The material of the My Espoo on the Map survey is processed in Aalto University's research
- City planning
- Participation and influencing
Aalto University conducts research on the My Espoo on the Map material produced by residents of Espoo. The research will provide us with data on how we can plan a better environment for residents of Espoo.
Utilisation of extensive material
The residents of Espoo eagerly responded to the My Espoo on the Map survey in the autumn of 2020. Thanks to this, researchers now have an exceptionally large amount of material at their disposal: some 6,600 Espoo residents marked a total of almost 70,000 relevant places or development ideas on the map.
The survey was conducted by the Espoo Urban Planning Centre and the Department of Built Environment at Aalto University. The co-operation will continue after the survey is completed: the material will be utilised in Espoo's urban planning and research, which is part of the NordGreen project of the Nordic Nordregio research centre.
The material is studied from many perspectives
In the My Espoo on the Map survey, people from Espoo told where they move about and what their hometown looks and feels like in their daily lives. Site-specific data is examined from both a functional and experiential perspective.
A functional review helps outline e.g. important everyday places for city residents. Where and how do Espoo residents move about in their daily lives and leisure time? What are the special features of different districts? How are the boundaries of districts drawn in the daily lives of city residents?
In the survey, Espoo residents also expressed whether they perceived the places they marked on the map as positive or negative. Site-specific, experiential data indicates the perceived quality of the habitat. The research examines what kind of places are perceived as being positive or negative. Can we influence their perceived quality through urban planning? How, for example, do the experiences of pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and those using public transport differ from one another?
Research supports development work
The residents of Espoo also marked on the map their development ideas and areas that would be suitable for supplementary construction. Where are the places for new housing proposed by the residents of Espoo? Are the areas proposed by the residents the same ones that the city has identified as potential locations for supplementary construction?
The Urban Planning Centre conducts resident surveys to gather information as a basis for planning work. Aalto University's research examines how the experiential information produced by residents can be used even better in urban planning. Together with planners, researchers are developing more effective ways to take resident information into account at different stages of the planning process.
Research results in Espoo's communication channels
The research results will be published in both international scientific publications and the City of Espoo's communications in 2022–2023. You can follow our information on e.g. the espoo.fi website, Espoo's social media channels and the City of Espoo's Eetvartti quarterly publication.
Marketta Kyttä is professor of land use planning at Aalto University, in the Department of Built Environment. As her background lies in environmental psychology, her team’s research is focused on human perspectives in urban planning, with a particular interest in the use of a place-based approach.
Anna Kajosaari is a dissertation researcher at the Department of Built Environment at Aalto University. Her research focuses on the identification of health-promoting built environments, as well as the use of participatory spatial data methods in environmental health research.