Designs for a Cooler Planet

ExhibitionDiscussionLectureArchitectureIndustrial design and productsDesign thinkingGraphic designDesign educationDesign courses and workshopsNew materialsFashion
When Wed 07.09.2022 - Sat 10.09.2022
Time Mon-Thu: 7:45–21:00
Fri: 7:45–20:00
Sat: 9:00–17:00
Sundays and 10.9: Closed
Where Otaniementie 14, 02150, Espoo
Accessible Yes
Language English

Experience Helsinki Design Week at Aalto University.

Come get a glimpse of Life 1.5


Could we use science and design to imagine a life full of hope?  

Imagine a life where everything we use is recycled, upcycled and wisely produced. Imagine a life where global warming is capped at 1.5 degrees. Imagine a gentler life – for you, for future generations and for the planet.  

Aalto researchers, students and designers invite you to experience and explore what Life 1.5 could be. It’s a five-week-long festival that celebrates experiments in planet-friendly materials, fashion, and food 

The festival includes three science & design exhibitions consisting of over 20 projects at Otaniemi. You can also join the open seminars or visit the satellite exhibitions at Helsinki. Read more from

The exhibition track:

1.FOOD: What’s on the menu?

In Life 1.5, we need to use less to feed more.

Water package vIsual identity concepts. Photo: Aalto University, Anne Kinnunen

The exhibition showcases brand identity packaging concepts from Aalto students, research insights on how retail can facilitate 1.5-degree food and how to achieve sustainable urban food diets.

2.MATERIALS: What’s the Future Made of?

In life 1.5 we leave no trace.

Intension, Sample Wall installation by Megan McGlynn. Photo: Aalto University.

The exhibition showcases more than 10 projects from bio-based material experiments to newest research like safe methods for recycling plastic and demolition wood waste.

3.FASHION:Wear the future

Life 1.5 needs slow style not fast fashion.

Shimmering Wood design: Noora Yau and Konrad Klockars. Photo: Aalto University, Kalle Kataila.

The exhibition showcases student and research projects as well as outfits from the famous Näytös22. Your future wardrobe can be a sumptuous collection of upcycled garments and high-tech clothes, such as sun-powered textiles, floral leather and lasting outfits.

Location: The main venue for the festival and  exhibitions is the Väre building, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Otaniemi, Espoo. Easy to come by public transport, If you arrive by metro take the exit to Otaniementie.

Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition map – Väre building

SATELLITE exhibitions at Helsinki:

Alusta pavilion: more than human architecture is an outdoor pavilion exhibited 1.6.2022–1.10.2023 at the Design museum and the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki Museum yard.

Alusta pavilion: Elina Koivisto and Maiju Suomi. Photo: Anne Kinnunen

The trees of Pikku-Finlandia  – an exhibition by Josh Krute at Pikku Finlandia Café in Töölö 1.–30.9.2022 features relief prints made from cross sections of the building’s unique pine tree pillars.

The trees of Pikku-Finlandia  – relief prints by Josh Krute are made from cross sections of the building’s unique pine tree pillars.
A research site measuring carbon dioxide exchange. Photo: Sofia Kangas

CO-CARBON: Ossinlampi study site – at Otaniemi campus. The study site at Ossinlampi measures and compares carbon dioxide exchange from existing 30-years old lawn and newly built lawn. Open at all times, 1.3.2021–31.10.2022.

See the programme calendar and register to the open talks, workshops and lectures.

Visual identity: Milja Komulainen & Hares Bassil

Hei, olemme keskustelleet aallon ja HDW:n välisestä yhteistyötä Anni Korkmanin kanssa. Tulemme myös järjestämään yhdessä PechaKucha-tilaisuuden kampuksella.