What USP studies taught to me in 2018?

This semester as a whole diversified my thinking as a planner. Many of the taught topics were familiar, but none of the topics was unnecessary or boring. Given lectures and assignments deepened my understanding in planning field.

I believe that all the given lessons have not even realized yet – probably over the years, I can see better the benefits of the topics in practice. Nowadays the world is changing and developing so fast with its network effects that it makes me think that should we learn the joy of learning,  rational criticism and courage to apply and publish information AS MUCH than historical/present and future topics in the planning field.

But what I learned during the first semester? Click below to see more:

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Summary of QGIS Practical 11: What affects to house prices in Helsinki region?

In a simplified way, urbanization is forming when area development is happening from agriculture towards the industry. Various factors contribute to urbanization, for example, better employment possibilities and accessibility. And we often see that overheated migration leads to higher demand and housing prices.

This final GIS-practical aims to present some already gathered knowledge from the past semester and give a work example based on the PPDAC methodology which we have learned to use in this “Urban GIS and Visual Tools” course. I also added some additional discussion in the end.

Urbanization is a global phenomenon and mostly seen and experienced in the Helsinki Metropolitan area. When the demand is higher than supply the prices will increase. According to Lönnqvist and Vaattovaara (2004, pp. 18-19), the spatial differentiation of apartment prices has grown massively alongside urbanization. (Industrialization led to urbanization, which has started approximately from the ’60s.) But how about nowadays? Helsinki is not the most industrialized region anymore, but still, this phenomenon is current issue. So, in the given time and data I tried to find some reasons to this – click the link below and see the results!

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Summary of QGIS Practical 10: Automatizing GIS-prosesses

A safe daycare environment increases the well-being of children and employees and provides confidence for the parents to confidently bring their children into daycare. This exercise examines heavily used roads and daycare locations in order to improve safety from that point of view.

At this week, our aims were (1. ) understand more clearly how in general is a good way to form spatial analyses (we did practice the statistical research cycle (PPDAC) process here) and (2.)  learn how to automate processes in QGIS (using a processing models) and (3.) find a daycares which violate the minimum recommended distance to heavily trafficked roads. This practice was made with Lauri Ovaska, Joonas Salmijärvi and Adina Renner and the sources can be found from the last part of the blog post. Click the link below and see the results!

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Summary of QGIS Practical 9: Biodiversity and Spatial Priorization

Biodiversity means the diversity of living nature. The most common way to compare biodiversity in different regions is to calculate the number of species. The abundance of species is a good thing for nature because the consequences of one species’s death can be unpredictable for whole habitat.

At this week, our aim was to do some data pre-processing for spatial prioritization. The main idea of this exercise is to produce input data for a zonation analysis and understand more about SCP (spatial conservation prioritization) methods. Click the link below and see results!

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Summary of QGIS Practical 8: Gathering UX-data and web map composing

User experience is a comprehensive experience of using or consuming a product or service in a so-called service path.

This weeks goal was to gather our own UX -data and compose a web map. This analyze was made with Lauri Ovaska and Asta Hiippala and this blog post represent the main parts of the study. Click the link below and see results!

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Summay of QGIS Practical 7: Some certain regional responses and making standard ellipses

This weeks goal was to use the Helsinki Wind Mill survey -data (Reference: Wind power survey for Helsinki 2015, http://www.hri.fi/en/) and take a look of certain areas (Töölö and Vuosaari) and study the attidute of “NIMBY” (Not in my backyard). This analyze was made with Sirpa Ojansuu, Rachel Jones and Nyurguyana Pavlova and this blog post represent the main parts of the study (with my own made map visualization). Click the link below and see results!

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Studio 1 article thoughts: Grasp of my Haaga

Branding is a strategic action plan which put your precious vision into practice. It includes long-term guidelines, operational task lists and goals with follow-ups. Even without branding you have some kind of image or reputation.

There has been a wild week I have to say(!) but I’ve managed just fine to do all the school assignments on my To Do -list. And now, my next assignment is on the list Studio1, “Get a grasp of (your) Haaga”.

At this blog post, I will present my first steps towards an article which will examine with great interest. A topic which is called at the moment as the “Branding Haaga”The work consists mainly of research work, including book and article readings but I need to have some place-bound data as well. I think that my article writing process will not be public now on, so “See you in the book!” 🙂

Let’s continue for a more detailed description of the topic by clicking the link below:

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