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

maankäyttö
Press releases, Research & Art Published:

Feeding the world without wrecking the planet is possible

Almost half of current food production is harmful to our planet – causing biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and water stress. But as world population continues to grow, can that last?
Professori Marko Keskinen
Appointments Published:

Water management professor Marko Keskinen studies the interaction of water and society

Water management is not only about environmental sustainability, but also about equity and equality.
Aalto Living+ Hub Opening 22 October 2019
Campus Published:

A meeting point for the research and planning of human-centred living environments

The Grand Opening of the Aalto Living+ Hub in Otaniemi attracted about 120 researchers and representatives of the industry and nearby cities. The program included keynotes, research pitches, networking, and the presentation of the new multimedia equipment.
 NPHarvest -laitteisto toiminnassa Gasumin biokaasulaitoksella Riihimäellä
Research & Art Published:

Ecological fertilizer from wastewater nutrients

By using the innovative NPHarvest-process wastewater treatment plants can get an efficient pretreatment while producing ecological fertilizer simultaneously.

Events

Concrete
Exhibitions and fairs

Let concrete surprise you! Betoni–Concrete presents the material as more than a grey mass

The exhibition shakes up traditional conceptions of concrete and presents it in use by engineers, architects, designers and artists.
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Living+ Forum 2020: Human-centered computational city planning

Living+ Forum 2020 focuses on Human-centered computational city planning.
rakennustyömaa
Lectures and seminars

Seminar on urban renewal in the context of multi-owned housing

Open seminar on urban renewal organized by Department of Built Environment.
Lectures and seminars (recurring)

Living+ Forum 2020: Human-centered computational city planning

Living+ Forum 2020 focuses on Human-centered computational city 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

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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