Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

New information on the development of urban regions in Finland

Date:
October 25, 2013
Source:
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
Summary:
In Finland, urban regions have undergone significant changes in the past few decades. This is revealed by a recently completed research report. The report is a comprehensive account of the trends in urbanization and the aspects that must be taken into account in sustainable urban planning in Finland.

Pedestrian zone in the centre of Imatra.
Credit: Panu Söderström

In Finland, urban regions have undergone significant changes in the past few decades. This is revealed by a recently completed research report by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. The report is a comprehensive account of the trends in urbanisation and the aspects that must be taken into account in sustainable urban planning in Finland.

The research results will be published in Helsinki today, 25 October 2013.

The research report describes the development of the urban structure of 34 Finnish urban regions over the past 25 years. The report studies, amongst other things, the placement of housing and workplaces, and the population's travel behaviour at different times. The results are based on extensive data and a new international theory of urban fabrics. The research report studies urban regions as pedestrian, transit and car-oriented zones.

"One of the most significant planning challenges in recent years has been the integration of land use and transport. The new theory enables us to analyse, much more effectively than before, the harmful and beneficial effects of different planning solutions. The aim is to put the results of our report into practice broadly in urban planning in different parts of Finland," says Senior Research Scientist Mika Ristimäki from SYKE.

Future scenarios to be published in the winter

"The study reveals, for instance, the trend in population ageing in Finnish urban regions in recent decades. Results indicate that over 74-year-olds are looking to live in city centres and subcentres. In some subcentres in the Tampere urban region, for instance, those aged over 74 already constitute up to one-quarter of the inhabitants. For the time being, this change in age structure has not been sufficiently taken into account in planning of urban regions," Ristimäki points out.

The new report on the development of urban form in Finland is based on a joint project between SYKE and Tampere University of Technology. At present, the project is analysing the most significant changes in the urban form and trends up to 2030. Future scenarios will be published next winter.

Seminar brings top experts together

The publishing event of the report Travel-related Urban Zones in Finland forms part of an international seminar taking place in Helsinki. This week, the event brought together almost one hundred European experts in urban form, who are members of the European Union's COST technology network.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). "New information on the development of urban regions in Finland." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 25 October 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131025091705.htm>.
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). (2013, October 25). New information on the development of urban regions in Finland. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131025091705.htm
Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). "New information on the development of urban regions in Finland." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131025091705.htm (accessed July 24, 2014).

Share This




More Science & Society News

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

Newsy (July 24, 2014) — The FDA approved Targiniq ER on Wednesday, a painkiller designed to keep users from abusing it. Like any new medication, however, it has doubters. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

AFP (July 24, 2014) — America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail. Duration: 00:55 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Bill Gates: Health, Agriculture Key to Africa's Development

Bill Gates: Health, Agriculture Key to Africa's Development

AFP (July 24, 2014) — Health and agriculture development are key if African countries are to overcome poverty and grow, US software billionaire Bill Gates said Thursday, as he received an honourary degree in Ethiopia. Duration: 00:36 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
China's Ageing Millions Look Forward to Bleak Future

China's Ageing Millions Look Forward to Bleak Future

AFP (July 24, 2014) — China's elderly population is expanding so quickly that children struggle to look after them, pushing them to do something unexpected in Chinese society- move their parents into a nursing home. Duration: 02:07 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

    Health News

      Environment News

        Technology News



          Save/Print:
          Share:  

          Free Subscriptions


          Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

          Get Social & Mobile


          Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

          Have Feedback?


          Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
          Mobile iPhone Android Web
          Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
          Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
          Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins