Materials Platform exhibitions & events for Helsinki Design Week 2020

Aalto's Designs for a Cooler Planet - Helsinki Design Week 2020 features exhibitions and events across campus in September.
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Aalto's Helsinki Design Week exhibitions and events, Designs for a Cooler Planet, feature multiple cross-disciplinary materials research projects. 

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Colourful costume made with sustainable, natural materials by Urs Dierker

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.

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

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.

Solar Energy Through ChemisTree Photo: Glen Forde

Solar energy through ChemisTree

Is it possible to use trees in electricity production? Surprisingly, yes, it is! Transparent cellulose films enable greater efficiency of solar cells through their haze effect.

We need systemic and fundamental changes in the textile and fashion industry’s business model.

Solving the systemic challenges in textile and fashion industry

We need systemic and fundamental changes in the textile and fashion industry’s business model, including a deceleration of manufacturing and the introduction of sustainable practices throughout the supply chain; decreasing clothing purchases and increasing garment lifetimes.

Battery recycling_photo Valeria Azovskaya

BATCircle – Circular ecosystem of battery metals

Learn more about responsible sourcing, refining and production of active battery materials as well as efficient recycling of end-of-life batteries needed for ongoing energy and mobility transitions.

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

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.

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

Capturing microplastics and pharmaceuticals from waste water

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

laminated white structures against a black background

Layering Cellulose: Recyclable bio-material for structural purposes in furniture, interiors and architecture

Construction industry consumes a lot of materials, which also often are not biodegradable, bio-based or recyclable.

Wood Wonders exhibition at Helsinki airport. Photo: Anne Kinnunen

Wood Wonders exhibition showcases climate-friendly building concepts

If all the buildings constructed in Finland each year were made of wood, the amount of wood needed for their construction would grow back in ten hours.

Prof. Maarit Mäkelä and her work

Soil Matters exhibition at Designmuseum

Explorations on the materiality of soil and how it is interwoven with human activity.

black biochar in a bowl

Carbon Lane – Urban test site for sequestering carbon with biochar

Biochar can significantly increase the long-term capacity of cities to sequester carbon.

Printable solar cell technologies. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

Printable solar cell technologies for smart buildings

Imagine a decorative solar cell that could be integrated into modern buildings without compromising their aesthetics.

Photo by Teemu Välisalmi

ONLINE: Biotech Talks I – NewSilk 2020

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

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