Designs for a Cooler Planet

Designs for a Cooler Planet throughout the times

Familiarise yourself with previous themes, subthemes and exhibitions of all previous Designs for a Cooler Planet festivals.
Designs for a Cooler Planet logo

Every year Designs for a Cooler Planet celebrates change, creativity and multidisciplinarity and highlights their importance through every exhibition, proving that sustainable choice might as well be the most attractive one.

Get to know themes and projects from previous years below to get a glimpse from the better, wiser and more sustainable future.

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

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021: Resource Wisdom

What is wise to design for future generations in a world of plenty?

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021 showcased radical ideas and creative prototypes contributing to a resource-wise future. It offered glimpses to that future with thirty of Aalto's research-based projects under three subthemes: Better to WearInfinite Materials and Loving Environments.

Resource wisdom means using raw materials, energy, products, time, and facilities with care. Wise design respects our common future. It advances wellbeing and carefully considers the impacts of our choices on future generations, society and biodiversity.

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021 was a success, engaging over 2,000 people. It was also covered by both domestic and global media (e.g., Dezeen, Kauppalehti and Tekniikka&Talous).

Events and virtual tours

Look for more information of each subtheme and get to know some of the exhibited projects on event pages. If you would like to dig deeper, virtual tours are also still accessible.

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.

Events
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.

Events
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.

Events
Loving Environments virtual exhibition. Design: Heljä Nieminen

Loving Environments | Virtual Exhibition (external link)

More sustainable and liveable living environments.

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020: Race for the Future
Graphic design: Olga Elliot & Milja Komulainen

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020: Race for the future

We are in a race for a cooler planet.

The clock is counting down. Current issues concerning energy production, single-use products and packaging, aggressive urbanisation and unsustainable consumption are alarming and require radical change.

Achieving our goal of a sustainable transition requires focused, novel approaches from all areas of society. Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020 showcased over 30 Aalto-based projects that show how collaboration between designers, researchers and stakeholders can lead to better solutions for people and the environment to help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

It’s our future, so there’s everything to play for. The four teams racing for the future in 2020 were: Farewell to fossil fuels, Close the loops, Hack our habitat and Consume consciously.

Brave teams in 2020 and their important goals

Look for more information of each subtheme and get to know some of the exhibited projects on event pages.

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020 catalogue

Farewell to fossil fuels

More than half of our energy still comes from fossil fuels. No single technology can replace our reliance on them.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Farewell to fossil fuels

Close the loops

Making things and manufacturing processes produce pollution and environmental degradation, draining natural resources.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Close the Loops

Hack our habitat

Aggressive urbanisation is straining our ecosystem. Rising construction volume causes massive demand for energy-intensive construction materials, and construction already accounts for 39 per cent of the global CO2 emissions.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Hack our Habitat

Consume consciously

Household consumption accounts for more than 60 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 50–80 per cent of total land, material and water use.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Consume Consciously
Designs for a Cooler Planet
Graphic design: Babi Brasileiro

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2019

The first Designs for a Cooler Planet was organised on 2019. In eleven exhibitions it introduced over fourty projects providing solutions for more sustainable lifestyles, from future homeware and ecological luxury textiles to a carbon-free city district. It highlighted the fact that sustainability requires substantial changes within the next ten years in how we move, where we live, what we wear and what we eat. But those changes might as well be the most attractive ones.

The core idea has remained the same ever since. Designs for a Cooler Planet showcases interesting and cross-cutting development projects often done in multidisciplinary teams. Whereas research does not automatically create visual outputs, multidisciplinary collaboration often produces concrete prototypes and models, which are highlighted in the exhibitions.

Designs for a Cooler Planet – Helsinki Design Week 2019

During September 2019, Aalto University's exhibition programme for Helsinki Design Week, titled 'Designs for a Cooler Planet' will introduce solutions for more sustainable lifestyles in Otaniemi

To the 2019 main page
Designs for A Cooler Planet

More about Designs for a Cooler Planet

Designs for a Cooler Planet

Annual exhibition series envisioning sustainable futures through creative concepts

Designs for a Cooler Planet logo

The Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition showcases 30 projects for a more sustainable future

What is wise to design for future generations in a world of plenty?

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

Designs for a Cooler Planet: ‘The Race’ theme calls for action

Collaboration between designers, researchers and stakeholders can lead to better solutions for society and the environment.

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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.

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020: Race for the Future

Designs for a Cooler Planet – Helsinki Design Week 2019

During September 2019, Aalto University's exhibition programme for Helsinki Design Week, titled 'Designs for a Cooler Planet' will introduce solutions for more sustainable lifestyles in Otaniemi

Designs for A Cooler Planet

Tomorrow's Sustainable Lifestyles Showcased in Otaniemi

One of Helsinki Design Week's main events, Designs for a Cooler Planet, will showcase Aalto University's cross-cutting future prototypes, such as a nanocellulose bicycle, microbial headphones and Ioncell clothes

Nanocellulose bicycle Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
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