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While participatory urban planning has become a widely accepted approach to enhance the democratic aims of community and urban development, challenges still remain. Participation can be a small-group elitist activity; there are not effective enough practices for participatory planning and the quality and utilization of the produced knowledge is problematic. In this presentation, I will ask whether digitally supported PPGIS (public participation Geographical Information Systems) tools can help address these challenges. I will reflect critically the quality of user knowledge in typical public participation process, the new possibilities PPGIS tools and datasets provide as well as the new public participation practices that digital tools embrace. Through a critical analysis of over 200 real life planning cases using PPGIS methodology, the ability of PPGIS tools to address the current challenges will be reflected.
About the speaker
Marketta Kyttä has her background in environmental psychology and participatory planning. Her research covers various topics: child-, and human friendly environments, environments that promote wellbeing and health, perceived safety and new methods for public participation. Currently, her multidisciplinary research team concentrates on the place-based person-environment research with public participation GIS methodology. The team has worked with numerous real life public participation projects of cities in Finland and abroad. These include a large scale public participation project related to Helsinki Master plan process.
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