The city of Helsinki has set an ambitious aim to be the most functional city in the world. One core dimension of this vision is improving walkability in the city center. Helsinki decided to start a dialogue about this vision by asking how people perceived the current state of walkability in the city center and where it could be developed, through a Maptionnaire survey.
Stockholm is one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe. Stockholmers will need to undergo and adapt to significant urban changes for years to come. To sustainably deliver large-scale development projects around the city, Stockholm’s planners have become serious about adding new, digital tools to their public participation toolbox.
The Apollo School in Helsinki’s Malminkartano neighborhood used Maptionnaire to have high school students try out online participatory mapping as part of their geo-media class. In this advanced geography course, pupils train their geographical thinking, learn how to analyze their surroundings using a variety of methods, and how to interpret the data they gather.
Helsinki’s City Planning Department used Maptionnaire to enable the city’s residents to contribute their ideas to the master planning process and influence what Helsinki will look like in the future. With Maptionnaire, our map-based questionnaire tool, the planners were able to engage 4,700 residents who marked more than 33,000 places of interest and their own ideas directly on the map.
The landscape architecture company gruppe F from Berlin used Maptionnaire as part of their project to develop a concept for re-using of the former barracks of Blankefelde-Mahlow, Germany. With the participation process they wanted to reach out to the groups that are difficult to reach with face-to-face methods.
Cities-4-People is a multinational research and innovation project which aims to tackle today’s urban mobility challenges by the promotion of sustainable and people-oriented transportation solutions. Maptionnaire was used in the early phases of the project to identify mobility and transport-related challenges that local people in different parts of Europe face in their everyday life.
We helped the City of Helsinki explore the idea of establishing a national urban park. We facilitated a workshop where planners and park advocates co-designed a survey for crowdsourcing the question, managed the survey’s technical implementation, and processed the results to be directly available for guiding the next steps of the planning process.