REPSU – Research on resident-driven infill development possibilities

The target of this study is to develop a concept or model for how privately owned housing companies (common hold) and their residents can be motivated and involved in infill possibilities in urban cities in Finland. The current challenge in infill activities is that privately owned housing companies (and their residents) own a large amount of inefficiently used land areas. Areas suitable for infill activities can currently be used as car parks, gardens or even wastelands. The project aims to find solutions to this problem, taking residents’ wishes and restrains as key focus areas to study. Our assumption is that the current situation has at least partially been caused by the fact that the residents’ viewpoint has not been taken into account to a sufficient extent in infill activities. This is why residents are inactive or even oppose infill activities. The project will also take into account other aspects besides resident understanding. These include architecture, urban planning, real estate economics, 3D modeling, municipal land policy and legislation. We wish to introduce a multidisciplinary model for how infill activities could be stimulated in urban areas in Finland.

We will base our studies on three to five case areas. The case areas will differ, for example, in size and location. Both qualitative and quantitative resident studies will be used as to case areas, common holds and their residents. The residents will be introduced to different scenarios of infill alternatives. The case area selection and architecture, legislation, municipal land policy reviews and qualitative resident studies will be carried out in 2012–2013.

The 3D modeling as well as the quantitative resident studies will be done in 2013–2014. The infill model development will start in 2013 and continue to the end of the project. The final model will be introduced in 2015. (Partners: VTT and Aalto REG)