2/2 Urbanscape Switzerland
When describing contemporary settlement structures, it is becoming increasingly necessary to dispense with the categories of "town" and "country". We live in a collage of urban, suburban and rural elements which, together, form a dense multi-core patchwork of different agglomerations. This development presents Switzerland with a number of difficult political problems. Solving them will be quite a challenge, especially to the institutional framework of Swiss federalism.

The contributors and case studies provide an up to date inventory which embraces urban development, sociological, geographical and economic trends. In addition the renowned Dutch architect's office MVRDV, which is known for it's non-conformist conceptions and work, has drafted a spatial vision for Switzerland from an outsider's point of view.