The Long Read by Aalto ARTS

This webmag showcases a selection of some of our most ambitious projects. Enjoy these long reads from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. We've been educating creative professionals for over 150 years. Join us in celebrating this milestone!

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Colourful symbols on colourful background, visuals for the Visualizing Knowledge 2023 seminar

Data visualisation helps us understand the world (external link)

Information design plays an important role both in our daily lives and in presenting scientific results.

Illustration on the Interactive diorama work, looking up to a dome and showing  men dressed up in historical style

Exploring the metaverse (external link)

What will our future virtual realities look like? Or will there be any at all?

Uuden lastensairaalan julkisivun värikkäässä seinäpaneelissa väriskaala ulottuu punaisesta oranssin ja vihreän sävyjen kautta siniseen

Towards friendly-sounding environments (external link)

Intelligent sound design influences our experience of different spaces.

Nainen vihreässä takissa puhuu puhelinkioskissa ulkona

A new boom in Finnish cinema (external link)

Finland’s film industry is thriving and attracting new audiences at home and overseas. Where does the success come from?

vaatemallit seisovat metsän keskellä ja katsovat kameraan

Limitless, inexhaustible (external link)

Fashion resists attempts at definition and refuses to fit a mould. It’s a true hybrid, comprising countless different professions and specialisms.

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Form matters (external link)

Visual communication matters – it can promote our knowledge acquisition and help us to become better thinkers.

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Changing aspirations (external link)

Change to sustainability needs an extra push — and that’s where we all come in. How should our expectations and aspirations for housing and living change?

Colourful abstract figures look like moving around. Visuals for an article on the superpowers of design.

Coming to terms with complexity (external link)

Design’s superpower is that it has several fundamental qualities — both as a practice and as a mindset — that make it effective in the face of complicated issues.

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Experts in mess (external link)

Design can help solve the complex challenges of our time, and it may be a key driver in our transformation process towards sustainability.

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The next gaming revolution (external link)

Beyond the confines of the commercial gaming industry exists a diverse and thriving gaming culture offering virtually unlimited possibilities and potential.

A hand holding green purse on top of a green dress

Wardrobe of the Future shows the future of fashion

It is clear that the textile, clothing and fashion industries need to change. How do we do it? Discover the Aalto University community's visions for a sustainable fashion future.

Selected themes, books and exhibitions

A screen shows a digital tailoring project on early modern artisan men's jacket, doublet

Research project brings the fashion of Renaissance to life (external link)

How did fashion spread during the Renaissance? The era is studied with new methods.

Textile design by Nora Bremer, Aalto University

Aalto University’s pedagogy in textiles studies relies on ‘textile thinking’ (external link)

Textile design pedagogy aims at a holistic understanding of textiles and their potential.

Maisema-arkkitehdit muokkaavat maisemaa. Kesäisessä kuvassa Flow-festivaalialueelta ihmiset viihtyvät ulkona ja telttakatoksissa.

Makers of Landscape (external link)

Landscape architects are constantly shaping our surroundings. They take care of the environment as a whole.

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Building with wood is a climate-friendly option (external link)

Wood stores carbon and is a versatile, renewable and recyclable building material.

Seaweed pavilion Hidaka Ohmu is Julia Lohmann's installation made of seaweed.

Design as a real driver for change (external link)

Julia Lohmann underlines, that design can play a major role in realizing sustainable changes on a vast scale.

kuvassa kahdet kädet levittävät läpinäkyvää limaa punaista taustaa vasten

CHEMARTS - Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts (external link)

Biomaterials are the best options as we seek more sustainable ways for our current world of materials.

Kolme nuorta naista nauraa sylikkäin sohvalla

Action! - Women's turn (external link)

Gender equality project in the film and TV sector has identified barriers to equality and women's employment in the sector.


More than 60 years of Finnish film education (external link)

Film education in Finland began among the first in Europe.

Photo from short film No perkele

The first ever miniature film festival on Instagram (external link)

Our art-house short film festival presents seven tailor-made films on @aaltoarts Instagram.

Water breath for the beginning,2019. Image by NooraSandgren.

Bioart inspires thought (external link)

Today, bioart is maybe more relevant than ever – it doesn’t provide solutions but prompts critical questions.

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Solid Ground exhibition (external link)

The exhibition presents contemporary ceramics and reflections on the world around it.

Vuoden 1921 arkkitehtiopiskelijoita poseeraa opetustiloissa jonomuodostelmassa mustavalkoisessa kuvassa

Builders of Finland (external link)

The work and influence of Finnish architects has been essential throughout the ages in addressing social and cultural issues.

1920 Oppilaita veistoluokassa, keskellä opettaja pulpetin ääressä. Gustaf Nyströmin kokoelma, Aalto-yliopiston arkisto, Finna

Builders of the Future (external link)

Professionals in art and design have played an important role in shaping Finland’s cultural and economic development.


Wood Program

Study program focusing on wood architecture

Architect doing handson work at the Wood Program of Aalto University. Photo by Anne Kinnunen

Aalto Art and Design Cases

Aalto Design Cases is a platform for activity-based creativity and practice-based research in the Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

Nyang'oro Girls Dormitory, a project by Hollmén Reuter Sandman

CreaTures (external link)

Furthering the sustainability agenda with creativity

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Photography at Aalto (external link)

Photography studies at Aalto website

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Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design (FaCT) (external link)

Aalto Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design major's own website. Learn more about course highlights, course leaders, facilities and more!


BioColour (external link)

Bio-based Dyes and Pigments for Colour Palette

biocolour research project

Online Exhibitions

A selection of Aalto exhibitions made available online

'RE-MATTER – FIVE SITES OF DEPARTURE' Cvijeta Miljak, 2023. Kuva taiteilijan oma.

Public art collections at Aalto University

The aim of public art across Aalto is to create a vibrant environment for experiencing the world through various perspectives and for embracing imagination, intuition, and exploration.

Renata Jakowleff «Blue» 2017, 190 x 160 x 40 cm, glass and steel, assembled Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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