What's the future made of?
We own countless items and products in our daily lives. Even if you rarely buy things and use them for as long as possible, they eventually have to be replaced. Even the walls and ceilings of our homes are made from enormous amounts of raw materials. The problem is that the globe cannot provide the resources for endless consumption.
We need innovations that push us towards a circular economy – a lifestyle where items and materials can be reused endlessly. This means better alternatives to plastic water bottles, safe methods for recycling plastic and demolition waste, and plant-based materials that won’t end up in landfills.
The bad news. We’re using up the world’s natural resources as if there were an endless supply of them. We would need 1,7 planet Earths to continue our current lifestyle.
The good news. We can develop closed-loop systems where materials are not only reused or recycled but also stored in products and then used again and again. We can increasingly replace non-renewable materials with renewable biomaterials.
- As a decision-maker: Support the green transition and investments in the circular economy.
- As a consumer: Support businesses that are transparent about their production methods and source their raw materials ethically and responsibly.
- As an individual: Repair, reuse and recycle as much as possible. Demand appropriate recycling facilities in your neighbourhood or building.
In Life 1.5, we leave no trace
Explore these science and design collaborations that pave the road towards a better future. Welcome to visit the exhibitions also in person during 7.9. - 12.10. (Väre, Otaniementie 14 and satellite exhibitions in Helsinki city centre).
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.
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.
Buildings and architecture
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.
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.
Mindsets and practices
An interactive exhibition captures the spirit of student experiences in real-world learning, tackling sustainable challenges with partners from the Global South.
The exhibition presents seven experimental productions from the CreaTures Laboratory – a collection of art and design projects aiming to foster positive eco-social change.
In The Aalto University Junior’s project, textile waste is turned into a collective art piece representing the importance of the meadows.
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.
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022: Life 1.5
Read more about our main theme and explore the projects of the other sub-themes:
Designs for a Cooler Planet is a five-week-long festival celebrating experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food.