What challenges does urban residential building face today? How can cities adapt to changing demographic, economic and ecologic circumstances, as well as to the new requirements of future residents? What is currently considered as exemplary residential building? These were the questions posed by the Ungewöhnlich Wohnen! (Unusual Living) contest, held by the city of Bremen in 2011. It sought proposals for five housing developments from the nineteen-fifties and nineteen-sixties. The objective was to amalgamate hybrid usages, such as living and working etc., integrating them into the city and society. The city was also to be made more attractive for newcomers. This book provides detailed documentation of the five winning designs by Spengler-Wiescholek (Hamburg), Arno Brandlhuber, Finn Geipel, BarArchitekten (all from Berlin) and Kempe Thill (Rotterdam). These exemplary models of qualitative, sustainable and achievable residential buildings are complemented by twenty further projects in Bremen, whose standards and aspirations are on a par with the award-winning designs.