Digital Landscape Architecture Laboratory: “Landscape in Transformation – Interactive DataSets in Virtual Reality”

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Landscape architecture is currently at a major crossroad: the conventional
approaches to landscape architecture cannot sufficiently support the increasing
complexity of environmental and societal issues that require solutions that are both visionary and sustainable. Therefore, landscape architects must explore new design strategies that can accommodate the complex issues facing the profession today. The massive increase in scale that is often involved means that traditional tools of design cannot take proper advantage of the wealth of information at our disposal. To date, data integration into large-scale landscape architecture has been limited mainly to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyses for planning and evaluation or for pure data visualization. As part of the international discourse on the theme Big Data – Data Overload, the main goal of this paper is to present a strategy for combining visionary application fields of human interaction with large-scale environmental data flow in the realms of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). The multidisciplinary research project, Landscape in Transformation, at Aalto University in Finland aims at developing an innovative platform in VR/AR to enable the designer and the future users of landscape architecture projects to actively understand and interact with the hidden layers (datasets) of the site. The perception, imagination and engagement with abstract data will open up new possibilities for revealing the
relevance of datasets in relation to design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Alvar Aalto Meeting on Contemporary Architecture
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology and Humanism
PublisherThe Alvar Aalto Foundation
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2017
MoE publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventInternational Alvar Aalto Meeting on Contemporary Architecture : Humanity and Technology - Seinäjoki City Hall, Seinäjoki, Finland
Duration: 14 Sep 201715 Sep 2017
Conference number: 6


ConferenceInternational Alvar Aalto Meeting on Contemporary Architecture
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