What’s the future made of? – Designs for a Cooler Planet

ExhibitionWorkshopDiscussionLectureArchitectureIndustrial design and productsDesign thinkingGraphic designDesign courses and workshopsNew materials
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
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Experience Helsinki Design Week at one of the Aalto University’s exhibitions.



In Life 1.5, we leave no trace.

A better life for everyone needs innovations that push us towards a circular economy – a lifestyle where items and materials can be reused endlessly. This means better alternatives to plastic water bottles, safe methods for recycling plastic and demolition waste, and plant-based materials that won’t end up in landfills.

Welcome to the exhibitions at Otaniemi. In the What’s the future made of? exhibition you can have a closer look at more than 10 innovative student and research projects from biomaterial experiments to new building materials:

Building Blocks of a Better Future exhibition, a scale model, photo: Anne Kinnunen.
  1. Building blocks of a better future: rethinking building materials
  2. Bio innovations for sustainable future: sustainable textiles and packaging &  Lecture on September, 27.
  3. CreaTures: Creative Practices for Transformational Futures 
  4. From Dreams to Action! – stories from Sustainable Global Technologies, student cases
  5. Designing experimental futures for 1.5-Degree lifestyles: How design students contribute to achieving sustainable lifestyles
  6. Interplay of Cultures Studio 2022 Sámi: Architecture that leaves no trace in nature 
  7. Sustainability through entrepreneurship: Student prototypes of sustainability solutions 
  8. Second Nature by CHEMARTS: new bio-based material experiments from students 
  9. NONTOX – Improving the circularity of plastics & Webinar on September, 19.
  10. Revaluing Wood: another look at wood and the forest &  a Live talk on September, 27.
  11. Pollinator’s Delight: an art piece from textile waste supporting biodiversity – take part to the collective art piece
  12. Towards carbon negative acoustic environments in buildings

The main venue for the festival and the exhibitions is at the Väre building, the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Otaniemi, Espoo.

See the Designs for a Cooler Planet exhibition map.

SATELLITE exhibitions at Helsinki:

Alusta pavilion: more than human architecture is an outdoor pavilion exhibited 1.6.2022–1.10.2023 at the courtyard between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum, Kasarmikatu 24, Helsinki. Don’t miss the  talks and discussions at Alusta during August and September.

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

The trees of Pikku-Finlandia 1.–30.9.2022 – an exhibition by Josh Krute at Pikku Finlandia Hall in Töölö features relief prints made from cross sections of the building’s unique pine tree pillars. Welcome to the opening event on September, 9.

The trees of Pikku-Finlandia  – features relief prints made from cross sections of the building’s unique pine tree pillars.

Interested to participate to our events? See the programme for talks and workshops. 

Visual identity: Milja Komulainen & Hares Bassil.


Events and exhibitions are mainly in English.

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Hei, olemme sopineet kumppanuusyhteistyöstä Anni Korkmanin kanssa.