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Best Practices Promoting Sustainable Urban Form (YKR-demo)

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Basic project information




The project supports sustainable urbanization in Finnish cities and urban areas. It is carried out during 2019 and 2020 in collaboration with SYKE, Ministry of the Environment, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (Väylä) and The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA). Most of the work in the project is carried out in the case cities and regions. Cities and regional councils join the project with their local planning questions. The project seeks answers and solutions to practical planning problems and researches phenomena that affect the urban form. The research is executed in close cooperation with local planners and other agents. The main objective of the project is to produce information about best practices in planning. The results of the study support the process of  the revision of the Land Use and Building Act.

Case areas

The project began with the search for case areas. Municipalities, cities, urban areas, and regions were sent an invitation to join the project at the turn of the year 2018-2019. These case areas deal with distinctive planning problems. Therefore, the project explores a variety of approaches and themes. Research topics include climate change mitigation through sustainable urbanization, planning questions of areas with decreasing populations, and the integration of spatial planning and transportation engineering. The project continues the development of the Urban Zone methods and utilizes a variety of GIS-methods.


The case results are summed up into thematic summaries, handbooks and policy briefs. Thus, they can be used in the planning of city regions, impact assessments and in the revision of the legislative steering system. The project's closing report will be written at the end of the year 2020.
The first case study regarding the urban fabrics of the Helsinki region was carried out during 2018. The developed method enables the integration of spatial, transport and service planning as a whole. It also supports the reaching of climate targets and forms a uniform set of spatial data for the planning of the Helsinki region.


Further information

Project director Ville Helminen, Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Phone +358 295 251 166,

Senior Adviser Juha Nurmi, Ministry of the Environment
Phone +358 295 250 181,

Senior Adviser Seppo Serola, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency
Phone +358 295 433 901,

Published 2019-04-08 at 14:09, updated 2019-04-08 at 14:07