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

Otakaari 4
Appointments Published:

New professors appointed to the School of Engineering

During the summer three professors have been appointed to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Built Environment.
Banner for NRR2020 conference
Research & Art Published:

Fully virtual IWA Nutrient Recovery and Removal Conference brings together the experts of wastewater treatment

The conference is organized by Aalto University Water and Environmental Engineering research group and Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority HSY in collaboration with International Water Association.
Pohjoisen ikirouta-alueen vehreää kasvillisuutta. Kuva: Ive van Krunkelsven
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Greenhouse gas emissions from permafrost area larger than earlier estimated

Plant roots in soil stimulate microbial decomposition, a mechanism called the priming effect. A recent study published in Nature Geoscience shows that the priming effect alone can cause emission of 40 billion tonnes carbon from permafrost by 2100.
Rosegbach. Photo: Daniel Viviroli.
Press releases Published:

A quarter of the world’s lowland population depends critically on mountain water resources

Global water consumption has increased almost fourfold in the past 100 years, and many regions can only meet their water demand thanks to essential contributions from mountain regions

Events

Shaking up Tech
Exhibitions and fairs

Shaking up Tech 2020

Shaking up Tech virtual event inspires and encourages female high schools students to choose a career in technology. The event is open to everyone.
Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of Spatial Planning and Transportation Engineering, Pilvi Nummi, Architect

The name of the dissertation is "An Uncontrollable Factor ? The Role of Social Media in Urban Planning"

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

Head of Department
Built Environment
Department Staff

Where to find us

Otakaari 4

Mechanical engineering 1, K1.
Address: Otakaari 4.

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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