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

News

Saija Toivonen
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Saija Toivonen appointed as Assistant Professor of Real Estate Economics

Toivonen examines changes in the real estate sector and commercial real estate markets using the tools of futures research.
Tiina Tuurnala, Alumna of the Year 2019, School of Engineering
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Tiina Tuurnala named as Aalto University School of Engineering Alumna of the Year 2019

'My current position is an excellent vantage point for working toward zero-emission seafaring together with other stakeholders.'
Professori Maaria Nordman istuu rakennetun ympäristön laitoksen tilojen edessä.
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Maaria Nordman appointed as Assistant Professor of geoinformatics

Nordman’s research focuses on geodynamics, geodesy and positioning.
Professori Elias Oikarinen Väreen edessä.
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Elias Oikarinen appointed as Associate Professor of Real Estate Economics

Oikarinen’s main research interests are price formation and dynamics in the housing
market and real estate investment.

Events

Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of geoinformatics, Jere Kaivosoja, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation is "Role of spatial data uncertainty in precision farming work executions".
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Geoinformatics, Jenni Attila, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation is "Water quality monitoring and assessment of the Northern Baltic Sea using Earth Observation".
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of Dissertation in the field of Water and Environmental Engineering, Petra Roiha, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation: Advancements of the operational oceanography in the Baltic Sea
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Real Estate Economics, Karoliina Rajakallio, M.Sc. (Tech.)

The name of the dissertation is: Are we really into it? The role of the dynamics of value creation and capture in inter-firm collaboration in the built environment

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.

Contact information

 Riku Vahala

Riku Vahala

Professor, head of department

For more contact details of department personnel, please visit us on Aalto People.

 

Where to find us

Otakaari 4

Address: Otakaari 4. Mechanical engineering 1, K1. Mon-Fri 8.00–15.30

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
Address: Tietotie 1
Mon-Fri 8.00-15.30

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

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