City Village CO-10

Co-Creating Circular City Villages

We are a sustainable development start-up company that combines the experience and expertise of its founders (Pete Halsall and Kimmo Rönkä) in ecological construction and community living.

Our CO-10 principles bring together issues related to construction, housing, property management, services and global responsibility through research, planning, design, and extensive collaboration and co-development. Our business model is different from traditional residential construction. The City Village CO-10, which we established, is a for-profit, sustainable development corporation that establishes non-profit housing cooperatives for residents and ensures that affordable housing is successful in the long term. The business model is to make living environmentally sustainable and affordable for residents and our own profitability comes from how well we succeed in this task.

We want to promote entrepreneurial activity that facilitates more affordable and sustainable lifestyles through innovative and creative housing solutions. Henry Ford once said, “A car can be any colour as long as it is black.” What he meant was that to make these cars accessible to customers and affordable to them, there are limitations. We say that “every resident can have the apartment they want, as long as it is green.”In the long run, green means affordability; it is also about a healthier, happier and more satisfying life.

We believe that communal living and the communal concept of collaborative consumption will help people save not only money but also time. The spaces we plan to create with the residents encourage them to spend more of their time on the good things of life: time with loved ones and friends, maintaining hobbies and hopefully also exercising, enjoying healthy food etc.

More information:

Kimmo Rönkä,,+358 50 339 7550

Pete Halsall,,+44 7427 105068

Our vision

“ The core concept is the experience of living in a magical Finnish forest – and what sights, sounds, smells and treasures you might find there; a small holding with chickens, pigs and ducks; some lovely locally grown food; flowers; a British pub mysteriously appears; inspiring and uplifting artwork and places to live, work and play. Much of the buildings and fitments are made from materials and things which have been repurposed and brought back to life; turned from unwanted and discarded things into useful and beautiful things; user friendly and useful technology to make life easier – the whole festooned with the shrubs, trees, moss and flowers of the forest. Most of all an abiding, genuine and convivial community spirit of people and children from all walks of life and all ages, and the smiles and friendships to go with all of that.”

CO-10 Criteria

  1. Collaboration. It is all about the ability and the will to work together. Being curious and networking across traditional silos. Working with cities, companies, consultants and researchers. Networking both nationally and globally.
  2. Co-creation. Partnership, participatory design and community management. Many hands in design, construction & maintenance. 
  3. Co-housing. Village mix in an urban context: an intergenerational community with mixed incomes.
  4. Collaborative consumption. Assessing and driving consumption patterns towards sharing based socio-economic models. Examples in food, energy, transport and general consumption (clothes, toys, tools etc). 
  5. Co-living. Living as a service; with interfaces to the neighborhood through hybrid / flexible space concepts. Mobility as a service. Zero parking, car sharing services, cargo bikes.
  6. Co-circularity. Circular economy rigour and synergies at household, community, neighborhood and corporate scales.
  7. CO2 neutrality in construction. Using CLT/LVL: advanced timber frame/volumetric construction; hybrid – modules/bespoke. Renewable energy and materials.   
  8. Collating data. Collecting, analyzing and feeding back data to facilitate and enhance sustainability and well-being.  
  9. Conscientious use of UN SDGs. Application of the 17 goals/ principles to each stage of the development process.
  10. Combining beauty, arts, science and culture for well-being. Total design ethos (not style) of Bauhaus (beauty, arts and culture). British and Finnish arts and crafts tradition rejuvenated for a modern context.  

CO-Creation Process

We call our co-create process “Tram Stations and Tram Lines” to help to envision a structured and organised series of stages; a journey with specific goals and outcomes; opportunities and also constraints.

By “Tram Stations” we mean key stages in the process which are workshop based; experts and other participants may get on at a particular stage, a station, to provide input and advice as needed. The workshops constitute a number of didactic (educational), discursive and design workshops around specific themes and intended outputs. Briefing materials are provided in advance. Participants are expected to continue working on and thinking about the co-creation process and their goals between each of the workshops – with webinars between the workshops to provide further support. All is recorded and documented at each stage.
By “Tram Lines” we mean the programme, timetable, sequence and commercial aspects of the process; which are fixed. We also mean by this the rules, or limitations, of the process, so that expectations are carefully managed at the outset and participants know clearly what is expected of them. What they are asked to co-create, and what they are not. Participants will need to financially commit at the outset to the exercise as contributions to the additional costs of running an intensive participatory design process.

There will be 6 workshops over a period of 6 months with pre workshop webinar briefings for each of the workshops; a commitment from the participants of 8 days in total for the 6 workshops, 9 hours in webinars, as well as time to review/ read the briefing materials and to think about how they want to live and how they would like their flat and the wider development to be – as well as to discuss and debate all of this within the house hold. A lot of commitment over a 6 month period, but with a potentially very valuable prize out of it – an amazing apartment in an amazing co-living development in central Helsinki.
We will seek to ‘recruit’ people into this process, rather than use conventional marketing approaches and techniques. No doubt more creative and adventurous types will be drawn to this project. A key aim, however, is to try to recruit people into the process who may lack confidence or self belief – or believe that they are not creative or knowledgeable enough – to take on something of this nature and we will incorporate a life coaching element and tools within the programme to hopefully widen the appeal of the development and the co-create process to the broader population.

Who We Are
Pete Halsall

Pete Halsall


Pete Halsall is chair of City Village CO-10 Oy and has promoted the CityVillage concept in the Nordics and the UK. He was m.d. and co-founder of BioRegional Quintain which had a development programme of £350m – notable projects being the seminal “One Brighton” 172 apartment project in Brighton and the Middlehaven urban regeneration project. He is a former chair and director of the Good Homes Alliance, a member of the Tarmac external sustainability panel, a fellow of the Leeds Sustainability Institute and an advisor to Innovate UK
Kimmo Rönkä

Kimmo Rönkä


Kimmo Rönkä is CEO of City Village CO-10 Oy and works as a Future Living Specialist in his own consulting company, Rönka Consulting. He is an innovator and a design thinker whose passion is to co-create and design new human-centric living concepts, and implement them to multiple city environments. Besides many years of consulting, Kimmo has been also working as a Future Living Specialist at the Finnish Housing Fair Co- operative, CEO of a social housing company, Setlementtiasunnot, and as the Director of Future Home Institute at the University of Art and Design Helsinki.

Pete Halsall

Founder, Chair

+44 7427 105068,

Kimmo Rönkä

Founder, CEO

+358 50 339 7550