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What's Life 1.5 like? – Apply now for Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022 to showcase a sustainable future

The climate crisis and biodiversity loss call for radical new ideas. How does your work contribute to wiser consumption, climate solutions or a more sustainable working life? Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022 will present Aalto's most interesting projects to support sustainability – apply now!
Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022 – Open call
Photos: Mikko Raskinen, Annen Kinnunen & Aivan

There's no time to waste: the climate crisis, biodiversity loss and the depleting stock and uneven distribution of critical resources threaten to make our everyday life unsafe. The UN and hundreds of countries have set a goal of limiting the increase of global warming to 1.5 degrees, but that goal is slipping out of reach because of insufficient climate action.

Together, we can make big changes. That requires imagination, a holistic mindset and new systemic solutions.

The theme for Designs for a Cooler Planet 2022 is Life 1.5. We want to present our community’s solutions and visions of a more meaningful life in the future. How do we support diversity, curb over-consumption, slow down global warming and build a better working life?

We present research projects, prototypes and student work 
 

We are looking for inspiring research projects, prototypes, research-based companies and student work that we can showcase to the general public, stakeholders and our own Aalto community.

How does your work contribute to designing a better future? You can suggest an on-going research project or a ready-made solution, a research-based company, a conceptual experiment, an artistic work or an academic model of a process.

We're also open to suggestions for an exhibition, a seminar, a sightseeing tour or other event. The final projects will be selected in February 2022. The Designs For a Cooler Planet event will be held in Otaniemi in September 2022 for the fourth time.

The 2021 event was a success, engaging over 2,000 people. More than 260 people took part in the guided exhibition tours, and over 800 people from 29 countries participated in the virtual events. Approximately 1,500 students, faculty and staff members from Aalto came to see the live exhibition, which was covered by both domestic and international media (e.g. Dezeen, Kauppalehti and Tekniikka&Talous).

Want to know more what 1.5 degree lifestyle could mean? See the report from 2019 by Sitra.

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Designs for a Cooler Planet | Virtual exhibitions 2021

Loving Environments virtual exhibition. Design: Heljä Nieminen

Loving Environments | Virtual Exhibition (external link)

More sustainable and liveable living environments.

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