Department of Design

Design for Sustainability

Our sustainability research includes the development of new sustainable materials – especially fibres - research on product-service systems for sustainability, sustainable consumption and research on sustainability transitions.

Julia Lohmannin Hidaka Ohmu. Kuva: Mikko Raskinen
Professor Julia Lohmann research with seaweed

The sustainable design research is closely connected with the NODUS, Fashion/Textiles Futures and INUSE research groups as well as the Creative Sustainability Master’s programme.

Examples of current funded projects

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CreaTures: Creative Practices for Transformational Futures

CreaTures: Creative Practices for Transformational Futures aims at demonstrating effective paths to achieving sustainability, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence at a time of rapid change.

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We need systemic and fundamental changes in the textile and fashion industry’s business model.

Sustainable textile systems: Co-creating resource-wise business for Finland in global textile networks (FINIX)

Sustainable textile systems: Co-creating resource-wise business for Finland in global textile networks (FINIX) is a joint research project with the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto Design Research among others.

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Creative Teamwork in action

Towards Eco-Welfare State: Orchestrating for Systemic (ORSI)

Towards Eco-Welfare State: Orchestrating for Systemic (ORSI) is a joint research project between Tampere University, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto Design Research.

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Sustainability News at the Department of Design

Julia Lohmann's Hidaka Ohmu seaweed pavilion at the A Bloc shopping centre. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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A six-meter wide seaweed installation takes over Finnish shopping centre

Julia Lohmann's globally acknowledged seaweed pavilion is on display around the clock at A Bloc in Otaniemi, Finland.
dried seaweed displayed in reds, yellows and greens
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Engaging with materiality and colour through biocolourants

The BioColour project organizes a broad audience event on Monday 17.8, concentrating on different points of view on materiality and colour. Julia Lohmann, designer and Professor of Practice in Aalto University, is one of the project’s researchers and a speaker in the event.
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020: Race for the Future
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Designs for a Cooler Planet — Helsinki Design Week 2020

Helsinki Design Week at Otaniemi showcases inspiring future designs related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
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Metex Award to Ville Piippo

The thesis, in the field of design, focuses on driving ergonomics and sustainable design of an electric motorbike.

See the other foci of Aalto Design Research

Prof. Maarit Mäkelä and her work

Practice-Based Design Research

Practice-based design research includes artistic research, design-driven exploration on emerging technologies and materials, and the action research–oriented development of new design methods and approaches.

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Aalto Sustainability Hub community

Collaborative and Human-Centred Design

Collaborative and Human-Centred Design research includes co-design, service design, interaction design, user experience, end-user innovation and open design.

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