In the subproject led by Aalto University, NordGreen project studies actual participatory urban planning projects in cities of Espoo and Ii (Finland) to support the use of high quality knowledge from people in urban planning. Both in Espoo and Ii we are working to support the knowledge production for the ongoing master plan processes.
With public participation surveys, we target to gather large datasets concerning e.g. the way people use of their everyday life spaces and personally meaningful places. The associations with perceived health and quality of life will also be studied. Finally, people will map future wishes regarding the development of certain areas and the possible location of urban infilling projects.
An important element of the research is not only to gather knowledge from inhabitants but also to study how this knowledge is used in the planning process. The lessons learned hopefully help us understanding how participatory planning processes can be developed.