Expo demonstrates quick, economical housing solutions
A Swedish experiment has created a new model to resolve long-standing urban housing challenges. Known as the Vallastaden model, 40 different developers created nearly 1000 residences in five years.
The project, which could disrupt traditional urban planning, focussed on creating a new district that was social, environmental and economically sustainable. Developers had a free hand to construct sustainable housing in the new community. The dozens of developers involved each created a uniquely different building. Within a single block you will find a mix of detached houses, apartment buildings, student housing and commercial spaces.
The result is a vibrant community that encourages residents to interact, according to the organisers. There is ample green and recreational space. The neighbourhood also features narrow streets and limited traffic.