Designs for a Cooler Planet

Designs for a Cooler Planet

Designs for a Cooler Planer is annual series of exhibitions envisioning sustainable futures

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020 exhibition piece.
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Sustainability is more than making compromises

Designs for a Cooler planet is annual exhibition series that showcases that sustainability does not mean making compromises or settling for the second best option. It can mean the most fascinating and attractive option, a novel approach to an ordinary things or ability to connect lines in a new way. What matters is the courage to change and be bold.

Every year, exhibition highlights research-based bold, experimental and creative concepts demonstrating radical approaches that aim for transformative change.

Articulated landscapes Exhibition 2020

Cross-cutting projects celebrating creative thinking

Designs for a Cooler Planet celebrates creativity through art and design, but also highlights the need for multidisciplinarity in order to achieve profound change and truly novel solutions. It is part of Helsinki Design Week, one of the largest hubs of creative talent and growth companies in the Baltic Sea region and one of the Finland's biggest design events.

Exhibitions address sustainability at all aspects of life and living, such as built environments, fashion, food and materials, through subthemes that vary each year.

Explore last year's exhibitions below.

Resource Wisdom Designs for a Cooler_Planet heroimage design Aino Salonen and Oona Raadelma

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021: Resource Wisdom

In a world of plenty, what to design for future generations?

Already for decades, we have been overusing our resources. It’s time to design radical systemic changes.

Resource wisdom is about the ability to use different resources – e.g. natural resources, raw materials, energy, products, time and space – with consideration of the next generations and the ecosystems, and by promoting wellbeing and sustainable development. Wise design respects our common future. It advances wellbeing and carefully considers the impacts of our choices on future generations, society and biodiversity.

Under three subthemes, Designs for a Cooler Planet presents glimpses of a wiser future with thirty of Aalto's research-based projects. Take a look into the future!

Resource Wisdom exhibitions

Virtual exhibitions from Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021 are still available, and there is some additional information about exhibited projects related to each subtheme on the event pages, even though events themselves are not relevant anymore.

Better to Wear exhibition visual

Better to Wear

We get dressed each and every day: clothes protect us and help us express ourselves. We can dress better when we re-design the whole textile process from manufacturing to use to recycling.

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Loving environments visual theme

Loving Environments

Construction gobbles up half of the world’s natural resources. Collaboration between scientists, designers, architects, the public sector and companies generates ideas that can make living environments and the construction industry more sustainable.

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Infinite materials theme visual

Infinite Materials

We need to radically cut our consumption of materials and energy by creating materials that are not just renewable but forever reusable.

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Loving Environments virtual exhibition. Design: Heljä Nieminen

Loving Environments | Virtual Exhibition (external link)

More sustainable and liveable living environments.

Additional information

Enni Äijälä  
Specialist, partners and outreach 
+358 50 359 4810 
[email protected] 

Tiina Toivola
Communications 
tiina.toivola@aalto.fi

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Resource Wisdom Designs for a Cooler_Planet heroimage design Aino Salonen and Oona Raadelma

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Designs for a Cooler Planet — Helsinki Design Week 2020

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