August 22, 2014

Paracity offers a quick solution to reconstruction

The Paracity modules designed by Marco Casagrande are blocks measuring six cubic metres.
The Paracity modules designed by Marco Casagrande are blocks measuring six cubic metres.
MESSUKESKUS/HABITARE

The Finnish architect Marco Casagrande has come up with an innovation: a city structure made from laminated wood called Paracity. It can be used to quickly construct flats and even entire cities.

The Paracity modules, consisting of six-cubic metre blocks, can be combined and stacked, and flats and infrastructure can be built inside them. This enables people to build their own cities.

Paracity’s module structure is manufactured from Finnish cross-laminated pine.

“The idea of Paracity is the same as a slum, where the residents quickly claim the available space,” Marco Casagrande says.

Paracity can help solve problems related to urban decay and offers a fast solution for reconstruction.

In the first stage, Paracities will be built on a flood-ridden island in Taipei, Taiwan, a tsunami-prone area in Northern Fukushima in Japan and in Jakarta, Indonesia, all of which have a high probability of natural disasters and a desperate housing shortage. The module has been designed to withstand floods and earthquakes and is also fireproof.

“When finished, Paracity Taipei will be the world’s largest wooden building,” says Casagrande. “Production is expected to begin next year. At first, 200 to 400 cubes will be inhabited, and in the future, the city can easily be enlarged.”

Paracity can be viewed at the Habitare fair in Helsinki in September. Habitare is Finland’s largest interior decoration and design event.

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