Life 1.5 – an exhibition of planet-friendly materials, fashion and food
Imagine a life where everything we use is recycled, upcycled and wisely produced and global warming is capped at 1.5 degrees. A gentler life – for you, for future generations and for the planet.
Each tree, building, garment or even a portion of food has a life of its own, an own individual footprint and a life story. We should relearn to respect our belongings and surroundings. We should treat resources with care, not as disposables.
Aalto researchers and designers invite you to explore experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food.
Visit our three science & design exhibitions that showcase over 20 projects on our campus during 7.9.–12.10.2022. Our two satellite exhibitions are at the centre of Helsinki. See more details below under the three sub themes.
You are also welcome to the open seminars and lectures. See the full programme here.
In case you are curious, take a look at the virtual exhibition as well.
The 1.5-degree lifestyle is a science-based approach to recommend concrete actions to meet the 1.5-degree target of the Paris Agreement. We have to immediately bring down our carbon dioxide emissions to prevent further global warming and reduce our resource extraction to decrease the threat to biodiversity. Every year, we use 1.7 times more ecological resources than our planet provides.
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The event is a part of Helsinki Design Week’s official festival programme and a World Circular Economy Forum 2022 (WCEF) side event. Aalto University is also one of the EU's New European Bauhaus partners.
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Explore all this year's projects
What's the future made of?
CHEMARTS showcases nature-inspired material projects by students and alumni in this Cooler Planet exhibition.
How can we use wood resources thoughtfully and preserve our natural forest environment? Six student project teams explored the potential of cascading demolition wood waste, through panels made of this potentially valuable resource.
This exhibition showcases several ways in which different materials can be used sustainably as new building blocks.
This exhibition showcases NONTOX project results through informative posters and student concept ideas.
Facilitating the future of sustainable textiles and packaging: Aalto University Bioinnovation Center
Aalto University Bioinnovation Center presents projects in sustainable bio-based textiles and packaging, combining design, business and technology in a radically creative way.
Alusta pavilion - a place for encounters between humans and non-human animals in urban space.
The Interplay of Cultures 2022 studio is a masters level course at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture. This year the studio explored Sámi cultures and their way of relating to our material reality.
This exhibition by Josh Krute at Pikku Finlandia Hall in Töölö features relief prints made from cross sections of the building's unique pine tree pillars.
Experience how biofibre-based acoustic panels clear the sound environment. The carbon-negative acoustic panels developed by our research team increase comfort in any space by reducing disturbing sounds.
An interactive exhibition captures the spirit of student experiences in real-world learning, tackling sustainable challenges with partners from the Global South.
The exhibition presents seven experimental productions from the CreaTures Laboratory – a collection of art and design projects aiming to foster positive eco-social change.
In The Aalto University Junior’s project, textile waste is turned into a collective art piece representing the importance of the meadows.
The Design Futures course introduces Aalto University students to the various ways in which design and futures ﬁelds intersect. This exhibition introduces experiential futures of lifestyle 1.5 through objects, artifacts and video.
Showcases prototypes of sustainability solutions through entrepreneurship developed by the students of the Aalto Ventures Programme Spring 2022.
Wear the future
An exhibition featuring prototype textile products and fillings, ranging from interior textiles to fashion apparel.
An exhibition of prototypes of state-of-the-art textiles, clothing and fashion innovations from Aalto. These aren't design science fiction: they’re already well on their way to becoming reality.
What are the most effective ways to reduce the environmental load of fashion? Through new business understanding and new design strategies.
This exhibition showcases a new method to produce textiles from cellulose-rich raw material without the use of toxic chemicals or expensive solvents.
What's on the menu?
Showcased in this exhibition, Aalto University visual communication design students present collaborations with NBW Finland to develop and design user-centered visual packaging and branding concepts for still water.
This exhibition presents the concepts developed by students of the Design Approaches to Sustainable Consumption course.
This video installation and the related mapping workshops ask us to reflect on how our everyday urban environments and circumstances might affect the wider adoption of 1.5 degree lifestyles, or more specifically, of sustainable diets.
Join this panel discussion to learn more about the potential of vertical farming.