The Long Read by Aalto ARTS

Celebrating Aalto ARTS!

Longform stories, in-depth features and profiles, data visualizations and more coming up - enjoy!

Aalto ARTS 150 years visuals

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. This year we're also celebrating the fact that we've been educating creative professionals for 150 years. Join us in celebrating this milestone!

Feature stories

AaltoARTS_LongRead_Shorthand_Gaming revolution_illustration_Strahinja Jovanović.

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.

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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?

Experts in mess_Shorthand_AaltoARTS_visuals_Strahinja Jovanivic

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.

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.

Selected themes, books and exhibitions

Kantava maa Solid Ground

Solid Ground exhibition (external link)

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

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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.

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.


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

Film education in Finland began among the first in Europe.

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.

nainen seisoo auringonpaisteessa auringonkukkakedolla keltainen muovipussi päässään

The Helsinki School (external link)

The program has evolved into one of the more recognizable teaching programs in the world.

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.

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

Builders of the Future

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

Photography at Aalto (external link)

Photography studies at Aalto website

Valokuvauksen koulutusohjelman verkkosivut_Kuva: Rosenlund Kukka

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

Online Exhibitions

A selection of Aalto exhibitions made available online

Still: '01-Training' 2020. Video (02:57) by Lukas Malte Hoffman. Image courtesy of the artist.

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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