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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Teknologiapäällikkö Panu Sainio
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Panu Sainio appointed School of Engineering technology manager

Sainio's responsibilities include the development of the school's Technical Support Services and the Aalto Works block in association with the future users of the block as well as Aalto Campus & Real Estate (ACRE).
Aalto Works
Campus Published:

From K-block to Aalto University Works

Kone block, K-block or Puumies block – a dear child has many names. Built mostly in the 1960s, the block is facing major changes as work begins on the new research and education environment, Aalto Works.
fragile waters infographics endangered rivers page 1 design: Lin Pei-Yu
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How can we use rivers sustainably?

Humans have long altered the natural state of rivers. Now nature’s own methods can help us to manage rivers more sustainably.
fragile water infographic circular water lin peiyu 2
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How can wastewater become a resource?

A crucial part of the circular economy, wastewater can give us essential nutrients in an environmentally friendly way.

Events

Contact information

Head of Department
Professor Riku Vahala
[email protected]
+358505884237
 

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-Thu 7.45–20.00, Fri 7.45–20.00

Konetekniikka 1, Otakaari 4

Tietotie 1 E

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

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Tietotie 1

Aalto Ice Tank, Water and Environmental Engineering
Address: Tietotie 1
Mon-Fri 8.00-15.45.

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