Interplay of Cultures Studio: Sámi
The Interplay of Cultures Studio, year 2021, originates in the Sámi culture of Finnish Northern Lapland / Sápmi. From a collaboration with the Siida museum and representatives of the Sámi communities in Inari, Finland, the studio sheds some light on rich Sámi history and culture as well as the complex political and future challenges of the Arctic landscape. The outcome displays a set of projects in most scales, from regional planning to local solutions, designs and hand sized objects. From a humble attempt to become wiser, this exhibition for Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021 foremost commemorates an appreciation for the resilient indigenous northern cultures, Sámi, and further sustainable design solutions and culturally knowledgeable architecture.
The Sámi & Resource Wisdom
Of the many ways that resource wisdom is present in the Sámi cultures, it is especially through the philosophy of living with instead of above nature. The nomadic lifestyle has enabled a strong awareness of our own traces as well as the rich surrounding environment. Amiability, degradability, practicality are just a few of the many aspects naturally integrated into Sámi culture. In traditional Sámi culture, the sole idea of waste - as in our modern society - is practically foreign.
The history of colonial misconduct is tragic, and unfortunately exists much closer than we would often like to think. If we are not suffering another great cultural loss, we need a raised awareness of many matters, derelict, unspoken and unheard that surround us. Before we consider our new grand designs, we should pay attention to the impacts of our choices and values.
Franziska Dalheimer, Gaspard del Marmol, Kathleen Diémé, Astria Excell, Saija Hollmen, Jinwook Hwang, Matti Jänkälä, Valtteri Kaarlamo, Akileia Krohn, Nathanael Larsson, Maria Luice Grayston, Louise Lecerf, Xinyan Li, Ida Lähdesmäki, Petra Minkkinen, Raisa Mäkinen, Sirena Nieminen, Taru Niskanen, Patricia Olaortua, Meeri Pitkänen, Katherine Romero, Emma Savela, Maiju Suomi, Moritz Schineis, Iiris Uusi-Kilponen
Research for sustainability
Complex sustainability challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity and global inequality call for ground-breaking and societally impactful research. Our key research areas give us a unique chance for creating practice-relevant knowledge on cutting-edge sustainability solutions.
Radical ideas and prototypes contributing to a resource-wise future. The exhibitions and online lectures are open to everyone, and they belong to the official Helsinki Design Week programme.
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.
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.
We need to radically cut our consumption of materials and energy by creating materials that are not just renewable but forever reusable.