In Kuopio, urban living interests – city centre residents are most satisfied with their housing

We carried out a survey of Kuopio housing trends and new residential areas for the City of Kuopio, examining the housing preferences of Kuopio residents identifying their recognition of new, planned and under construction residential areas in Kuopio. An extensive population survey examined Kuopio residents’ views on future housing.

According to the results, the residents of Kuopio are very satisfied with the current situation across all types of residential areas and in all types of housing. The result differs positively from previous Finnish studies. The groups most dissatisfied and at the same time encompassing those most willing to move are students, single people, low income earners, renters and immigrants.

Small eco-houses and smart housing attracted the most interest in new housing concepts in Kuopio, while community housing, such as the sharing economy, was the least attractive. Young people under the age of 31, students and high-income earners were particularly interested in smart living. There were relatively many plans to move, with as many as 44% of the respondents planning to move within the next three years, although 80% of these people were planning to stay in the Kuopio area.

The purpose of this survey and its findings is to serve as a support for concrete design work and as marketing material. Initially, a literature review was carried out and a questionnaire survey was developed.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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