Enhancing E-participation in urban planning competitions

Pilvi Nummi*, Susa Eräranta, Maarit Kahila-Tani

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Planning competitions are used as a way to determine alternatives and promote innovative solutions in the early phase of urban planning. However, the traditional jury-based evaluation process is encountering significant opposition, as it does not consider the views of local residents. This chapter describes how web-based public participation tools are utilized in urban planning competitions to register public opinion alongside the expert view given by the jury. The research focus of this chapter is on studying how public participation can be arranged in competition processes, how the contestants use the information produced, and how it has been utilized in further planning of the area. Based on two Finnish case studies, this study indicates that web-based tools can augment public participation in the competition process. However, the results indicate that the impact of participation on selecting the winner is weak. Instead, in further planning of the area, the public opinions are valuable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Approaches, Methods, and Tools in Urban E-Planning
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)9781522560005
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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