Possibilities to participate: Potential of ICT-mediated community participation

Providing constituents the possibilities to participate in urban planning via information and communication technologies has become an essential part of the modern urban planning process. This article examines the possibilities and potential of residents to engage with local public bodies on issues regarding planning by using the Internet and ICT in general. The empirical study conducted in Finland identifies different participatory types in residents. It also provides evidence that despite the growing number of opportunities for ICT-mediated community participation, inequalities between residents to use these services remain pervasive and prominent.

Key words: Urban planning, Participation, ICT, Internet, Cluster analysis

Juha Riihelä

FM, arkkitehti yo., Turun yliopisto, Maantieteen ja geologian laitos