Beyond sustainability-as-usual: co-creating transformative change in sustainable living
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?
Which principles of inclusion the New European Bauhaus should adopt? Who needs to be included and considered in decisions of today? Who are excluded from the discussions currently? Whose voices are unheard?
What are the questions the New European Bauhaus should be asking about the future of our planet and us as a species? What should be the values basis of the New European Bauhaus to facilitate transitions to post-carbon, sustainable futures?
What should be the inspiring new principles of aesthetics promoted by the New European Bauhaus that will guide designers during the coming decades? What kind of aesthetic experiences are aligned with the inclusion and sustainability aspirations of 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.
14:15 Keynote 1:
14.40 Keynote 2:
15:15 Flash Talks
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
This list will be updated.
All events here are on Finnish time (Eastern European Time, EET)
March 24, 2021, 13.00 – 17.00: Nordic co-design: New European Bauhaus. Chairman: Matti Kuittinen. Organiser: Ministry of the Environment Finland.
March 25, 10.00 – 13.30: New European Bauhaus Partners event via WEBEX for all official partners (by invitation only)
April 20, 13.00 – 14.30: New European Bauhaus Lunch talk. Speakers: Ruth Reichstein, Policy Analyst and Deputy Head of I.D.E.A. 2 and Dagmar Croes, I.D.E.A., Service Department of the European Commission. More info and register.
April 22, 15.00 – 18.30 & April 23, 14.00 – 18.00: Conversations on the New European Bauhaus. Opening remarks: Ursula von der Leyen. More info here
April 28, 13.00 –17.00 EET: Nordic Co-design event 2: Sustainable aesthetics in the built environment. Organiser: Ministry of the Environment Finland. Register
April 28, 18.00 – 20.00 EET. LASERtalk: Adaptation and Space. Organiser: Aalto University.
May 5, 14.00 – 17.00 EET: Beyond sustainability-as-usual: co-creating transformative change in sustainable living. Chair:Idil Gaziulusoy. Bauhaus remarks: Anna Valtonen. Aalto University’s main New European Bauhaus partner event. REGISTER
May 6, 2021, 10.30 –12.00 EET: Carbon-smart Urban Landscape. Organiser: Aalto University. Register.
May 8, 2021, 12:00-13.00 EET:The National New European Bauhaus event in Finnish. Co-organised by European Commission, Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Culture and Education. Speakers include professor Matti Kuittinen. Follow the live streaming event 7.-9.5.
May 19, 2021, 13.00 – 16.00 EET: Wood Architecture and Design in Bauhaus. Co-organised by Aalto University, Nordic Wood Cities and Ministry of the Environment. Register
June 6, 12.00 – 14.00 EET. What should designers and city planners know about biochar? Place: Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 627 6824 2985. Organiser: Aalto University, Mikko Jalas.
August 26, 2021, 14.00 - 17.00 Online Discussions on Inclusion and Aesthetics. Live-streamed seminar. Organised by the New European Bauhaus partner Accessible Arts and Culture (ACCAC), City of Tampere, Bright Finland and Aalto University. Aalto speaker: Sanna Lehtinen, Research Fellow. More info here.
September 8 –29, 2021: Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition at Otaniemi & online. See the full program. Organiser: Aalto University
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.