Life 1.5 – an exhibition of planet-friendly materials, fashion and food

Explore what Life 1.5 could be - join our festival celebrating experiments towards a more sustainable future. The exhibitions are open for everyone, and they belong to the official Helsinki Design Week programme.
Life 1.5 in black font and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.
Visual identity design: Milja Komulainen & Hares Bassil

Imagine a life where everything we use is recycled, upcycled and wisely produced and global warming is capped at 1.5 degrees. A gentler life – for you, for future generations and for the planet.  

Each tree, building, garment or even a portion of food has a life of its own, an own individual footprint and a life story. We should relearn to respect our belongings and surroundings. We should treat resources with care, not as disposables.

Aalto researchers and designers invite you to explore experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food.  

Visit our three science & design exhibitions that showcase over 20 projects on our campus during 7.9.–12.10.2022. Our two satellite exhibitions are at the centre of Helsinki. See more details below under the three sub themes.

You are also welcome to the open seminars and lectures. See the full programme here.

In case you are curious, take a look at the virtual exhibition as well.

Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022: Life 1.5

Explore the projects through our three sub-themes:

Black font stating "What's the future made of?" and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.

What's the future made of?

Planet-friendly alternatives for materials, mindsets and architecture.

Black font stating "Wear the future." and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.

Wear the future!

Slow and more sustainable textiles, clothing and fashion systems.

Black font stating "What's on the menu?" and Designs for a Cooler Planet logo on a white, fragmented background.

What's on the menu?

Better alternatives for food, food systems and packaging.

Programme in black and white font, on black and white background with fragmented effect.
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022 virtual exhibition cover.

Life 1.5 | Aalto Virtual Exhibitions (external link)

Get a taste of what Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022 is all about.

Additional information 

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

Tiina Toivola 
Communications Manager, Radical Creativity
+358 50 326 0300

The event is a part of Helsinki Design Week’s official festival programme and a World Circular Economy Forum 2022 (WCEF) side event. Aalto University is also one of the EU's New European Bauhaus partners.

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Designs for a Cooler Planet

Explore all this year's projects

What's the future made of?

Second Nature by CHEMARTS

CHEMARTS showcases nature-inspired material projects by students and alumni in this Cooler Planet exhibition.

Coral installation by Megan McGlynn

Re-valuing wood – another look at wood and the forest

How can we use wood resources thoughtfully and preserve our natural forest environment? Six student project teams explored the potential of cascading demolition wood waste, through panels made of this potentially valuable resource.

Composite image of six different wood-waste-based sculpture projects

Building blocks of a better future

This exhibition showcases several ways in which different materials can be used sustainably as new building blocks.

Image of three building blocks

NONTOX – Improving circularity of plastics

This exhibition showcases NONTOX project results through informative posters and student concept ideas.

Infographic of the NONTOX project

Facilitating the future of sustainable textiles and packaging: Aalto University Bioinnovation Center

Aalto University Bioinnovation Center presents projects in sustainable bio-based textiles and packaging, combining design, business and technology in a radically creative way.

A web-like biomaterial on a bright substrate

Alusta pavilion – Environmentally conscious architecture

A place for encounters between humans and non-human animals.

Alusta pavilion

Interplay of Cultures Studio 2022 Sámi: Architecture that leaves no trace in the environment

The Interplay of Cultures 2022 studio is a masters level course at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture. This year the studio explored Sámi cultures and their way of relating to our material reality.

Image representing the Sami culture

The Trees of Pikku Finlandia

This exhibition by Josh Krute at Pikku Finlandia Hall in Töölö features relief prints made from cross sections of the building's unique pine tree pillars.

Josh Krute with the Pikku Finlandia tree designs

Towards carbon negative acoustic environments in buildings

Experience how biofibre-based acoustic panels clear the sound environment. The carbon-negative acoustic panels developed by our research team increase comfort in any space by reducing disturbing sounds.

Sustainable acoustic materials

From dreams to action! Stories from Sustainable Global Technologies Programme

An interactive exhibition captures the spirit of student experiences in real-world learning, tackling sustainable challenges with partners from the Global South.

Nine students wearing bright colours carrying notebooks walking down a street with buildings in the background

CreaTures – Creative Practices for Transformational Futures

The exhibition presents seven experimental productions from the CreaTures Laboratory – a collection of art and design projects aiming to foster positive eco-social change.

Nocturne: Sea Altar at the Atmospheres Deep exhibition (image credit: Isabel Beavers).

Pollinator's delight: a participatory art piece from textile waste promoting biodiversity

In The Aalto University Junior’s project, textile waste is turned into a collective art piece representing the importance of the meadows.

Lähikuva käsistä, jotka kiinnittävät kankaasta tehtyjä kukkia kanaverkkoon

Designing Experiential Futures for 1.5 Degree Lifestyles

The Design Futures course introduces Aalto University students to the various ways in which design and futures fields intersect. This exhibition introduces experiential futures of lifestyle 1.5 through objects, artifacts and video.

Students sitting in a class room

Sustainability Through Entrepreneurship

Showcases prototypes of sustainability solutions through entrepreneurship developed by the students of the Aalto Ventures Programme Spring 2022. 

Sustainability through entrepreneurship poster

Wear the future

Fluff Stuff: Textile fillings from rewetted peatlands

An exhibition featuring prototype textile products and fillings, ranging from interior textiles to fashion apparel.

Colour photo of a human hand holding a cattail flower that is spilling fluffy seeds on a black background

Wardrobe of the Future

An exhibition of prototypes of state-of-the-art textiles, clothing and fashion innovations from Aalto. These aren't design science fiction: they’re already well on their way to becoming reality.

Shimmering Wood sneaker designed by by Noora Yau & Konrad Klockars. Photo: Kalle Kataila

Better Balance In The Fashion System

What are the most effective ways to reduce the environmental load of fashion? Through new business understanding and new design strategies.


New textile applications from underutilized plant-based side streams

This exhibition showcases a new method to produce textiles from cellulose-rich raw material without the use of toxic chemicals or expensive solvents.

Sample of Norratex

What's on the menu?

The Next Water Packaging

Showcased in this exhibition, Aalto University visual communication design students present collaborations with NBW Finland to develop and design user-centered visual packaging and branding concepts for still water.

Still water packages designed by students of VCD’s Experiment Process course

Retail 1.5 – How can the retail facilitate 1.5-degree food?

This exhibition presents the concepts developed by students of the Design Approaches to Sustainable Consumption course.

Two men shopping

Urban Foodscapes 1.5

This video installation and the related mapping workshops ask us to reflect on how our everyday urban environments and circumstances might affect the wider adoption of 1.5 degree lifestyles, or more specifically, of sustainable diets.

Still image from the Urban Foodscapes video installation

The Future of Vertical Farming

Join this panel discussion to learn more about the potential of vertical farming.

A pilot room of vertical farming
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