Source: Planetary Architecture

This was a session at Untitled Festival 2020.

The Y-Foundation wants to experiment with a “Vertical Park” Prototype using ‘good life assets’.  Vertical Park is a next generation prototype of a living unit which combines working to housing, along with local food production, natural biodiversity and using Residents’ resources to promote their livelihoods. It is essentially a wooden structure for carbon-neutral construction where horizontal assets of good life are work, sustainability and residents’ own resources.

The role of housing is changing. Home, buildings and neighborhoods are becoming basic units of a vital city. The Y-Foundation has the capability to be this kind of transformative innovator in social housing. This is an open call for those who want to start working with us. The Vertical Park wooden structure would combine biodiversity, food production, carbon neutrality and a sustainable lifestyle, while bringing a new kind of social security and support to the local community for people in difficult life situations. The aim is to develop the concept to concrete implementation in 2020-2021 in order to start a detailed design process in 2022 and finally construction work in 2023.

Vertical Park is an idea that must be experimented with out-of-the-box thinkers as well as organizations that are capable of co-creating social housing in a new way. We have to redefine housing as a part of basic income and sustainable living in a city. With regenerative architecture we want to define the role of housing in a neighborhood. We need partners who want to start working in practical environments transforming the passive housing environments into active living environments. We need neighborhood activists, designers, architects, construction companies, service providers, third sector organizations as well as cities and local municipalities in order to evolve our prototype to new practice. 

 The Y-Foundation is one of the key national developers of the Housing First principle in Finland. The Y-Foundation offers affordable rental housing with a vision to eradicate homelessness and promote well-being and sustainable lifestyles among its Tenants. The hosts are Juha Kaakinen, CEO of Y-Foundation, Kimmo Rönkä, Future Living Specialist from Rönkä Consulting and Pekka Pakkanen, architect from Planetary Architecture.


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Images: The Y-Foundation (c)