Beyond sustainability-as-usual: co-creating transformative change in sustainable living

Aalto's main event in New European Bauhaus concentrates on radically bold questions.
Aalto Everyday Experiments Design for Government Photo: Valentina Casalini
Photo: Valentina Casalini

New European Bauhaus aims to create a movement that will fundamentally and positively change how we live. The target is to build inclusive and attractive societies while also being in peace with the nature.  

Aalto's main event during the New European Bauhaus co-creation phase will encourage all participants to collaboratively rethink on a systemic and philosophical level. İdil Gaziulusoy, Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design will be chairing the event.

What should we leave behind and let go of with the New European Bauhaus to create the new principles of inclusion, sustainability and aesthetics? What should be “the new” in the New European Bauhaus?

Vibrant living environments are created through more inclusive, sustainable and aesthetic design

Aalto University's New European Bauhaus event sought bold perspectives on multidisciplinary and systemic change.

An article about the Bauhaus main event
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The agenda

14:00 Welcome
Chair, İdil Gaziulusoy

The New European Bauhaus Initiative
Professor of Strategic Design Anna Valtonen 

14:15 Keynote 1:  
Time to change: Building Wellbeing within the Planetary Boundaries 
Adjunct Professor of Architecture Matti Kuittinen

14.40 Keynote 2:  
Design for Sustainability Transformations: An Agenda for (Post-)pandemic Context
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design, İdil Gaziulusoy 


15:15 Flash Talks

  • Challenges and Opportunities in Making Recycled Fertilizer - the Putretti case.Professor, Environmental Technology, Olli Dahl

  • Collaborative Processes for Better Cities. Architect, D.Sc. (Tech) and Senior Research Fellow Aija Staffans

  • Towards Carbon Neutrality in Construction. Professor, Real Estate Business, Seppo Junnila

  • Creative Practices for Transformational Futures. Associate Professor, Co-design and Service Design, Tuuli Mattelmäki

  • Transformative Urban Aesthetics. Research Fellow Sanna Lehtinen 

  • Socially Involved Architecture: Architect, Vice Dean Saija Hollmén

16:15 Wrap up:İdil Gaziulusoy 

We invite you to send us the bold questions you think the New European Bauhaus movement should bring to the surface. What are the essential questions from your perspective?

The event belongs to Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021.  

Additional information: 

Enni Äijälä, Specialist, partners and outreach 
Aalto Leadership Support Services 
+358 50 359 4810 
[email protected] 

Our Speakers

Idil Gaziulusoy Aalto University Photo Veera Konsti
Photo: Veera Konsti

İdil Gaziulusoy  
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design

Dr. İdil Gaziulusoy is a sustainability scientist and a design researcher, currently at Aalto University’s Department of Design. 

She has worked in Turkey, New Zealand, Australia and Finland in academic and practice contexts undertaking research, education and consulting roles. 

Her main interests include sustainable and post-carbon urban futures and transformative sustainability innovation in business. 

Anna Valtonen
Photo: Mikko Raskinen

Anna Valtonen  
Professor of Strategic Design

Dr. Anna Valtonen writes about the history of design (often in companies), as well as the future possibilities thereof. 

Design has always been about change, about how to change the existing situation into a preferred one. Much of Valtonen’s work has been about facilitating this change and increasing collaboration across fields.

She has a broad background in industry, academia, and is actively involved in several national and EU-level boards, advisory groups and consortia. 

Matti Kuittinen_Aalto University photo Evelin Kask
Photo: Evelin Kask

Matti Kuittinen  
Adjuct Professor of Resource-efficient Construction

Dr. Matti Kuittinen is a professor at the Department of Architecture.

His scientific work is focused on climate change mitigation at the crossroads of architecture, engineering and ecology.

Dr. Kuittinen also develops policies for low carbon construction and circular economy as a Senior Specialist at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland. 

Saija Hollmén Aalto University

Saija Hollmén 
Professor of Practice in Humanitarian Architecture

Dr. Saija Hollmén is a professor and Vice Dean for Art and Creative Practices at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

She holds a doctoral degree in architecture, her research interest covering topics of cross-cultural design practices and interdisciplinary pedagogies in higher education.

She is a co-founder of the interdisciplinary Aalto WiTLAB (Aalto World in Transition Research LAB), which focuses on global sustainability and humanitarian challenges. 

Seppo Junnila Aalto

Seppo Junnila
Professor of Sustainable Real Estate Business

Dr. Seppo Junnila is a professor at School of Engineering. He has worked several times as a visiting scholar in the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University.

Before joining the academy, Dr. Junnila worked, for example, as a Head of Business Development and a Department Manager at Pöyry and as a Business Director at Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra).

Currently, Dr. Junnila's research focuses on low-carbon urbanization, life-cycle technologies and management, and sustainable business innovation in built environment. 

Aija Staffans Aalto

Aija Staffans 
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Aija Staffans is an architect and works as Senior Research Fellow at School of Engineering. Her research interest is in urban planning and design, especially in collaborative processes and knowledge integration.

She is a pioneer in developing participatory met­hods and digitally supported platforms for land use planning. Since 2018, she manages the multi-disciplinary key research area of human-centered living environments, Aalto Living+.

In 2016-2019 she visited Politecnico di Milano and from 2021 she is affiliated to Tallinn University of Technology. 

 Olli Dahl Aalto

Olli Dahl 
Professor of Environmental Technology

Dr (tech.) Olli Dahl is a professor of environmental technology within process industry.

He is a head of the Clean Technologies research group at Department of Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems at School of Chemical Engineering. 

Dahl is also a counsellor in environmental issues at the Supreme Administrative Court in Finland. 

Tuuli Mattelmäki Aalto photo Liina Nurmi
Photo: Liina Nurmi

Tuuli Mattelmäki 
Associate professor in Design 

Dr. Tuuli Mattelmäki is associate professor and head of Department of Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. 

The starting point of her research is in empathic, creative and participative approaches in design.

Currently, her current interests focus on the role and potentials of creative practices and service design for societal and sustainable impact. 

Sanna Lehtinen Aalto University

Sanna Lehtinen
Research Fellow

Dr. Sanna Lehtinen is a Research Fellow in the Transdisciplinary Arts Studies unit at School of Arts, Design and Architecture. 

Her research focuses on urban aesthetics and the philosophy of the city. 

Dr. Lehtinen is the President of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Aesthetics, and a Codirector in the board of the international Philosophy of the City Research Group.  

Participate in the New European Bauhaus events

A New Bauhaus for a Green Deal by Christian Bason, Rowan Conway, Dan Hill and Mariana Mazzucato, Page 9.
A New Bauhaus for a Green Deal by Christian Bason, Rowan Conway, Dan Hill and Mariana Mazzucato, Page 9

A New Bauhaus for a Green Deal report

The report by Christian Bason, Rowan Conway, Dan Hill and Mariana Mazzucato discusses the New Bauhaus as a necessary precondition for retooling Europe’s design capabilities for a mission-oriented Green Deal.

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Contribute to the New European Bauhaus initiative this Spring

We all have the possibility to contribute to the EU’s Green Deal pilots and agenda during Spring 2021. 

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Aalto is a partner in the New European Bauhaus initiative

The EU initiative imagines future ways of living by combining design, culture, social inclusion, science and technology.

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