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Experience a smooth master plan process by engaging in a two-way conversation with residents and allowing them to interact when and where it is convenient for them. Use citizen insight to develop innovative, sustainable and implementable plans.
Massive crowdsourcing for Helsinki city plan 2050
The city of Helsinki is working on new master plan which will guide the development of Finland’s capital until 2050. Hearing the residents’ views was therefore crucial. Mapita designed a map-based web questionnaire, which attracted some 4 600 respondents. They made over 33 000 entries in the interactive city map. Because their answers were recorded simultaneously with locational information, the collection and analysis of the vast material was swift and efficient. The residents gave particularly many suggestions about potential sites for new construction. They also mapped urban nature spots they considered unique.
How do cities tackle transportation questions such as where to put a bus stop, road, or a bike lane? Public participation is an integral part of the transportation planning process: it helps ensure that decisions are made in consideration of and to benefit public needs and preferences.
Future tram network options and tram stop placement
The city of Turku is planning to introduce a new tramway service. The general plan of the project suggested three possible routes including stop locations. For thorough citizen involvement a Maptionnaire questionnaire was launched to crowdsource feedback on the tram plans. Residents had the possibility to view imagery of the three tram routes and information about the city's bus network. The questionnaire also included information about the travel times of the tram between the stops and the distance to the most important destinations around each stop.
Allow grassroots initiatives to grow and help them produce useful information in an efficient format to the benefit of city planning and development. Foster community building with inclusive and easy-to-use online map-based services that empower residents to submit and discuss ideas as well as to share experiences and knowledge.
Community organisation Beautiful PB collected data to inform municipal planners
Community associations can facilitate their missions by collecting data to back their arguments or by drawing public interest to a specific issue. The community organization Beautiful PB from Pacific Beach, San Diego wanted to learn new ways for making Pacific Beach a better community. They gathered data and information about what people in the community think the direction of the beach area should be. Maptionnaire allowed them to put the resident insight into a format that can be presented at Town Hall meetings. The results will be used by Beautiful PB as it updates its community plan and strives to make the beachfront a more sustainable urban neighborhood.
By reaching out to people, you can create outdoor environments that contribute to community livability, integrate residents, promote active lifestyles, and create a sense of place. How do people use a specific area? And what are their hopes for using it in the future?
Research on green spaces in Scotland and Helsinki
Green spaces are an important part of our everyday life. Researcher Richard le Brasseur from the University of Edinburgh studied how people use various green areas in the Helsinki Capital Region and in Renfrewshire, Scotland. The research benefitted from Maptionnaire's interactive map platform which allowed residents to share ideas about specific green areas valuable to them. The user-generated data from the project will be applied in the design and management of green space systems.
Ecosystems provide ecological, socio-cultural and economic values. Landscape-value mapping can be used to identify and quantify the social and cultural values associated with different types of public land, ranging from national parks and reserves to multiple-use lands.
Mapping European cultural landscapes
The overarching goal of this transdisciplinary research project was to increase understanding of drivers, patterns, and values of European cultural landscapes and to use this knowledge to develop, test, and demonstrate strategies for their protection, management, and planning. A series of Maptionnaire surveys were conducted in Alatskivi & Peipsiääre, Schwarzbubenland, Colmenar Viejo, Lesvos, and Trujillo.
Travelers often make decisions based on what other travelers have experienced. Sharing and discussing this information on a map and gathering feedback on tourism destinations enables effective data management and visualization.
The world will surprise you!
The Finnish Foreign Ministry have started to use new digital channels to reposition their communication with travelers in today's changing travel culture. The Ministry used Maptionnaire to launch an online service to give travelers the opportunity to share their travel experiences of perceived safety and surprising events on a map. The interactive map platform asks people “Did the world surprise you?” and allows them to discover what other globetrotters have posted.
Authorities have plenty of statistical data on crimes and accidents. Perceptions of urban safety are harder to capture. Problems relating to traffic safety or social safety, such as stranger-danger or perceived disorders, can be solved with user insight about problematic places.
Perceptions of dangerous crossings help alleviate the problems before accidents happen
People's perceptions from Finland's Southern Kymi area about the problematic and dangerous traffic environments in their everyday surroundings were collected with Maptionnaire. This data was used in the traffic safety planning of the region.
Cultural heritage belongs to everyone. Let citizens assess and evaluate the built heritage of their surroundings to uncover a detailed understanding of the heritage values different places carry.
"Memories of Nikkilä" cultural heritage mapping
The memories and experiences of residents contribute significantly to the history and identity of places. The Finnish municipality of Sipoo is using Maptionnaire to provide an ongoing service for allowing its residents to share their memories and assessments about cultural landscapes and old buildings in the village of Nikkilä. People are also given the possibility to mark their Nikkilä-related memories and photos freely as well as to discover other residents' contributions. The collected data is used in the development work for Nikkilä and in a community publication.
Children should have an active role in influencing decisions about their city and opportunities to express their opinions about the kinds of cities they want. Children's viewpoints can be considered by asking them what places they find meaningful, can they safely get around independently, and do they have access to their friends, playgrounds and green spaces.
Children's experiences on the pedestrian, public transportation and car zones in the city of Lahti
What is a city like through the eyes of children? And what impact does the built environment have on those experiences? Researcher Aino Leskinen shed light into this topic by examining how different types of urban zones differ from each other based on the activity affordances and independent mobility reach they offer to 5th and 6th grade elementary school students. A Maptionnaire questionnaire was launched to collect and analyze experience-based data on places the children value most and how accessible they are. The very useful results have been applied into the planning strategies for a more child-friendly city of Lahti.
Real estate management and development can benefit from the principles of user-centered design (UCD). The mapping of buildings' indoor spaces as part of workspace satisfaction surveys or post-occupancy evaluations (POE) creates valid and useful information for real estate managers and decision-making bodies.
Campus evaluation for university employees and students
Aalto University Campus & Real Estate did a customer satisfaction survey about the three campus areas, including indoor mapping of some of their premises. The survey results were utilized in the further development of services in the campus area as well as in research concerning campus development.
Urban design is the process of giving form, shape, and character to groups of buildings, entire neighborhoods, and the city to make urban areas functional and attractive. Consult residents and stakeholders to collect detailed input for supporting design processes - and eventually the shape of the public realm, parks and public spaces.
Minneapolis Downtown Service Area Master Plan
A Maptionnaire survey was introduced as part of Minneapolis's Pathways to Places strategy to shape the Downtown service area Master plan. It was designed to collect input from residents for shaping the future of the public realm, parks and public spaces in the city's downtown area. Over 500 participants marked thousands of data points, representing very rich information on how people use and would like to use public spaces. The collected data was used to inform the final master plan.
Empty brownfield spaces subject to redevelopment schemes are not always blank canvases. Residents can possess useful insight on the past and future of these spaces. Participatory processes can also work as efficient marketing channels for redevelopment projects.
Army barracks to reborn as a residential area
The municipality of Tuusula is planning to build a residential area of 15 000 inhabitants in the former military area of Rykmentinpuisto. The residents of Tuusula were included in the planning process at an early stage. Mapita cooperated closely with the local administration in creating a map-based questionnaire. It attracted 864 respondents who they made 1 146 map entries. Among others, they marked places where they think new public services are needed. Four different resident types emerged from the survey results. They have different desires for commuting, socializing with their neighbors and using renewable energy. The results aided in making several draft plans, which could be compared by the public on a web page created by Mapita.
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