Juanjo Galan Vivas
Department of Architecture

Juanjo Galan Vivas

Professor (Associate Professor)

Contact information

Postal address
Otaniementie 14, 02150 Espoo Juanjo Galan Associate Professor School of Arts, Design and Architecture Department of Architecture Landscape Architecture
Mobile phone
+358469221800
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Description

Juanjo Galan is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Aalto University. Galan’s research focuses on Landscape Planning, Landscape Design, Sustainable Development, Regional & Urban Planning and, on a more general level, on the intersections between social and ecological systems.

MAIN INTERESTS AND RESEARCH FIELDS:

LANDSCAPE DESIGN:

  • Methodologies in landscape design

LANDSCAPE & URBAN PLANNING:

  • Sustainability and Urban Planning
  • Green urban systems.
  • Ecologic principles in regional and local landscape interventions.
  • Transformation of derelict or damaged sites

LANDSCAPE AND SUSTAINABLE REGIONAL PLANNING:

  • Landscape Planning and Landscape Visual assessment.
  • Methodologies for the use of Landscape inputs in Regional Planning.
  • Regional Green Infrastructures as a planning and landscape tool.
  • Public Participation in Landscape and territorial Planning (regional or local).
  • Management and public use of Natural Areas and Green urban areas.
  • Regional Sustainability and Regional Metabolisms

Areas of expertise

Landscape Design; Landscape Management; Landscape Characterization Landscape Assessment Green infrastructure Landscape Architecture

Honors and awards

Invitation or ranking in competition
Department of Architecture
Sep 2018

International Competition of Landscape Architecture Programmes (organized by the 10th Biennial of Landscape Architecture of Barcelona)

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Architecture
Jan 2018

Adaptation of European Landscapes to Climate Change (AELCLIC).

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Architecture
Dec 2018

Helsinki Metropolitan Area: Green Infrastructure Plan 2050 The thesis studies the ‘green infrastructure’ of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Green infrastructure refers to the strategically planned network of green and blue structure. The aim of the thesis is to present principles for a common Green Infrastructure Plan of Helsinki Metropolitan Area that would be more precise than the Regional Land Use Plan for Helsinki-Uusimaa but more general than the individual masterplans of the cities. <br/> <br/>In this thesis, the existing green infrastructure of Helsinki Metropolitan Area and its quality is assessed by following criteria: 1) ecosystem services supply, i.e. benefits of nature to people, 2) biodiversity and 3) green structure connectivity, i.e. how well larger green areas are connected to each other. In addition, the future green infrastructure quality is affected by ecosystem services demand i.e. where the people are located compared to ecosystem services supply, and by future challenges like climate change and planned land use changes. <br/> <br/>Existing location-based data was used as a key assessment material, and it was reclassified according to the need based on the criteria defined in the thesis. In the thesis, the core of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area green infrastructure consists of both green areas that belong to the best 20% based on ecosystem services supply and / or biodiversity and green connections connecting the areas to each other. By comparing the defined top 20% green infrastructure to the Helsinki Metropolitan Area planned land use, it was discovered that while the masterplans of the cities mainly recognise the top 20% Helsinki Metropolitan Area green infrastructure, some conflicts also emerge. <br/> <br/>In this thesis, the main discovered challenges of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area green infrastructure are the presently poor green quality within built-up areas, connectivity together with future planned large land-use changes, densification along green fingers / areas, increasing ES demand i.e. pressure on the green, increasing rainfall and the rise of sea level caused by climate change. As a conclusion, the thesis proposes a common green infrastructure plan for the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Possible elaborating strategies are also discussed. <br/> <br/>Green infrastructure is in the key position both in cities’ adaptation to climate change and in securing resilience, i.e. ability to act under changing conditions. Mainstreaming the concepts of green infrastructure, ecosystem services and biodiversity might help in fitting land use development interests together with GI challenges in a sustainable way. The green infrastructure of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area should be understood as a whole, and it should be planned in cooperation with the cities, developers and citizens, regardless of the administrative boundaries.

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Architecture
Dec 2018

Kivinokka – a cultural landscape in transition This master’s thesis studies Kivinokka as an urban landscape where cultural heritage and meanings have cumulated over time. Kivinokka is a 68-hectare large cape in the neighbourhoods of Herttoniemi and Kulosaari in southeastern Helsinki. It has a history as a landscape of leisure. Kivinokka transformed from a rural landscape of production to a landscape of leisure during the 19th century, when the owners of the Brändö manor, located in Kivinokka, began using it as their summer residence. Workers started to spend their summers in Kivinokka in the beginning of the 20th century. In the 1930’s, the city founded a folkpark, a recreational area dedicated to the working class, in Kivinokka. Today, this tradition of free time lives on in Kivinokka in the form of summer huts and an allotment garden, and the area has been named a regionally significant cultural landscape as a remnant of a 20th century working class summer colony. <br/> <br/><br/> <br/>The aim of the thesis is to examine the cultural heritage of landscape through a concrete example. In the thesis, the formation of cultural heritage is seen as an ongoing process arising from the interaction between the physical environment and culture. The focus of the thesis on the significance and the different roles Kivinokka has had in Helsinki at different times, and they are mirrored to the present-day. <br/> <br/>In the first part, the goals for the thesis are set. The second part examines the development of Kivinokka in the context of the changing city. It analyses how the meanings of Kivinokka have evolved along with the societal changes and how these meanings are visible in the landscape. The third part presents Kivinokka’s present state from its social environment to its functionality, built environment and natural environment. <br/> <br/>The objective of the plan is to reconcile Kivinokka’s present values and its cultural heritage with its changed role in the city. The history and legacy of Kivinokka are seen as strenghts that should guide its future change. The plan outlines how the 20th century folkpark transforms into a 21st century urban commons.

Publications

Department of Architecture

New paradigms and concepts for urban nature: an integrative model practical applications in landscape planning education at Aalto university

Publishing year: 2019 Lessons from the past, visions for the future
Department of Architecture

Landscape Observatory of Finland: Annual Report 2018

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Architecture

Sectoral Plans and Pilot Projects for Sustainable Development

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Architecture

Incorporating Metabolic Thinking into Regional Planning: The Case of the Sierra Calderona Strategic Plan

Publishing year: 2019 Urban Planning
Department of Architecture

Rehabilitación del espacio del antiguo huerto del Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda

Publishing year: 2018 Rehabilitación arquitéctonica del Colegio del Arte Mayor de la Seda de Valencia
Department of Architecture

Vernacular landscapes, toward a conceptual and contextual definition

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Architecture

Analysis and Strategies for Sustainable Regional Planning

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Architecture

Máster en jardinería y paisaje de la Universidad Politécnica de Valencia

Publishing year: 2018 Aportaciones de la Escuela Española de Valoración
Department of Architecture

Pedagogical and Academic Reflections from the iWater Summer Schools: Storm Water Management in Urban and Landscape Planning

Publishing year: 2018 Landscapes of Conflict: ECLAS conference Ghent 2018
Department of Architecture

Commentary: Thinking of desirables futures, imagining better cities

Publishing year: 2018 Confused Suburban Identities: A Case Study of Helsinki Region