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Juho Rajaniemi

Professor, Vice Dean for Education
Tampere University
phone number+358 44 524 7245
Hervanta Campus

About me

I have dedicated to the problematics between the Finnish planning system and urban growth. I am also interested in the power issues related to urban planning and design. I'm a member of ADELE2 multidisciplinary research project consortium, which develops, among other things, commercially interesting scenarios on how to enhance the fitness of immune system in an urban environment. The project combines the latest medical and environmental ecological expertise with consumer orientation and urban planning. In addition, I am also involved in multidisciplinary communities Tampere Urban Research Network (TURN) and the Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS). During my career as an architect and urban planner, I've compiled over 70 urban plans and over 50 architectural projects.

Responsibilities

I am Professor of Urban Planning at the School of Architecture and Vice-Dean for Education at the Faculty of Built Environment.

Fields of expertise

Urban planning and design, city planning, architecture.

Top achievements

Siikaluoto, Pietarsaari: Transforming Industrial Area to a Living Part of the City Centre, common architectural idea competition, purchase (together with architects Tapio Kangasaho and Jon Thureson) 2015 (31 entries)

Sibbesborg: International Competition for Sustainable Community Development, 3rd prize (together with architect Jouko Kunnas) 2012 (30 entries)

Henna Masterplan, Orimattila, 2011, an ecological city for 14 000 inhabitants (together with architect Jouko Kunnas)

The Innovative Town Concept for the Future, international idea competition, shared 1st prize (together with architect Jouko Kunnas) 2010 (72 entries)

Main positions of trust

Tampere Urban Research Network (TURN), Founder member 2019-

Association for Literary Urban Studies (ALUS), Board member 2015-2019, Board Vice Member 2020-

Mission statement

Research topics

Finnish planning system, healthy city, city growth and decline, urban utopias.

Research unit

Urban Planning Research Group

Funding

Urban planning and design resarch, city planning research, architectural research.

Selected publications

Taylor J., Jokela S., Laine M., Rajaniemi J., Jokinen P., Häikiö L., Lönnqvist A. (2021) Learning and Teaching Interdisciplinary Skills in Sustainable Urban Development—The Case of Tampere University, Finland. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1180.

Roslund M., Puhakka R., Grönroos M., Nurminen N., Oikarinen S., Siter N., Vari H., Laitinen O., Rajaniemi J., Hyöty H., Sinkkonen A. (2020). Biodiversity intervention improves immune regulation and commensal microbiota among daycare children. Science Advances.

Corredor-Ochoa, Á., Antuña-Rozado, C., Fariña-Tojo, J. & Rajaniemi, J. (2020). Challenges in assessing urban sustainability. Verma P, Singh P, Singh R & Singh Raghubanshi A (eds.). Urban Ecology: Emerging Patterns and Social-Ecological Systems. Elsevier, 355-374.

Parajuli, A., Hui, N., Puhakka, R., Oikarinen, S., Grönroos, M., Selonen, VAO, Siter, N., … Rajaniemi, J., Hyöty, H. & Sinkkonen, A. (2020). Yard vegetation is associated with gut microbiota composition. Science of the Total Environment, Volume 713, 136707. 

Rantanen, A., & Rajaniemi, J. (2019). Urban Planning in the Post-Zoning Era: From Hierarchy to Self-Organization in the Reform of the Finnish Land Use and Building Act. Environment & Planning B: Planning and Design. https://doi.org/10.1177/2399808319893686

Puhakka, R., Rantala, O., Roslund, M. I., Rajaniemi, J., Laitinen, O., Sinkkonen, A., & ADELE Research Group (2019). Greening of Daycare Yards with Biodiverse Materials Affords Well-Being, Play and Environmental Relationships. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(16), [2948]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162948

Rajaniemi, J., & Chudoba, M. (Toimittajat) (2018). Re-City. (Im)possible cities. (DATUTOP). Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture.

Rajaniemi, J., Häkli, J., Rauhala, K., & Sumkin, H. (2018). Urbanisoituva yliopistokampus informaalin oppimisen mahdollistajana. Aikuiskasvatus, 2018(1), 18-29. 

Jama, T., Lehtovuori, P., Rajaniemi, J., Siikonen, M., Mäntynen, J., Rantanen, A., ... Saarniaho, K. (2018). Ideoita kaavoituksen sisällön uudistamiseen: Kaavojen merkintöjen ja määräysten kehittäminen (KAMMI-hanke). Helsinki: Ympäristöministeriö.

Rajaniemi, J. (2018). Epätoivon kaupungit ja perirealistinen dystopia. Futura, 36(4), 19-27. 

Rajaniemi, J. (Toimittaja) (2016). Re-city. Future city - combining disciplines. (DATUTOP; Vuosikerta 34). Tampere: Tampere University of Technology, School of Architecture.

Rajaniemi, J. (2006). Kasvun kaavoitus. Tapaus Raahe 1961-1996. Kankaanpää: Messon Oy.