Helsinki Design Week 2021 lands in Otaniemi in September, showcasing three paths to resource wisdom

What is wise to design for future generations? Luxurious biocolours from fields, wearable solar cells and a lot more. Have a look into the future!
Resource Wisdom - Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021
Graphic design: Aino Salonen & Oona Raadelma

Resource wisdom means the ability to use raw materials, energy, products, time, or facilities advisedly. Wise designs respect our future: they advance wellbeing and carefully consider the impacts of our current choices on future generations, society and biodiversity.

In Finland, a close relationship with nature is combined with high technological and design expertise. Complex problems are solved by collaborating across disciplines and organizational boundaries. Curious experiments can, for example, lead to solar cell clothing or luxurious colours from the fields.

Under three subthemes, Designs for a Cooler Planet presents glimpses of a wiser future: thirty Aalto's research-based projects. Come and experience these cool prototypes for yourself! Everyone is also welcome to participate in our online events.

The event is an official part of Helsinki Design Week, New European Bauhaus and Year of Research-based Knowledge 2021 programmes.

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Other Kinds of Fashion design: Sofia Ilmonen photo_ Juho Huttunen
Hyères fashion competition finalist Sofia Ilmonen's modular design. Photo: Juho Huttunen

Better to Wear

We dress every day: clothes protect us and we express ourselves through them. Synthetic textiles, dyes and treatments have made clothing inexpensive but harmful to the environment.

We can dress better when we re-design the whole textile process from manufacturing to use and recycling. We will display interesting experiments: luxurious natural colors, new aesthetics of sustainable dressing, wearable solar cells and much more.


Wood Wonders exhibition's wooden scale models: Photo: Tiina Toivola
Wooden scale models: Photo: Tiina Toivola

Loving Environments

Care for our shared environment enriches nature, local identities and our well-being. Diversity requires harmony with natural and cultural heritage, a caring attitude towards common habitats.

When we develop our living environments wisely, also animals and plants thrive. What kind of architecture suits to the sensitive Arctic areas? What amazing designs we can build out of wood? What does culturally sensitive and planet-centric architecture and design mean? What new design tools have we developed to take these perspectives into account?

Biomaterials Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
Biomaterials Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Infinite Materials

Our aim is to develop materials that are not disposable, but renewable and can be circulated and reused forever.

We need to make sure that we consume resources within the planetary boundaries, minimise material and energy consumption and favour recycled and renewable materials. Come and see promising concepts like microbial cell phone shells and foam wood, that is a sustainable insulation and packaging material. Find out what can be made of forest industry's by-product, lignin polymer.


Have a look at our previous events

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2020: Race for the Future

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

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

Aalto Everyday Experiments Design for Government Photo: Valentina Casalini

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

Aalto's main event in New European Bauhaus concentrates on radically bold questions.

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