Thought-provoking prototypes, experiments and perspectives

The annual Designs for a Cooler Planet festival showcases a well-curated collection of projects designed by the Aalto community, on display in exhibitions and events open for all.

The festival celebrates border-crossing creativity and collaboration, both crucial to achieve profound change and find truly novel solutions to the challenges we battle with.

Come and get a glimpse of hope for a better future

Designs for a Cooler Planet will be held for the sixth time in Otaniemi from 6 September to 3 October 2024.

Designs for a Cooler Planet is an official event of Helsinki Design Week and part of the EU Commission's New European Bauhaus initiative.

Cooler Planet 2023
Photo: Kalle Kataila / Aalto University

Cross-cutting projects celebrating creative thinking

Our 2023 festival theme highlighted the role of invisible in our lives and for the future of our planet.

The festival reached around 7 000–9 000 people in Otaniemi and satellite locations. More than 300 corporate R&D executives, donors, foundation representatives, funders and partners attended to our guided exhibition tours.

The most common visitor feedback was 'Multidisciplinarity and multidisciplinary collaboration was surprising' and 'The role of design in research projects is interesting'.

Dive deeper into the Invisible!

Contact Cooler Planet team

Enni Äijälä  
Senior specialist, Outreach with partners 
+358 50 359 4810 
[email protected] 

Tiina Toivola
Communications manager, Radical Creativity

Collaborators: Radical Creativity, Aalto Networking Platform, Advancement and Corporate Engagement, Aalto Communications team, Sustainable Solutions, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Leadership Support Services, Väre Takeout, Strategic Events, and the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

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Iines Jakovlevin teos. Kuva: Anne Kinnunen


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