When developing urban settlements we do not start with a clean sheet but need to proceed on terms of the existing and continuously changing city. Parts of an agglomeration need to be seen as everyday life settings, which different user groups have a particular relation with. This relation is built through the usage of the areas, by moving in and passing through certain places, by using services etc. The Everyday Urbanity -project clang to this relation with the help of existing data sources in transport and mobility research as well as with new data that was acquired through the softGIS-questionnaires. Here the softGIS-method was used to study urban ways of life, while maintaining the connection with built environment and settlement structure.
The project had three themes: 1) smooth, 2) diverse and 3) healthy everyday life. The first one was about the conditions of everyday mobility and service usage. Here we also identified certain user profiles within the studied areas. The second theme referred to the need to base the development of existing settlements on rich information on and by the inhabitants of the area, the users of the environments. This part was realized in close cooperation with concrete planning projects to ensure the usefulness of the results. The third theme advanced the ongoing discussion about the possibilities to promote healthy life with planning solutions that encourage personal mobility. Each of the three themes related to a pair of pilot areas.
In the cities of Helsinki and Tampere we studied the smoothness of everyday mobility. In Kuninkaankolmio in Helsinki metropolitan area we studied the participants perspectives in a area under development concentrating e.g. on the use of inter-municipal services. Finally, in cities of Kauhajoki (Finland) and Bendigo (Australia) we studied the perspective of children and young people to the health promotive everyday life.
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