Department of Built Environment

Department of Built Environment

The Department of Built Environment looks for practical solutions for a society whose functioning requires sustainable asset management, efficient water and waste management, sufficient water resources, reliable and safe transportation as well as valid geographic data. Intelligent spatial planning enables built environments that best serve the needs of habitation, business and mobility.

Students and teaching staff at the Aalto University Environmental Hydraulics Lab

Research

The research and education of the Department of Built Environment focus on fields that are continuously growing in societal importance. Research problems involve the great challenges facing today’s society, including population growth, urbanisation, climate change, globalisation, digitalisation and the increasing use of natural resources.

The Department of Built Environment is home to four research groups – Geoinformatics, Real Estate Economics, Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering and Water and Environmental Engineering – and a partner in MeMo, the Research Institute of Modelling and Measuring for The Built Environment. The department also participates in the work of the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research, which is funded by the Academy of Finland.

Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering

Urban realities are becoming increasingly dynamic, complex and fragmented while demands for their livability, sustainability, competitiveness, and attractiveness increase. Our research connects spatial planning and transportation engineering for developing new scientific knowledge needed in systemic understanding, problem-solving, and integrative planning and policy-making beyond sectoral boundaries, aimed at achieving human-centered living environments.

Traffic in Mannerheimintie, photo Aalto University/Annamari Tolonen

Water and Environmental Engineering

Water and Environmental Engineering research at Aalto University aims to find solutions to decrease resource scarcity and to support sustainability. Our research is divided into two strategic areas: global water issues and sustainable circular economy, which are further divided into four research entities.

Aalto Research groups

Real Estate Economics

Real estate economics analyses the dynamics of real estate markets from the perspectives of e.g. business, planning, technology, value formation and law. The Real Estate Economics research group at Aalto University is the only university-level research unit in Finland focusing on the broad area of real estate.

Real Estate Economics

Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics at Aalto University is a truly multidisciplinary field. Our research and its applications cover a wide range of themes from human-centred to natural environments.

View from the plane used in remote sensing.

MeMo - Research Institute of Measuring and Modeling for the Built Environment

The goal of the Institute is to produce world-class research and development of the measurement technology in the field of construction and environmental engineering.

News

Dominic Stead, Tenured Professors' Installation Talks
Research & Art Published:

Dominic Stead: Cities that need less transport

Organizing our cities differently can help us to reduce the need for transport and encourage more walking and cycling. This can help to reduce many of the negative environmental and social impacts of transport, says Professor Stead in his installation lecture.
Professor Matti Kummu
Honoured Published:

Matti Kummu explores possibilities for a future sustainable for both man and nature

Aalto University's renowned researcher, Professor Matti Kummu, has risen to the 2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list. The list is based on the Web of Science database, which brings together the researchers with highly cited research papers. They are the true pioneers in their fields.
Antonina Kruglova working in lab
Research & Art Published:

The role of wastewater treatment plants in the global health threat of 21st century

The spread of antibiotic resistance is a global health threat addressed by the WHO. One of the ways the antibiotic resistance spreads is through wastewater. Researchers from Water & Environmental Engineering group studied the spread of antibiotic resistance from wastewater treatment plants in Finland and found out that more needs to be done to address the issue.
Aalto University
Appointments Published:

New heads of departments and deputy department heads appointed at the School of Engineering

Pedro Vilaça, Raine Mäntysalo and Leena Korkiala-Tanttu will begin their terms as heads of departments in January 2022.

Events

CSNOW - The Network of Women in Computer Science
Online event

CSNOW - The Network of Women in Computer Science

On January 27 come and hear about the CSNOW initiative at ETH Zurich for breaking down gender-based barriers and prejudices.
Department Staff

Where to find us

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Tietotie 1 E

Water and Environmental Engineering, Water Building, Mon-Fri 8.00–15.45

Vesihuoltotekniikka

Tietotie 1 C

Aalto Ice Tank, Water and Environmental Engineering

Research machine surfing on the ice at the Aalto Ice Tank.

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