Designs for a Cooler Planet: (In)visible

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When Fri 08.09.2023 - Sat 16.09.2023
Time The festival and its exhibitions are open for visitors 6.9-6.10.2023
Opening hours for the main exhibition venue at Väre building:
Mon - Thu: 7:45–21:00
Fri: 7:45–20:00
Sat: 9:00–17:00
Sun: Closed
Where Aalto-yliopisto, Väre, Otaniementie 14, 02150, Espoo
Accessible Yes

The exhibitions in the Väre building can be accessed both by elevator and stairs.

Language English

Experience Helsinki Design Week at Aalto University.

Designs for a Cooler Planet: Invisible
6 Sept – 6 Oct, 2023

This year we are exploring the Invisible – what don’t we see even though we should? 

Aalto researchers and students invite everyone to the Otaniemi campus to get to know more than 20 research and study projects. 

The five-week long open festival showcases research-based experimental and creative projects, samples and prototypes that have the potential to transform the way we see, think and live.

Check out the entire festival programme here.


Check our entire events and seminars programme, buy a ticket to the fabulous  PechaKucha Night at Aalto or participate to the guided exhibition tours.

Coming up on this week:

Tue 19/09/2023
A hybrid seminar​: Evolutionary architecture for social innovation ​
@AaltoUniversity (Otaniementie 14, Espoo)

16:30–18:30 ​
Webinar​: Lessons in transforming society and the self​

Public art tours
@AaltoUniversity (Otaniementie 14, Espoo)

Wed 20/09/2023
12:00–13:00 ​
Public art tours
@AaltoUniversity (Puumiehenkuja 3, Espoo)

Thu 21/09/2023
A talk show and a demo event: Electricity trader challenge – BatteryMonetizer ​
@AaltoUniversity (Otaniementie 14, Espoo)

Cooler Planet – a guided tour to the more than twenty exhibitions in English
@Aalto-yliopisto (Otaniementie 14, Espoo)


Väre building (Otaniementie 14, Espoo)
Mon–Thu 7:45–21:00 | Fri 7:45–20:00 | Sat 9:00–17:00

Conceptual illustration of the LF-MRI unit inside an emergency medical vehicle. Image: Niilo Kämäräinen, Aalto University

4 Making Finnish genome visible


A wooden pavilion Huoju-A is constructed from surplus materials and designed for easy assembly, disassembly, and mobility. Design: Aalto Wood program students. Image: Anne Kinnunen, Aalto University


SATELLITE EXHIBITIONS at Espoo and  Helsinki:

Outdoors (Otakaari 1 X, Espoo)
Outdoors, in front of Väre building, (Otaniementie 14, Espoo)
06/09/2023–11/09/2023 Mon–Fri: 10:00–16:00
Aalto Studios Visualization Hub (Otakaari 7, Espoo)
Mon-Thu: 7:45–20:00, Fri: 7:45–18:00
Dipoli building (Otakaari 24, Espoo)
the Museum of Finnish Architecture courtyard (Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki)
Grasping creativity – exhibition about examining radical creativity and framing
25/08/2023–06/10/2023, Mon-Fri 8:00–15:30
Aalto Design Factory (Puumiehenkuja 5, Espoo)
DIALOGUES – Creating New Textile Futures
Showcasing textiles as a medium for future solutions
08/09 – 01/10/2023
Central Library Oodi (Töölönlahdenkatu 4, Helsinki)
Energy Futures exhibition, photo Mikko Raskinen, Aalto University

Welcome – The festival and its projects will make the invisible visible!