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.
To start a dialogue with residents about the vision, Helsinki decided to open a survey for asking how people perceived the current state of walkability in the city center and where it could be developed. Their idea was to provide an effortless way for citizens to get involved in the planning process already early on.
We were hired to co-create a Maptionnaire survey with Helsinki’s planning experts, and, after the data collection phase, compile a report of the results.
The project was launched with a workshop for designing the contents of the survey together with a group of architects, city planners, participation coordinators, and mobility researchers working for the city. Once their diverse wishes were combined, the survey included questions about e.g. the everyday movements of pedestrians, people’s wishes for improvements, and the plans the city already had underway.