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Built environment

SYKE’s theme Built environment examines the spatial structure and dynamics of communities, as well as their relation to the surrounding nature. We want to contribute to the management and sustainability of spatial change. We produce topical information and evaluate the efficiency of policy instruments. We develop new tools to analyse the built environment and make predictions on its future transformations.

We research and monitor the following topics:

  • changes in urban form and rural areas
  • the location and interaction of land use, housing, traffic, services and industries
  • buildings and infrastructure
  • green infrastructure and ecosystem services in urban areas
  • planning and guidance of land use and building
  • energy consumption and the use of natural resources in the built environment
  • adaptation of communities to climate change
  • the quality and social sustainability of the living environment
We influence the decision making of the public sector and companies, and that way also the everyday life of citizens. Our efforts serve design engineers, planners, consultants, researchers, legislative drafters and political decision makers.

We carry out national and international research and development projects, case studies and comparative analyses. We have strong methodological expertise. Our strengths are extensive geographic information resources and services which we use and develop constantly.

The theme of built environment employs about 50 researchers and experts in SYKE. We operate in several international projects and networks. Many municipalities have chosen us to support their urban planning.

Eeva Furman

Professor Eeva Furman,
Director of Environmental Policy Centre,
tel. +358 295 251 123, firstname.lastname@syke.fi

Jyri Seppälä

Professor Jyri Seppälä,
Director of Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production
tel. +358 295 251 629, firstname.lastname@syke.fi
 

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We already have climate solutions – How can Finland meet the challenges set by the IPCC report?

2021-08-13
The report on the Physical Science Basis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, published on Monday states that human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe. This will affect life on land, at sea and in the atmosphere. To combat climate change, we need rapid and comprehensive and system-level actions that reduce emissions, enhance carbon sinks and help us adapt to changes.
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Published 2013-04-29 at 8:09, updated 2021-03-31 at 9:42