News: Archive 2012
01.02.2012 The World Design Capital Helsinki arranges an Open Doors Weekend during February 3-5. Some 180 different events have been planned to delight the residents of Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo, Kauniainen and Lahti: these will be touching and fun meetings involving design. In addition to design, sometimes in very surprising forms and places, the events also promise to offer bread and circus games, performances, clubs, guidance for visitors, lectures, workshops and ideation projects.
02.02.2012 The winners of the Builders of the Future design contest, organised in order to create a monument in honour of the people who contributed to the endowment capital of Aalto University, have been revealed. The first prize was awarded to Aalto University architecture student Ossi Konttinen for his design called Noste.
03.02.2012 The Board of Aalto University has appointed Dean, Professor Ilkka Niemelä Vice President of Academic Affairs at Aalto University as of 1 March 2012. Niemelä will also be the deputy of President Tuula Teeri. He will replace vice president Heikki Mannila, who will begin his duties as President of the Academy of Finland on March 1.
06.02.2012 The Estlander Silver Medals were awarded to Aalto University Professors Kalevi Ekman, Raimo Nikkanen and Markku Salimäki in recognition of significant achievement on behalf of Finnish design. The award ceremony took place at the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 gala in Lahti on 2 February 2012. The gala was one of the WDC year’s signature events.
07.02.2012 Mixing slag generated at Rautaruukki’s steel mill in Raahe with ash from wood incineration results in soil improvement pellets, a new product for forest fertilisation. The Clean Technologies research group of the School of Chemical Technology is examining how solid residues flows and waste generated in the process industry could be used in novel ways.
07.02.2012 The short film called Le Pavilion de la Finlande à l’exposition universelle de 1900 à Paris uses 3D modelling and animation and connected archival materials with computer generated imagery in order to render a simulation of the Finnish Pavilion
07.02.2012 The European Research Council granted Aalto University’s Academy Professor Olli Ikkala funding in the amount of €2.3 million for research on biomimetic nanomaterials. Ikkala’s group specialises in the self-assembly of macromolecules and how to make use of this process when producing functional materials.
14.02.2012 Aalto University and Nokia Siemens Networks to organize an active antenna design competition for students as part World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.
15.02.2012 Textile artist Laura Isoniemi and three textile design students from the School of Arts, Design and Architecture have created interpretations of Kalevala Jewelry in the form of textile art. Their work is on display at the Kalevala Jewelry shop on Unioninkatu in Helsinki.
17.02.2012 In its review of higher education, Talouselämä magazine produced a ranking of Finnish university units in the fields of economics and science and technology. Aalto University reached number one in both categories.
23.02.2012 "Do we change the world to suit us or do we change ourselves to suit the world?" designer Fiona Raby asked during the Human Design or Evolution lecture series, held at Aalto Media Factory.
24.02.2012 Second issue of the Aalto University Magazine has now been published. It is focused on the theme of wellbeing.
27.02.2012 Before the IT frenzy at the turn of the millennium, a new ideology for project management was born from amongst programmers. Called agile development methods, they were created to make the everyday work of programmers more prolific. Customers also benefitted from rapid feedback and from the chance to follow the evolution of projects.
28.02.2012 The Finnish shipbuilding industry may become a future expert in building ecological cities. "The Floating EcoCity concept offers an alternative to land reclamation islands made by suction dredging," says Aaro Söderlund, architect and lecturer of environmental history at Aalto University.