalt. IBA-Büro GbR, comprised of the Saxony-Anhalt State Development Company (SALEG) and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, was commissioned for the execution, presentation and publication of the project. Executive Directors: Omar Akbar (until 2008), Philipp Oswalt (since 2009), Rüdiger Schulz.


  • Curator exhibition: Philipp Oswalt
  • Head of management, final presentation: Nicole Minten-Jung
  • Curatorial assistance: Kerstin Faber, Babette Scurrell
  • Research associates: Bernhard König, Ursula Achternkamp, Niklas Nitzschke with Katja Lehmann, Guilherme Werle, Gerit Veckenstedt, Peggy Hempel, Thorsten Krüger, René Weißbarth
  • Text editing: Florian Heilmeyer
  • Exhibition management: Christine Rüb
  • Interns: Doreen Pöschl, Kristin Teutschbein
  • Press and public relations: Maren Franzke, Dorothea Bethke
  • Translations: Rebecca Philipps Williams, Jörg von Stein
  • Proofreading and editing, German: Susanne Kubenz
  • Proofreading and editing, English: Haus der Sprache
  • Exhibition design: Peanutz Architekten, Elke Knöß-Grillitsch, Wolfgang Grillitsch und Markus Blösl GbR with Olga Maria Hungar, Ines Aubert, Jork Andre Dieter, Britta Sänger, Philipp Kring, Rubén Jódar
  • Graphic design, final presentation: German Design Institute / Katja Gretzinger
  • Exhibition installation: Robert Kruse Ausstellungstechnik and Team

Guest contributors to the exhibition amongst others:

  • Nikolaus Brade
  • Kai Dolata, and Stefan Rettich, KARO Architekten
  • Thomas Füting and Ulrich Brochhagen
  • Leibniz Institue for Regional Geography, Leipzig
  • Karl Heinz Leonhardt
  • Klaus Overmeyer and Rupert Schelle
  • Projektgruppe 1/11 (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation with the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Dessau-Roßlau and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)) Hans-Christian Schink


We would like to thank the IBA Office, the IBA cities and the IBA experts for their gracious assistance and unstinting advice.

Thanks to the following for the loan of items:

Bürgerverein e. V., Naumburg
Deutsche Homöopathie-Union DHU-Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG, Karlsruhe
Dieter Ehret, Hemsbach
Lutherstadt Eisleben
Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Offener Kanal Dessau
Stadt Bernburg
Stadt Bitterfeld-Wolfen
Stadt Halle (Saale)
Stadt Köthen (Anhalt)
Stadt Magdeburg
Stadt Quedlinburg
Stiftung Luthergedenkstätten in Sachsen-Anhalt, Lutherstadt Eisleben
Winckelmann-Gesellschaft e. V., Hansestadt Stendal