Population growth, immigration and the growing gap between rich and poor are major challenges for housing and urban planning in large cities. Vertically Integrated Socialism suggests a pragmatic system that incorporates the conflicting needs, interests and aspirations of different social classes.
Nicolas Grenier placed a studio in the church of the Grootseminarie and a model of the entire building. A video explained the concept of the social integration model.
Vertically Integrated Socialism is an architectural template that is designed to concentrate and organise the economic, political and social inequalities of the modern metropolis. Residents themselves choose how they participate in this microcosm and whether it results in order and stability or unrest and revolution.
Nicolas Grenier (b. 1982, Montreal, CA) is interested in the skewed relationships between political, economic, cultural and social systems that we endure and in the principles – or lack thereof – that underlie them.