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

Sohjoa-robottibussi
Research & Art Published:

A car without a driver – the future of transportation or a low priority innovation?

Assistant professor Milos Mladenovic tackles the underlying challenges as a member of European Commission expert group, which is formed to advise on specific ethical issues raised by driverless mobility.
2019 opetustekopalkinto
Honoured Published:

Academic achievements, Service Award and Independence Day Decorations highlights at Dean's Coffee

Postdoctoral Researcher Mateusz Janiszewski and Staff Scientist Lauri Uotinen received the 2019 Award for Achievements in Teaching.
Insinööritieteiden korkeakoulun dekaanin kahvit 31.1.2020
University Published:

New faces and sustainable development – School of Engineering Annual Review 2019

The school advances sustainable development through research and teaching, master's degree and doctoral graduates enjoy high employment rates.
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Cooperation, University Published:

New research centre will promote research and development of autonomous systems

The multidisciplinary Aalto Center for Autonomous Systems (ACAS) focuses on research and development of intelligent transport systems, factories and infrastructures.

Events

Kuvituskuva väitöstapahtumaan, Aalto-kynä ja tutkimuspaperi
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of geoinformatics, James Culley, M.Sc.

The name of the dissertation is "An empirical investigation into the changes in the grocery retailing landscape: A Helsinki Metropolitan Region case study"
CS_defence photo by Matti Ahlgren
Lectures and seminars

Writing the compiling part of an article thesis - lecture for doctoral candidates

The lecture provides doctoral candidates with an understanding of writing an article thesis effectively once the related articles have been written. The lecture will help doctoral candidates in understanding the role of the separate articles and the thesis as a whole.
CS_defence photo by Matti Ahlgren
Lectures and seminars

Writing scientific journal articles - lecture for doctoral candidates

The lecture provides young researchers and doctoral candidates with an understanding of how to write peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, with the aim of motivating doctoral candidates to start writing sooner.
Otaniemi park
Conferences and workshops

Aalto University Summer School on Transportation

An intensive learning experience for graduate students and professionals in the field of transportation and urban planning, including lectures, innovation workshops and site visits.

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
Department Staff

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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