Planning Principles for Good Air Quality in Helsinki’s Urban Boulevards
The City of Helsinki initiated a consultancy project in early 2017 to establish target-based planning principles for air quality in urban boulevards. Trafix Oy, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Serum Architects conducted the work, with Akordi assisting in the facilitation of discussions among various stakeholders in workshops.
The primary goal of the consultancy project was to determine the ways in which urban boulevard air quality can be influenced. The project examined the complex interactions between public transportation systems and land use in urban boulevard planning, aiming to ensure that there were no detrimental health impacts from the air quality. When formulating the planning principles, considerations were made for air quality and other factors such as noise, smoothness of traffic flow, fairness in the transportation system, impacts on modal split, costs, and so on.
A broad range of stakeholders participated in the planning, including municipalities in the Helsinki metropolitan area, the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre), the Ministry of Transport and Communications, and the Helsinki Region Transport. Akordi facilitated the discussions held in stakeholder workshops and ensured the representation of the views of various project stakeholders.