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Close the loops

Designs for a Cooler Planet Close the Loops

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

Single-use and short life-cycle products and packaging generate a lot of waste. During ​​​​​​1950 to 2015, the annual production of plastic has increased nearly 200-fold. The fashion industry alone produces over 92 million tonnes of waste and consumes 79 trillion litres of water per year.

To close the loops, we need to design products that can be fully recycled and with materials that will be reused.

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Note: According to the current coronavirus guidelines, only the Aalto students and personnel can visit the Otaniemi campus exhibitions without pre-booking. From September 7 onwards, we will organise a few small group visits to the exhibitions at Väre and Vuorimiehentie 2. Visits must be booked in advance. Registration links will be updated here in September. For the time being, we’ll organise all events (except Infrastructure walk) as virtual events.

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What’s cooking? Bio-based material experiments by CHEMARTS

From a bio-adhesive to reed panels and cellulose foam, a unique work created in collaboration with designers and biomaterial researchers shows what natural materials can do.

Bioslime by Chiao-wen Hsu & Yu Chen. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Shimmering Wood by Structural Colour Studio

Nature’s brightest colours – like those found in peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are created through microscopically small nanostructures.

Wood-based structural shimmering wood colour has no colour pigments. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

Naturally Dramatic

Sustainable costume design is still in its early days. Despite efforts to move to 'greener' processes, stage and film productions still make costumes in traditional ways with little regard for their impact on the environment or employees.

Colourful costume made with sustainable, natural materials by Urs Dierker

CANCELLED: Hidaka Ohmu – The seaweed pavilion

Due to coronavirus restrictions, we have decided to cancel the seaweed pavilion on the Otaniemi campus. You can experience Julia Lohmann's Kombu Ahtola algae piece at Annantalo (Annankatu 30, Helsinki) on 20 August 2020–31 January 2021.

Julia Lohmann's Kombu Ahtola algae sculpture at Annantalo.

FUNGI – an exploration to the future possibilities of Mycelium as a material

Mycelium is seen in the field of design as a potential future material in various applications.

Mycelium is seen in the field of design as a potential future material in various applications.

Capturing microplastics and pharmaceuticals from waste water

Hormones and other pharmaceuticals ending up in bodies from natural waters are a globally significant environmental problem.

Nanocellulose yarn that captures hormones from waste water. Photo: FINNCERES

ONLINE: Biotech Talks I – NewSilk 2020

'Designing materials on molecular level – what does it mean for researchers, designers - and for the globe?’

Photo by Teemu Välisalmi

The targets to reach

Designs for a Cooler Planet Close the Loops

To make necessary changes, we need intelligent and well-designed solutions.

Donate to Aalto University and support us in achieving our goal of shaping a sustainable future.

Designs for a Cooler Planet

The event is a part of Helsinki Design Week’s official festival programme, the largest design festival in the Nordics takes place 3–13.9.2020. Designs For a Cooler Planet is also one of the EU's Green Week 2020 partner events.

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

Please notice that exhibitions are in four different locations at the Otaniemi campus area which all have different opening hours. Please check specific details from the exhibition pages.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and the event will follow all of the rules and regulations set by the Finnish authorities. The safety of the employees, students and visitors is always prioritised.

Graphic design: Olga Elliot & Milja Komulainen

Designs for a Cooler Planet — Helsinki Design Week 2020
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