Time out! Rethinking construction

The construction sector is affecting climate, ecosystems, humans, and non-humans every day – and mostly in negative ways. At Aalto University, we’re calling time out!
Constructuion site with cranes and birds
Image: Danist Soh / Unsplash

We easily settle for ‘less bad’, believing that massive changes are out of our hands. But the truth is, we can’t afford less bad. We need to rethink the entire approach to building. 

What if we tended the existing and only built new in a way that benefits the planet – if we built at all? The exhibition challenges the status quo of the construction sector and lays out three steps to keep the built environment within planetary boundaries. The exhibited projects provide practical examples of construction methods that draw their inspiration from nature as well as ancient cultures.

Visit the online exhibition!

Exhibition team 
Matti Kuittinen 
Sini Koskimies 
Enni Äijälä 
Milja Komulainen 
Markus Koistinen  

Research insights 
Maarit Mäkelä 
Jussi Leveinen 
Priska Falin 
Amedeo Martinez 
Leena Korkiala-Tanttu 
Anssi Luoma 
Johanna Hyrkäs 
Jaakko Torvinen 
Havu Järvelä 
Elli Wendelin 
Pekka Heikkinen 
Jaana Vapaavuori 
Hamidreza Daghigh Shirazi 
Ari Jokilaakso 
Mark Hughes 
Saara Kantele

More information:
Sini Koskimies, Communications Manager, Aalto ARTS
[email protected]
+358 50 476 0694 

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