Redefining Neighborhood Boundaries Using Activity Spaces : Bringing Together Soft Spaces and Spatial Analysis to Further the Discussion on Planning in Functional Spaces

Kamyar Hasanzadeh, Eva Purkarthofer*, Anna Kajosaari, Marketta Kyttä

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Abstract

Neighborhoods are typically conceptualised as static administrative units with clearly defined boundaries. However, residents’ everyday mobility forms activity spaces which are variable in both extent and fabric. This study introduces a novel aggregate model of individualized activity spaces based on Public Participation geographic information system (PPGIS) data collected in Espoo (Finland) to capture the variable and fuzzy character of the spaces people frequent in their everyday lives. Building on the theoretical concept of soft spaces, we propose a GIS-based method for identifying functional neighborhoods which could be useful in planning practice with a view to knowledge, actor involvement, and planning policies.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalJOURNAL OF PLANNING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • activity space
  • Finland
  • functional region
  • GIS modeling
  • mobility
  • neighborhood
  • PPGIS
  • public participation GIS
  • soft planning
  • soft space
  • spatial planning
  • urban planning

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