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19.3.2021

Lappset Prize to Landscape Architect Johanna Tuokko

Uunisaari_3 Virtuaalimalli.jpg Uunisaari's virtual model was one of Johanna Tuokko's main research sites.
Tuokko Johanna Lappset_stipendiaatti 2020 Aalto yliopisto.jpg Johanna Tuokko investigates how virtual modeling can improve spatial perception ability and take into account, among other things, the effect of seasons and weather conditions.

In her Master's thesis, Tuokko investigates how virtual landscape modeling can be utilized in the participation of spatial planning.

In urban planning, it is important that stakeholders in the region are involved in the design process. In this way, valuable information is obtained about the design area, which contributes to making the design solutions more user-oriented by considering the needs of the participants. However, plan drawings, maps, schematic drawings, visualizations and physical miniature models are not easily understood and read by all involved.

In her Master’s thesis ‘Participating in a Virtual Landscape’, landscape architect Johanna Tuokko explains how virtual modeling can be utilized in the involvement of spatial planning and how it can improve spatial perception ability.

According to the Lappset Committee, the thesis is topical

‘The author has taken over a complex subject and made extensive use of international research literature and case study method. The work is a valuable opening for discussion about the virtual landscape’, the choice is reasoned.

The findings of the thesis present that virtual modeling has a positive effect on participation, but more detailed research is required on what dynamic features and what kind of elements virtual landscape models should include in order to improve spatial perception ability and the experience of influencing.

Thus, Tuokko presents questionnaire research methods in which the dynamic properties of the virtual model would be divided into separate factors to be studied further. This would allow a closer examination of which features of the virtual landscape model could potentially contribute to the perceptibility of the plans and which in turn would not.

The Lappset scholarship is given to the best master’s thesis in landscape architecture and it is awarded each year to a meritorious student in the Landscape Architecture. The prize is 2,000 euros and is donated by Lappset Group Oy.

"Visualized area plans add value to the potential residents and users of spaces. Involving people in the planning phase increases their level of commitment. Combined they help people grasp a truthful image of the planned area. We are delighted to have been able to support research in landscape architecture during many decades by granting prizes to skilled students at the Aalto University", says Erkki Ikaheimo, Director of Design & Innovations at Lappset. 

The supervisor of the work was professor Anssi Joutsiniemi and advisors Juanjo Galan, Lauri Lemmenlehti and Henna Fabritius.

More information:
- Johanna Tuokko, johanna.tuokko@wsp.com
- Professor Anssi Joutsiniemi, anssi.joutsiniemi@aalto.fi
- Director of Design & Innovations, Erkki Ikaheimo, erkki.ikaheimo@lappset.com