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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.

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.

News

fragile waters infographics endangered rivers page 1 design: Lin Pei-Yu
Research & Art Published:

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
Research & Art Published:

How can wastewater become a resource?

A crucial part of the circular economy, wastewater can give us essential nutrients in an environmentally friendly way.
fragile water infographic urban water lin peiyun 2
Research & Art Published:

​​​​​​​How can we conserve the natural cycle of water in cities?

Changing water circulation to resemble more the natural cycle with nature-based solutions.
Image: Mikko Raskinen.
Cooperation, Press releases Published:

€32 million funding boost for Smart Cities Research in Tallinn & Helsinki

Smart Cities Centre of Excellence to be established as a joint project between Tallinn University of Technology and Aalto University

Events

Otaniemi park
Conferences and workshops

Aalto University Summer School on Transportation

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

Guest Lecture by Professor Stephen A. Matthews, Penn State University: The temporality of people's lives and the places they live

Professor Stephen A. Matthews a Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Demography from Penn State University, USA will during his visit at Aalto University give a public lecture on May 29 at 10 pm.
Dissertations

Defense of Dissertation in the field of Spatial Planning and Transportation, Kamyar Hasanzadeh, MSc.

Msc. Kamyar Hasanzadeh at the Department of Built Environment, Aalto University will defend his doctoral dissertation on May 31 at noon in the Undergraduate Centre.

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

Datavägen 1 E

Vatten- och miljöteknik, Water Building, mon–fre 8.00–15.45

Vesihuoltotekniikka

Tietotie 1

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

Activity at the Aalto Ice Tank

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