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The next ten years will bring the biggest design challenges we’ve ever faced. Here we showcase a wide variety of projects that prepare us for these sustainable transformations. 

We have to act – now. Instead of building dystopias, we at Aalto University want to develop futures worth living for. Futures that are even better than what we currently have. 

UNFOLDED magazine is published by Aalto University’s Art and Creative Practices initiative. The articles unfold contemporary issues dealing with creativity, experimentation, and transdisciplinary co-creation.

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Julia Lohmann's Department of Seaweed at WEF. Photo: Mikko Raskinen

Julia Lohmann: ‘We know too much and do too little’

Lohmann’s magnificent seaweed pavilion encourages leaders to make difficult decisions and establish a ‘do-tank’ way of collaborating at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos.

Wood Wonders exhibition at Helsinki airport. Photo: Anne Kinnunen

Wood Wonders exhibition showcases climate-friendly building concepts

If all the buildings constructed in Finland each year were made of wood, the amount of wood needed for the construction would grow back in ten hours.

U-Create Symposium 2020 : Creativity?

U-Create Symposium 2020: Creativity?

This symposium intends to share the best practices on transdisciplinary education involving Arts and Design in Aalto University. This year the theme is "Creativity?" and we have an open call for all Aalto teachers to apply.

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‘Textiles are unlimited’

Saving the world starts with textiles, says trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.

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Redesigning everything for sustainability. Illustration by Marika Latsone

We need to redesign everything—but how?

Meeting sustainable development goals requires more collaboration between disciplines.

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Graphic Design by Joosung Kang

ClimATE 24.10. - 21.11.2019

ClimATE is an expanded exhibition and events programme across multiple sites and spaces in Aalto University’s Otaniemi Campus.

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Cornerstones for unlocking the potential of a team

Toward a team that is able to achieve its potential

We believe in the promise of teamwork and collaboration. This post provides tips and introduces tools for teachers to utilise in supporting teamwork in project-based courses.

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Oona Ojala studied how the cultivation conditions of luxury products such as coffee and cocoa will evolve with climate change. Photo: Elisa Dametto

Innovative Approach to Circular Economy

Aalto University's innovative pilot course studied the circular economy, arts and systemic changes.

Nanocellulose bicycle Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Tomorrow's Sustainable Lifestyles Showcased in Otaniemi

One of Helsinki Design Week's main events, Designs for a Cooler Planet, will showcase Aalto University's cross-cutting future prototypes, such as a nanocellulose bicycle, microbial headphones and Ioncell clothes

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CHEMARTS Summer school 2019

Chemartsing with Bio-based Materials

CHEMARTS Summer School 2019 explored novel material solutions and their innovative applications

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Natural Indigo project, design by Arttu Åfield & Kirsi Niinimäki. Photo Eeva Suorlahti

Natural Indigo: New Luxury from Northern Fields

Crops4Luxury (PeltoLuksus) project studied special crops that could replace synthetic textile dyes sustainably and ethically

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(non)manifesto of contemporary design

What is contemporary design?

Concept, (non)manifesto, and facilitation by contemporary design MA students.

Aalto University / Salu Ylirisku / photo: Linda Koskinen

What does a Doctor of Arts do at the School of Electrical Engineering?

Salu Ylirisku, Doctor of Arts, teaches design process and related skills to aspiring engineers at the School of Electrical Engineering.

Julia Lohmann

Design professors' insights

How do the professors think about the impact of design – both for Aalto University's Strategy 3.0 and beyond

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Aalto artist-in-residence Matthew Wilson

A visual artist wielding more than a hammer

Aalto University’s fifth Artist in Residence Matthew C. Wilson explores the entangled nature of ideas.

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Post doc tutkija Michael Lettenmeier Kuva: Sanna Lehto

What can you do for the climate?

Within the next ten years, Finns need to cut down more than 75% of our carbon footprint. The change is enormous, and will be based on new lifestyles, says Michael Lettenmeier.

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What is contemporary design?

Contemporary design enables critical reflection

Design is the method with which we shape our world. The new MA Contemporary Design combines material-led design with critical and conceptual thinking practices.

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Crystal Garden. Kuva: Kalle Kataila.

A fairy dance takes over Kuunsilta: student art exhibition opened at the Espoo Cultural Centre

The exhibition was inspired by the students' own experiences and relationship with the environment, and adapted to fit into the Cultural Centre.

Bozar Sustainable Transformations by Marika Latsone

Sustainable Transformations: Exploring the Arts and Creativity in Stimulating Innovations and Technologies with a Human Touch

On Thursday, October 17, Aalto University in partnership with STARTS initiative of EU will organize a Seminar Day in BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels.

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E-textile sample by Emmi Pouta

Arts and creativity in stimulating innovation and technologies with a human touch

The know-how on sustainability that Finnish society, educational system, and industries have been long excelling in, is something that the world is eagerly willing to learn from Finland and other Nordic communities.

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Traces from the Antropocene exhibition in Venice Biennale in 2019. Photo: Tzuyu Chen

Traces from the Anthropocene. Working with Soil.

A multidisciplinary research project that addresses the ecological consequences of the human footprint through ceramic art. The exhibition is a part of Venice Biennale during summer 2019.

Coiling vases from the local earthenware and painting the vases with the local earth in Earth Laboratory, Venice, August 2019. Photo: Catharina Kajander

Working with contaminated soil in Venice

Revealing human traces in Venice Biennale.

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Sediment sampling in the historical centre of Venice with the Limnos sampler provided by the Finnish Environmental Institute SYKE. Image: Pauliina Purhonen

The trip to Venice—in the words of the students

Contemporary design students spent a week in Venice setting up the exhibition and gathering soil samples for the research.

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Critical Tide Seaweed Sculpture Oki naganode by Julia Lohmann photo: Noortje Knulst

Critical Tide exhibition at the Design Museum’s Gallery

At a time of deep ecological crises, Critical Tide will open our eyes to the urgent issues our oceans face and showcase creative ways of intervening.

Students' portraits with their adopted creatures in Kristineberg workshop in April, 2019

Empathy: Design in a Social Context

Reaching out to non-human stakeholders

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Critical Tide Floor Plan by MA student Chiao-wen Hsu

About Critical Tide Exhibition

From critical design to critical practice

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Baltic Characters. Idea: Anni Avela, Illustration by Gero Grundmann

Baltic characters

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught. –Baba Dioum, 1968.

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News about creativity and transdisciplinarity

Mikko O. Koiviston väitöskirja The Art of Egress. Kuva Mikko Raskinen
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Mikko O. Koivisto's doctoral dissertation was awarded at the Most Beautiful Books 2019 competition

Mikko O. Koivisto's dissertation The Art of Egress: Madness, Horror, and the Pedagogy of Depsychiatrization has been selected for the Most Beautiful Books 2019 collection. The book was designed by Tuomas Kortteinen and printed by Unigrafia.
Helsinki Biennial 2020
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Samir Bhowmik in Helsinki Biennial 2020

Samir Bhowmik reflects on how humans hijack nature with their infrastructure and technology.
Visual design students working on a project
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Aalto ARTS gets its own course on entrepreneurial skills and making a creative life

The course teaches students skills and methods to build a sustainably creative life and career based on their personal interests and passions.
Näytös19. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
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Aalto University’s fashion and textile know-how acknowledged in Finland and internationally

Aalto takes home two prizes at the Fashion Finland Gala and ranks third at CEO World Magazine fashion school listing
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Conferences and workshops

CANCELLED: Helsinki Photomedia 2020

The theme of the 5th Helsinki Photomedia Conference in 2020 is Images Among Us.
The conference brings together international photography researchers and academics. It offers various platforms where artistic, philosophical, social, cultural, economic and technological approaches to photography meet.

Renewing society by art, creativity and design

Aalto University promotes creativity in all disciplines and communities. One of our strategic targets is to renew society through art, creativity and design. We are a forerunner in combining art and creative practices with research and education.

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