Capperi parklet-terrace is a comfortable terrace on the slightly inclined street Rikhardinkatu. Nine Parkly-modules take over two parking spots and turn the spot into an enjoyable spot for eating togethe. The parklet’s greenery consists of pollinator friendly plants and scented herbs. Easily set up, take down and store for the winter, it is set to come back next spring again.
Greener daycare yards
Greener daycare yards is a project to turn the everyday surroundings of children into more diverse, green and playful. The project’s focus was on using placemaking and urban design methods to facilitate change and help daycares to start urban gardening activities. Parkly-modules are used for urban gardening in two daycares and they are ideal height for children’s use too. Parkly-modules are ideal for rough surfaces like sand and asphalt to add more greenery and comfort. The project was run by RaivioBumann as part of Green Capital Lahti 2021 project.
Kalasatama pocket park
Smart Kalasatama and BGreen projects by Forum Virium Helsinki test and experiment on new solutions for innovative districts in Helsinki. Parkly forms a welcoming pocket park for the residents, turning residents’ window views greener and offering a communal herb garden for everyone to use. Parkly in Kalasatama is a good example of positive phasing: bringing more green to the newly built area in early phases. It also functions as a platform for Forum Virium data harvesting, hosting different sensors and communicating about the sensoring process to the public. As part of the project, we carry out facilitation and user monitoring to analyse the use of the space.
Vuotori: Greener square for all
Parkly in Vuotori creates a green hangout spot with a lot of seating for people to stop over. The custom patterned modules also work as an informal space for small events too. The highlight of Vuotori Parkly is the book exchange unit, which is widely popular and in active use daily. As the area is undergoing re-development, Parkly visualises the possible future of the square and offers improvements. The modularity of Parkly works especially well in an open space where different combinations are easy to create. The friendly stopover was commissioned by Vuotalo-cultural centre, Vuosaari Library and The Adult Education Centre.
Outdoor meeting place and garden
Parkly forms a lush and welcoming meeting space at the startup campus Maria01. The pocket park is inviting visitors to take a break and enjoy the green. According to studies, people who have access or can view greenery during their working hours are generally happier at work. The biophilic design approach combined with urban gardening makes Parkly a truly multifunctional platform to envision better cities and working environments.
The pollinator-friendly plants are supporting the local honeybees, which are situated at the rooftop by the Humblebee Housing Project. Parkly also collaborates with Restaurant Starter for special harvest lunches.
Parkly -placemaking study for Malmi-district
Parkly is an exchange platform in the Malmi-district to collect local data and input from the residents. The green popup space, commissioned by Forum Virium’s Smart City -project and the city of Helsinki’s Urban renewal project, is an intervention to study the place dynamics, strengths and map out stakeholders. It is also testing climate-wise solutions by adding urban green to alleviate the urban heat island effect and help manage the urban runoff waters. It also is a stopover for pedestrians and city bike users alike. As a result of the place studies and people consultation, we formulated a placemaking strategy for the planners of the market area. The main themes of the strategy are Urban nature, Children’s city and Market life.
Safer school streets
Parkly-modules are part of a larger area plan around the Suutarinkylä school in Helsinki. The project aims to encourage children to walk or cycle to school and to provide a safer and pleasant school route. As part of the project the school surroundings got a splash of colour with murals and street paintings, there are more green plants and seating on the schoolyard and the nearby street is partly pedestrianised for slower traffic and safe routes. The project is designed and led by Helsinki City and WSP, funded by The Partnership for Healthy Cities network supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies in partnership with the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies.