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. 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

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Changing aspirations (extern länk)

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 (extern länk)

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 (extern länk)

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

Selected themes, books and exhibitions

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Building with wood is a climate-friendly option (extern länk)

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 (extern länk)

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

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CHEMARTS - Inspiration for Material Enthusiasts (extern länk)

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 (extern länk)

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

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Solid Ground exhibition (extern länk)

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


More than 60 years of Finnish film education (extern länk)

Film education in Finland began among the first in Europe.

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

Bioart inspires thought (extern länk)

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

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The Helsinki School (extern länk)

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 (extern länk)

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


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 (extern länk)

Furthering the sustainability agenda with creativity

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CHEMARTS (extern länk)

CHEMARTS website

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Photography at Aalto (extern länk)

Photography studies at Aalto website

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Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design (FaCT) (extern länk)

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


BioColour (extern länk)

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.

Samlingar av offentlig konst vid Aalto-universitetet

Syftet med offentlig konst över hela Aalto-universitetet är att skapa en livlig miljö där man kan uppleva världen ur olika perspektiv och anamma fantasi, intuition och utforskning.

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