Ethical housing Vilnius

Ethical housing Vilnius
Algimantas Varpučanskis
Ethical housing is an idea of a housing model which is affordable, socially inclusive, eco-friendly, and corresponds to sustainable urban planning

Ethical housing Vilnius
Vilnius, Lithuania
Team members
Rasa Ilginė
Simas Kazlauskas
Tadas Šarūnas
Algimantas Varpučanskis
Field of work
Architecture, Urban planning, Research
Project category
Project submitted

We are a non-profit initiative based in Vilnius, Lithuania, consisting of architects/urban planners and sociologists. We have over 5 years of experience in analysing affordable housing practices in Europe, participating in discussions locally and internationally, working in a field of academic research. Part of our team are practicing architects with over 10 years of experience. Specializing in wooden construction, have experience in construction management and modular construction technologies.

Due to the complete absence of housing policy in Vilnius, living space in Lithuanian capital is increasingly becoming a luxury good of the rich. It not only leaves people with lower income behind, new housing estates by speculative developers create urban blight areas, which adds no value to the urban life. Skyrocketing real estate prices push the residents out of the city and become one of the driving factors for suburbanisation. This creates a dynamic of the most unsustainable type of development.
All the existing and upcoming crises, such as increasing energy prices, climate change, migration, and inflation are only making the matters worse. Therefore we need a swift and innovative approach to solve the housing crisis, which is increasingly getting worse.
Our aim is to challenge the status quo and raise the bar of current housing development quality. We intend to create a scalable model of housing development, which would:
Provide living space at an affordable price,
Create a vital and inclusive urban environment. Work together and embrace local communities, create space for local production, culture, arts, civic initiatives etc.
Use environmentally friendly methods of construction and allow residents to live in a way, that is less damaging to environment
Help planning institutions to implement their strategic goals of sustainable planning
In order to reach our goal we are:
-Gathering a future community of dwellers and developing methods of participatory design.
-Working with municipal institutions, which could provide possible sites for development.
-Working on guidelines to establish a platform, which would help to achieve a growth of magnitude.
-Looking for ways to make this model financially viable by consulting with banks and other financial institutions.
We base our work on existing practices such as:
Baugruppen (Germany)
Community Land Trust (UK)
Methauzersyndikat (Germany)
Stiftung Trias (Germany)
Staad in the Maak (The Netherlands)