Perceived safety of a retrofit neighbourhood

Project description

As part of AATU-project, safe urban environment, a subproject focused on perceived safety of a retrofit neighbourhood in Espoo, Finland and studied the potential of urban infill project to change the track of development of existing, distressed neighborhood. Using PPGIS, this study offers insights on how to avoid too simplistic or deterministic thinking in safety planning. The study concluded that more comprehensive safety strategies are most likely to succeed in breaking the negative development of fear and a spiral of neighborhood decay especially in retrofit neighborhoods.


Research themes

Active living and urban lifestyles

Project details

  • Start date:
    January 1, 2011
  • End date:
    December 31, 2012
  • Location:
    Espoo, Finland
  • Funded by:
    TEKES (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) funding
  • Objectives:
    The study of perceived safety of a retrofit neighbourhood

Project contact

Marketta Kyttä

Aalto University

Team members

  • Jenni Kuoppa
  • Jukka Hirvonen
  • Ehsan Ahmadi
  • Tuija Tzoulas

Participating partners

Ehsan Ahmadi

University of Teheran

Jenni Kuoppa

Aalto University

Jukka Hirvonen

City of Helsinki

Tuija Tzoulas

Municipality of Sipoo

Jaana Keränen

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Mari Vaattovaara

University of Helsinki

Matti Kortteinen

University of Helsinki

Rami Ratvio

University of Helsinki

Related publications

Keränen, J., Vaattovaara, M., Kortteinen, M., Ratvio, R., Koski, H. & Rantala, T. (Eds.) (2013). Turvalliset kaupunkiympäristöt: Rakenteelliset taustat, asukkaiden kokemukset ja arjen turvallisuusratkaisut. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Technology 88.

Kyttä, M., Kuoppa, J., Hirvonen, J., Ahmadi, E. & Tzoulas, T. (2014). Perceived safety of the retrofit neighborhood: a location-based approach. Urban Design International 19(4), 311-328.

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