Projects - Tampere University of Technology



  • Duration: January 2015 - December 2019
  • Funded by TEKES,
  • Main research partners: University of Tampere, University of Helsinki
  • Leader: Rajaniemi Juho


In ADELE we will develop novel commercial possibilities to utilize rapidly accumulating knowledge on biodiversity in environment, immune defense and pollutant degradation. The target is to find interrelationships between environmental variables and human health, particularly risks of autoimmune and immune mediated diseases, AND to find possibilities to create a new large-scale business sector – immunoecological business sector – that facilitates safe and efficient activation of immune defense and important regulatory pathways of the immune system in subjects living currently in a “clean” urban environment.



  • Duration: January 2015 - December 2016
  • Funded by TEKES
  • Main partners: Aalto University
  • Leader: Poutanen Jenni



‘Pop up – knowledge work productivity’ project provides new research results, practical methods and measurement tools for developing knowledge work productivity and well-being at work. Knowledge work is analyzed through a work system including physical, virtual, social and emotional environments. This project develops and utilizes participatory Pop up –method for designing and testing new work environments and practices that provides more productive ways of working. In addition, the project develops metrics and measurement tools for analyzing the impacts of new work designs. Mobile devices, sensors and applications are utilized to study fluency and experienced well-being and productivity of knowledge work. Project’s multidisciplinary team comprises researchers from Tampere University of Technology (Knowledge management, Architecture and Human-centered technology) and Aalto University (Virtual and mobile work). The project is carried out in close collaboration with industry partners.



  • Duration: January 2015 - December 2017
  • Funded by TEKES
  • Main partners: Aalto University, Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • Leader: Hedman Markku



The challenges and solutions for energy-efficient service buildings are being researched in the COMBI-project Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is connected e.g. to the investment and maintenance costs, space arrangements and their functionality, hygrothermal behavior of envelope structures, indoor climate conditions and building services through the design, construction and operation of buildings. The upcoming energy regulations demand, that all new public service buildings that are brought into use starting from 2019, need to be nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB). This brings many changes to the currently used solutions and also requires new knowledge about safe and cost-effective design and implementation methods. The new COMBI-project aims to find solutions and tools to help manage the new situation. Altogether seven research groups from Tampere University of Technology (TUT), Aalto University and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) work in the project, along with 38 participating companies, City of Tampere, City of Helsinki and eight municipalities from the Finnish Pirkanmaa region. The total budget of the project is 2.4 million euros. In addition to a substantial industry funding, the project has received a total of 1.4 million euros public funding from the Finnish Innovation Agency (TEKES) and its INKA-program, of which 50 % is coordinated from the European Union Regional Development Fund. The building physics research group from Tampere University of Technology operates as the project coordinator. The project involves among others field and laboratory studies, computational studies and interviews. The large number of buildings operated by the real estate department of the City of Tampere and its surrounding municipalities allow the monitoring and analysis of different building projects in their different phases. The research can also utilize the experiences gained from the service buildings in the Helsinki area. Together with new construction, also renovation is equally important part of the project.




  • Duration: June 2015 - July 2017
  • Funded by TEKES
  • Main partners: University of Turku, Sibelius Academy, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
  • Leader: Hynynen Ari


The project "Health Supporting Multisensory Food Environment " will study how environmental factors can influence consumers' food choices. The aim is to investigate how the presentation of food, built environment and the quality of colors and sounds effect on factors such as choice and consumption of vegetables in restaurants and grocery shops. Empirical tests are executed in both urban and laboratory environments. Research platforms are planned and implemented in collaboration with partners which boost applying the results into business and urban planning. The project will produce new reliable principles for food environment design. The project promotes business of enterprises in the field of food and food services as well as comfort of urban spaces and wellbeing of citizens. The results can be utilized for example in the fields of public and private food services, design of urban environments as well as restaurants and event producers.




  • Duration: May 2014 - December 2016
  • Funded by The Ministry of Culture and Education
  • Main partners: UKK Institute, Universities of Oxford and Graz
  • Leader: Hynynen Ari


Promotion of active commuting to work is acknowledged as one of the key components in the national action plan of walking and bicycling in Finland. Some cities have already carried out related projects, but they have mostly focused on impacts of physical environment and traffic solutions. However, based on international studies, we know that also social environment and individual factors have an effect on the choices of transportation modes.    

KÄPY –project contributes to the national action plan in Tampere. It also produces new knowledge of multilevel promotion of active commuting to work, where the measures will be focused on physical environment as well as on social and individual factors. Feasibility, effectiveness, stability and cost-effectiveness will be assessed, as well as the decisive factors of active commuting, whether environmental, social or individual.   

The research consortium is directed by the UKK –institute. Research partners are the School of Architecture and Verne Transport Research Centre from TUT. Scientific collaboration will be done with the universities of Oxford and Graz. The other partners are the City of Tampere and Ecofellows Ltd.




  • Duration: April 2015 - March 2018
  • Funded by EU Intereg Botnia-Atlantica
  • Main partners: Novia University of Applied Sciences from Vaasa, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa Region Development Company, Umeå University, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, Narvik University College comes from Norway
  • Leader: Hynynen Ari


TUT School of Architecture joins the Renovation Centre project, that aims at founding a Nordic centre for energy efficent renovations. The center is a Nordic knowledge network that will share best practices and support regional stakeholders with information, education and new pedagogical tools on how to perform sustainable renovations. The primary target groups are companies within the building sector, municipalities and real estate owners. In order to provide relevant information, the project will gather information on end user needs, renovation methods as well as new research needs.


The results will be disseminated through the project website and social media, network meetings and visits to key stakeholders, different types of dissemination events, reports and articles, and mobile e-learning tools. The results will be published in English, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian. The project results will also be spread on a wider basis to Europe through the website and international conferences. To ensure the continuation of the Renovation Centre after the project, different types of organizational models will be explored.



WHOLE - Comprehensive resource efficiency model of urban structure


  • Duration: September 2015 -   December 2016
  • Funded by Finnish Government
  • Main partners:  University of Cambridge / CEDAR and the University of Glasgow / Adam Smith Business School
  • Leader: Panu Lehtovuori, Jaana Vanhatalo


The objective of  the project is to produce a model of the resource effectiveness of the urban structure that is internationally comparable and is adapted to Finland. 

WHOLE-project consists of the following parts:
• The concept of the resource effectiveness and benchmarking of international methods
• Case studies of advancing the sustainable development in land use in Finland
• Present state and development of the evaluation and follow-up methods
• Conclusions and plan of action which supports decision-making


ENCORE  Economically Viable City Centre and Urbanizing Downtown


Exploring new success factors of city centres, ENCORE illustrates the future possibilities of city centres and areas next to them. The research consortium of the project consists of professors and researchers from the School of Architecture at the Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and from Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku (UTU). The project is directed by Prof. Panu Lehtovuori (TUT) and its futures-oriented part by Prof. Sirkka Heinonen (UTU).

The attractiveness of city centres as well as their spatial and functional quality are essential goals for urban planning. The main research question of the foresight part of ENCORE is how the interaction between different actors (citizens, city management, companies, and organisations) can improve the attractiveness and liveability of a city. All development should improve social equity and the quality of the urban environment.

Diverse political, economic and spatial progressions together with the rapidly changing modes of housing, consumption, and work, are influencing the urban environment in unpredictable ways. The current rigid planning systems, however, answer poorly to these transformations. Economically viable city centres and downtown areas require a reform of planning systems and concrete practices, underpinned by a deep understanding of the drivers of urban change. 





Updated by: Sinikka Hakonen, 17.05.2017 15:52.
Keywords: science and research