The prospects for urban densification: a place-based study

Kaisa Schmidt-Thomé, Mohammad Haybatollahi, Marketta Kyttä, Jari Korpi

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Study of the environmental outcomes of urban densification is a highly context-dependent task. Our study shows that collecting and processing place-based survey data by means of the softGIS method is clearly helpful here. With the map-based internet questionnaire each response remains connected to both the physical environment and the everyday life of the respondent. In our study of the Kuninkaankolmio area (located in the Helsinki metropolitan region) the survey data were combined with urban density variables calculated from register-based data on the existing built environment. The regression analysis indicated that the participants in the survey preferred the same density factors for their future residence as they enjoyed in their current neighbourhood. In the second analysis we related the densities of planned infill developments with the interest respondents had shown in these projects. The results show that new and even quite dense infill developments have been found to be rather attractive, with them often being viewed as interesting supplements to the current urban texture. These findings contribute to the ongoing scientific discussion on the feasibility of densification measures and encourage the Kuninkaankolmio planners to proceed, albeit carefully, with the planned infill developments.
Original languageEnglish
Article number025020
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • densification
  • softGIS
  • urban: planning

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