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Sustainability is more than making compromises

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

Every year, the 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 themes, exhibitions and projects from previous years

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Additional information

Enni Äijälä  
Specialist, partners and outreach 
+358 50 359 4810 
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Tiina Toivola


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