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Landscape architect Eetu Mykkanen receives Lappset prize

Mykkänen Eetu.jpg Landscape architect Eetu Mykkanen received Lappset's prize for the best Master's thesis at the Aalto university School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The prize is part of Lappset Group's social responsibility and cooperation with higher education institutions.
Superkilen Copenhagen.jpg Superkilen suburb in Copenhagen was one of Eetu Mykkanen's examples of areas where the identity of the place has been considered well.

Mykkanen's Master’s thesis addresses identity and its importance for landscape architects. The prize given at the Green Days Fair in Jyvaskyla on 8 February 2023.

Understanding landscape identity is taken for granted in the work of a landscape architect or architect. However, Eetu Mykkanen shows in his Master’s thesis that identity is a more complex phenomenon than imagined, and that a deep understanding of it is often lacking in our field.

It is therefore important to increase designers and planners' understanding of identity construction and the ways in which landscape architects can influence both the identity of a place and, through this, the personal identities of its inhabitants and the people who experience it. Spaces, functions and symbolism/symbolic meanings have the potential to both represent and marginalise identities. Mykkänen uses as an example the material from the idea competition for suburb Kontula’s centre to show that in our field identity is often treated superficially and without a human and social dimension.
The Lappset committee considers the topic of the Master’s thesis to be socially relevant and theoretically interesting.
‘The work is a critical and stimulating discussion on the role of identity in landscape architecture. It highlights the responsibility of the designer in shaping the identities of places and, by extension, of people. We influence identities - whether we do it consciously or not,’ the prize is justified. 
The Lappset prize is given to the best Master's thesis in landscape architecture. It is awarded annually to the author of the best Master’s thesis in Aalto University's Landscape Architecture programme. The prize amounts to EUR 2.000 and is donated by Lappset Group Oy.  The prize is part of Lappset Group's social responsibility and cooperation with higher education institutions.
The thesis was supervised by Professor Jyrki Sinkkila, Aalto University and advised by PhD Pekka Tuominen, University of Helsinki. 
Eetu Mykkanen

Emilia Weckman
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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