Katie Butcher

GIS Practical Five

Introduction People create cities and cities need people to function. People are the life of cities and as stated by Gehl, should be the starting point of any planning concept (Gehl, 2018). Helsinki is a rapidly growing capital with 643,272 inhabitants, to plan a functioning city it is fundamental to understand the characteristics of the people who live there (City of Helsinki, 2018). Socio-economic and socio-demographic factors such as income,

Mid Term- Ethnic Businesses in Haaga

Mid Term During site visits to Haaga, many businesses owned and ran by foreigners were observed. The diversity of shops and foreign ownership is not representative of the demographic profile of Haaga, which is primarily ethnic Finns, with 89% of the population speaking Finnish as domestic language (Service Map 2018). Therefore, how so many foreign owners came to be in Haaga and motivations for opening businesses within the suburb, were

GIS Practical Four:

This is an extract of Practical Four, group work with Mathew Page and Babak Firoozi Fooladi. Please refer to submission in Moodle for assessment purposes.    Introduction One of the greatest pull factors of rural to urban migration is access to the concentration and diversity of employment opportunities available in cities. Indeed, agglomeration can also benefit businesses who gain access to shared infrastructure and knowledge as well as a larger

Density and Diversity of Cultural and Leisure Facilities in Haaga

This is a summary of a joint project with Mathew Page. Please refer to full document at this link for assessment purposes: Studio 1 Exercise 3- Mathew Page & Katie Butcher   Introduction The existence of cultural and leisure activities in a neighbourhood not only increases the liveness of an area, but can also promote a sense of community and aide in social cohesion. Leisure and cultural services promote health, wellbeing,

Soundscape: Circle of Suburban Life- Excursion Exercise Two

When do we ever take a moment to actually listen to the sounds of the suburbs?  Children playing, a shopping trolley, youth on skateboards and seniors chatting. Young, old, beginnings and endings: the theme of this piece is the circle of suburban life. Step back, relax and discover what happens when you take the time to listen. We hope this mindscape raises questions, conjures images and evokes your imagination. Our group

GIS Practical 3:

This is an extract of Practical Three, group work with Abdulrahman Al-Metwali & Adina Renner. Please refer to submission in Moodle for assessment purposes.   Introduction Helsinki’s population continues to increase, 860,000 people are expected to call the city home by the year 2050 (City of Helsinki, City Plan, 2016). With demand for housing already high within the Helsinki Municipality, there is a drive to densify built areas, and use

GIS Practical Two: Historical Perspective: “Old Buildings, New Functions”

This is an extract of Practical Two, group work with Dan Ronimus, Joonas Salmijärvi, Mathew Page. Please refer to submission in Moodle for assessment purposes.    Introduction- Sornainen Industrial Tour- “Old Buildings, New Functions” Helsinki is a relatively young by European standards, yet it offers a unique and diverse history waiting to be explored. The number of visitors to Helsinki is increasing by 13% year-on- year as the city continues

A section for everyone: Excursion Exercise One

Walk the Section This task required analyze of a chosen section and to communicate finding based on different perspectives from the background’s of each group member.   We picked an area in Myllypuro that looked contrasting, with natural aesthetics and human habitation which was of interest to all professions inthe group. We chose a central point – a hill and analyzed a section on either side visible from above. There

Haaga 1969 to Present: A Tale of Two Brothers

It was the year 1969 and winter had set in across Helsinki. As the two brothers unpacked their suitcases, Henri gazed out his bedroom window for the first time. He had never seen so much snow! At their old house on Pohjoisranta the snow was quickly removed to make way for people hurrying around the city. Here small villa houses with orchards sat peacefully amongst forest, nestled into a nearby

Pre-17th Century Haaga: a reconstruction

“The more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.” Theodore Roosevelt Traditional fields of urban planning focus on controlling nature for human benefit, with little consideration of conserving or integrating what was previously there. To develop a true understanding of an area, one must look beyond present-day features and remember a time when humans could not assert dominance over the environment. Contemporary planning concepts such

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