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Aalto Sustainability Hub: Aalto ARTS presents

The 3rd research seminar by Aalto Sustainability Hub (ASH) took place on 30th of November 2017 in Otaniemi campus.

In this seminar, the school of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS) presented a number of approaches to sustainability, which formed an encompassing glimpse of the sustainability research and education within Aalto ARTS. The presentations from the teachers and researchers were followed by a vivid panel discussion on the role of Aalto ARTS in sustainability within Aalto University and on a local and global scale.

“Sustainability in the mega cities is not only a technical issue, but also a question about humanities and how we organize the cities.” Ramia Maze

The conversation ranged from the multiple descriptions for sustainability to seeking for the significant leverage points for sustainability. In particular, the question of sustainability as a utopia guided the discussion towards humanities and to the contradiction between desires and sustainability, but also towards a deliberation on the alternatives to an anthropocentric view of sustainability. However, the diversity of views and approaches to sustainability was not only seen as a strength, but also a mission of the University.  

In addition to the topics brought up by Aalto ARTS, Meri Löyttyniemi introduced Aalto University’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which is targeted to become an integral part of Aalto University’s strategy and will be led by Aalto Sustainability Hub. The program and list of speakers can be found in Aalto Sustainability Hub wiki

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