ONLINE: Designs for a Cooler Planet — online programme

See the virtual event program.
Full program

Note! We’ll organise all the events (except the Infrastructure walk) as virtual events. Visits to Aalto Ice Tank and the Hidaka Ohmu seaweed pavilion are unfortunately cancelled due to the coronavirus regulations.

Ready, steady, go! 

See the Designs For a Cooler Planet virtual event programme below. Events will be in English unless mentioned otherwise. 

Co-creating the future of Food

02:09:20 | ONLINE EVENT SERIES by Co-creating the Future of Food  

09:00 Co-creation in the packaged food and beverage industry
Instagram LIVE talks @designbts with researchers, industry experts and entrepreneurs.

Markus Joutsela photo: Veera Konsti
Pack-AGE lecturer Markus Joutsela organises a webinar about sustainable packaging. photo: Veera Konsti

12:00 Sustainable packaging webinar

Pack-AGE lecturer Markus Joutsela (Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and Pramod Jayaprakash (Spices Chef)
Join the Zoom webinar 

15:00 Regionality and internationalisation in Finnish food
Instagram LIVE talks @designbts with researchers, industry experts and entrepreneurs 

Read more about the Co-Creating the Future of Food events

Pia Fricker Photo: Veera Konsti
Professor of Practice Pia Fricker is one of the speakers at the opening. Photo: Veera Konsti

02:09:20 17:45–18:45 | The opening night

17:50 Welcome words, Designer in Residence Enni Äijälä

18:00 Opening speech, President Ilkka Niemelä

18:05 Flash talks

Reflecting on forests from the designer’s point of view, a personal journey
Saara Kantele, Architect, Contemporary Design master student

Re-Thinking the City. Creating meaningful sustainable urban design
Pia Fricker, Professor of Practice - Professorship for Computational Methodologies in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism

Learnings from the pandemic
Laura Arpiainen, Professor of Practice, Health and Wellbeing Architecture

Join online

Susla is a detailed footprint calculator that provides both carbon and material footprints across five domains: housing, mobility, leisure, food and goods.
Susla is a detailed footprint calculator that provides both carbon and material footprints across five domains: housing, mobility, leisure, food and goods. Photo: Salla Lahtinen

02:-25:09:20 | SUSLA: Race for the Future theme month 

ONLINE on Facebook (Language: Finnish / suomeksi) 

SUSLA Finland is a community for everyone interested in lowering their carbon and material footprints. During September the community presents tips and advices. You can also participate in the community by sharing your own experiences of shifting to a new, sustainable lifestyle and get support for using the SUSLA application. 

You can take part in the event at any time on September by joining our online community on Facebook.  #1o5elämäntavat #suslafinland

Get the calculator: 
Read more about SUSLA

ONLINE: The celebration of global differences in electricity markets

Zoom into the microdata of successful energy market transitions to help design cooler markets. Local market differences can be turned into strengths in scientific understanding.

Watch the performance
Global energy markets performance Helsinki Design Week
Co-creating the future of Food

03:09:20 | Online event series by Co-creating the future of food

09:00 Trends and challenges in the food industry
Instagram LIVE talks @designbts with researchers, industry experts and entrepreneurs.

DesignBites: From Crises to Creativity

12:00 Current state and future outlook of the insect industry
Topi Kairenius / Hyönteiskokki, Fat Lizard Brewing Co. 
Join to the Zoom webinar 

15:00 From crisis to creativity - food and beverage companies responding to the pandemic
Instagram LIVE talks @designbts with researchers, industry experts and entrepreneurs.

Read more about the Co-Creating the Future of Food events

Mikko Raskinen Aalto yliopisto Otaniemi
Walking and talking together gives experts and participants a possibility to learn from each other and from the surroundings. 

08:09:20 17:00–19:00 | Infrastructure walk in Otaniemi

AN OUTDOOR EVENT  (in English)

The walk is a convivial and educational practice, combining technical expertise with local knowledge. It is guided but open-ended, aiming at identifying qualities worth noticing. 

Meeting point in front of Väre, Otaniementie 14. 

Read more about the Infrastructure walk

Registration link

Creatures project logo

09:09:20 | 17:00 – 19:30 | CreaTures (online panel)

The CreaTures panel at Helsinki Design Week will open a space for discussion about existing and potential roles of creative arts and design in driving socio-ecological transformations. 

Read more about CreaTures

Join the panel discussion via Zoom

The event will be in English. 

Designer Julia Lohmann. Photo: Mortti Saarnia
Designer Julia Lohmann will be one of the CreaTures panelists. Photo: Mortti Saarnia

The CreaTures panelists: 

  • Saija Hollmen, Vice Dean of Art and Creative Practices*
  • Pirjo Kääriäinen, Associate Professor in Design and Materialities*
  • Julia Lohmann, Professor of Practice in Contemporary Design*
  • Kirsikka Vaajakallio, Lead Service Designer, Hellon 
  • Ali Akbar Mehta, Artistic Director, Museum of Impossible Forms

Moderators: Marketa Dolejsova and Namkyu Chun, 
Postdoctoral Researchers of CreaTures*

*) Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture

Idil Gaziulusoy Photo: Sanna Lehto
Idil Gaziulusoy Photo: Sanna Lehto

10:09:20 | 13:00 – 14:00 | System Innovations for Business Sustainability 

To adequately address sustainability challenges and climate change businesses need radical transformations. Dr. Idil Gaziulusoy’s research builds theory and practical tools to help businesses achieve alignment between design and innovation efforts with long-term societal visions through mediation of business strategy. Dr. Heli Antila, the Vice President, Biobased Solutions at Fortum to join the event. 

The event is organised with Design Club  & Design Museum 

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Photo by Teemu Välisalmi
Photo: Teemu Välisalmi

10:09:20 14:00–16:30 | BioTech Talks I: NewSilk 2020

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

New biotechnology companies are established, designers and artists are fascinated by biodesign and bioart, and science laboratories open for the public are emerging. But what is synthetic biology? What are the aims, methods, and possible implications? 

Keynote speaker: Daniel Grushkin 

Webinar is for everyone interested in biotechnology.

Designer Pirjo Kääriäinen. Photo: Veera Konsti
CHEMARTS' Pirjo Kääriäinen is one of the speakers at the Biotech Talks. Photo: Veera Konsti

BioTech Talks program and more info:

Register to the event  

The event will be held in English. Max. 500 attendees.

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

15:09:20 15:00-16:30 | Muodikasta vastuullisuutta? -työpaja 

Työpaja on avoin kaikille muoti- ja tekstiiliteollisuuden vastuullisuudesta kiinnostuneille – niin kuluttajille kuin yritysten edustajillekin. Työpajamuotoisuus pyrkii kevyeen virtuaalivuorovaikutteisuuteen. 

Työpaja on suomeksi. The workshop will be in Finnish.

Lue lisää ja ilmoittauduSee also the workshop in English below.

Fabrics dyed with natural colours by Essi Karell. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

21:09:20 18:00-19:30 | Fashionable sustainability? -workshop

The workshop welcomes fashion lovers who are keen to understand and rethink the fashion domain though sustainable lenses. 

The event will be held in English.

Read more about the workshop. Register here

Tuuli Mattelmäki is the Head of Department of Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

23:09:20 | 09:00 – 10:00 | Creative Practices for Transformational Futures 

Associate professor Tuuli Mattelmäki has applied her design expertise in enhancing creative approaches that are inspired by human experiences and everyday practices. The starting point of her research is in empathic and collaborative design and her current interests focus on the role of creative practices and service design for societal and sustainable impact.

Organized with Design Club & Design Museum.

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Designs for a Cooler Planet — Helsinki Design Week 2020

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.

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.

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