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

Matti Kummu
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Associate Professor Matti Kummu understands the importance of water in all life

From being a young researcher in a development project in Cambodia to being an Associate Professor at Aalto, Matti Kummu has had an impact on not just on research, but also on his colleagues as a researcher, teacher and mentor in the field of water resources.
Eliisa Lotsari
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Eliisa Lotsari appointed assistant professor of water engineering

Lotsari will reinforce water engineering teaching and research in the fields of water resources engineering and hydraulic engineering while also expanding its scope to cover the challenges of northern river environments.
NPHarvest
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Aalto innovation piloted in new circular economy district of Helsingborg

In the unique method phosphorus is collected from waste water through coagulation while a membrane is used to separate nitrogen, resulting in end products that can be used as fertiliser.
Installation Talks, Matti Kummu
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Professor Matti Kummu: How to provide enough sustainable food for all?

'Countries have different opportunities to reach sustainability in food supply, but a global U-turn is needed', he emphasises.

Events

Liikenne / kuva: Adolfo Vera
Dissertations

Defence of dissertation in the field of built environment, Jani Laine, L.Sc. (Tech.)

The title of the dissertation is "The significance of municipal energy related actions when aiming at carbon neutral cities"
Cooperation in planning
Online event

Integrating transport with other land uses: policy mixes and calibrations

A lecture by recently appointed Aalto University Professor Dominic Stead will be held online on the 14th of April, 2-3:30 pm EET (local Helsinki time). Prof. Stead will talk about his work on policy integration for transport and land use 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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