Welcome to Product Design Gala @ Aalto Design Factory and Urban Mill 4.9.2020

PRODUCT DESIGN GALA | FRIDAY 4.9.2020 at 9:00-17:00
Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill
Betonimiehenkuja 5C & 3E, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland


For 23 years PDP has brought students of business, design, technology, and science, together to tackle industry challenges and develop state of the art solutions to real problems. At the Product Design Gala 2020, you’ll get to witness and experience these awesome projects.

Come and fall in love with the results of our interdisciplinary Product Development Project teams in the Product Design Gala on 4th of September, at Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill!

The 12 teams from Aalto University and our partner universities have been working hard for the whole year to complete their design challenges given by industrial companies and other collaborating parties. In the public exhibition, you will have a chance to hear about the teams’ accomplishments and processes, as well as to get familiar with the people themselves together with their amazing prototypes.

This year the teams were sponsored by companies such as: ABB, Airbus, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, CAEN Spa (in collaboration with the University of Manchester), Futudent, GRK (former Winco), Heimdall, HitSeed, Imagine, Logisnext (former Rocla), Trenox, and SkyEcho. In addition, the Aalto teams have been collaborating with students from universities in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania such as: Javeriana CaliInovaLab POLINYC Design FactoryThomas Jefferson UniversityPorto Design FactoryWarsaw Design Factory – INFOX PWHAMK University of Applied SciencesRTU Design FactoryHochschule MünchenISDI Mumbai, and Design Factory Melbourne

For more details concerning the Gala and this year’s projects, please visit: http://pdp.fi/

In addition, in Urban Mill you can

  • explore prototypes and concepts co-created 28.-30.8.2020 by Finnish and Ukrainian teams in the European Design Upgrade (EDU) Hackathon 2020 for Creatives and Startups.
  • experience how mindfulness practices make difference in the state of your mind and learn how mindfulness can support your team. Well experienced, professional mindfulness teacher Erja Lahdenperä, Helsinki Mindfulness will guide 4 different kind of practices á 30 min between 11 am and 13 pm.  –  An innovative mind and good communication work best when there is just a moderate amount of stress, when one feels him/herself safe. This is something that you can improve with mindfulness-meditations.

PS – Visit this event physically only if you are healthy, and remember to take care of good hand hygiene.

Aalto University
#pdpgala2020 #pdpaalto #aaltodf #aaltouniversity #urbanmill

Scale your business in Germany!

Apply now: German Scalers support Finnish companies who want to expand their business to Germany. 12 weeks of intensive work with coaches & connections to get your first german customers.

Read more: https://germanscalers.com

German Scalers pilot is funded by 6Aika – Ecosystems of growth: Enabling the growth of companies through collaboration -project.

#kasvuhakuiset #6Aika

Sustainability news from Aalto University – March 2020

Forwarded to Urban Mill Network:

Here once again the monthly collection of sustainability related news from aalto.fi. Take care of yourself, the people around you and the environment!

Emma Sairanen, ASH Trainee

How are you today?
During these challenging times, it’s important to take care of yourself and your colleagues. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/how-are-you-today

Finnish researchers join forces to investigate the airborne transmission of coronavirus
The project includes fluid dynamics physicists, virologists and biomedical engineering specialists. The researchers are using a supercomputer to carry out 3D modelling and believe that the first results will be obtained in the next few weeks.

New material developed could help clean energy revolution
Researchers developed a promising graphene–carbon nanotube catalyst, giving them better control over hugely important chemical reactions for producing hydrogen fuel. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-material-developed-could-help-clean-energy-revolution

New scanner can improve the detection of cancer tissue and brain disease diagnoses
Researchers aim to have the technology ready for hospital use and commercialisation by the end of next year. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/new-scanner-can-improve-the-detection-of-cancer-tissue-and-brain-disease-diagnoses

Water knowledge has a central role in the mitigation of climate change
World Water Day 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/water-knowledge-has-a-central-role-in-the-mitigation-of-climate-change

AaltoSDG application development in spring 2020
The AaltoSDG mobile application is actively developed throughout 2020 based on feedback from the users and Aalto community. The goal for the app is to improve visibility of Aalto University’s SDG work as well as engage users to participate in the SDG work by taking human size actions. The next development sprint is starting soon and the next update will be published in May. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/aaltosdg-application-development-in-spring-2020

Not a drop wasted – AaltoCell™ fibres utilised in a new circular economy project
With funding totaling €240 000, the project aims to make more efficient use of food industry side streams. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/not-a-drop-wasted-aaltocelltm-fibres-utilised-in-a-new-circular-economy-project

From birch to poppies –  fabric for Marimekko’s shirt dress
The yarn spun from Ioncell® fibre is stronger than its commercial equivalent and performed excellently in the printing process and washing tests. The chemicals used to make the fibre were completely recycled too. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/from-birch-to-poppies-how-the-fabric-was-created-for-marimekkos-unique-shirt-dress

Capital of the campus nature
Nature enhances the economic value of an area and contributes to the wellbeing of people. Aalto University campus’s natural capital and ecosystem services were mapped in 2019, in a survey prepared by Ramboll Finland Oy. https://www.aalto.fi/en/news/capital-of-the-campus-nature

Demo Day by Aalto StartUp Center 5.3.2020

From Aalto University:

”The hottest demoday of Aalto Ecosystem! Demo Day is a day for startups, investors, mentors, media and all ecosystem players interested to learn more about new innovations.

We will showcase our current startups from Aalto Startup Center, the Space startups from the ESA BIC Finland as well as Aalto’s commercialization cases from Research to Business. Network with Aalto Startup Center’s alumni, Aalto Ventures Program’s cases, Kiuas startups and more!

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet our innovative cases from Aalto’s ecosystem!

Register here by February 28th”

Fiksu arki assalle -ohjelman yrityshaku on käynnistynyt

Mukaan toivotaan yrityksiä sekä Espoosta että muualta pääkaupunkiseudulta tai Suomesta. Ohjelman kick-off tilaisuus järjestetään 7.2.2020 Urban Millissä.

Lisätietoa: https://www.asemanseutu.fi/fiksuassa/yrityskehitysohjelma/

Linkki HSY.fi:ssä julkaistuun tiedotteeseen: Potkua asemanseutujen yritysyhteistyöhön – kasvuyrityksille tarjolla kumppaneita ja sparrausta

Facebook: ohjelman käynnistys- ja verkostoitumistapahtuma 7.2.2020 https://www.facebook.com/events/2823455124383730/

#fiksuassa, #asemanseudut

Viherkertoimella kohti vihreämpää, monimuotoisempaa ja kestävämpää kaupunkiympäristöä

Torstaina 31.10.2019 kokoontui 34 kestävän kaupunkisuunnittelun ja vihreän infrastruktuurin asiantuntijaa eri puolilta Suomea pohtimaan, miten viherkerroin-menetelmällä voitaisiin vahvemmin tukea kaupungin sini-viherrakennetta, hulevesien hallintaa ja luonnon monimuotoisuutta. Viherkerroin on kaavoituksessa ja pihasuunnittelussa käytetty työkalu, jolla on mahdollista lisätä tonttien istutuksia ja hulevesirakenteita. Alun perin Berliinissä kehitetty malli on saavuttanut suosiota maailmanlaajuisesti, ja se on otettu käyttöön myös useissa suomalaisissa kaupungeissa.

Urban Millissä toteutettu työpaja oli osa Nesslingin Säätiön rahoittamaa viherkertoimen valtavirtaistamisen hanketta, jossa pyritään edistämään menetelmän yleistymistä ja vakiinnuttamaan sitä kestävän kaupunkisuunnittelun työkaluksi. Hanketta toteutetaan yhteistyössä kaupunkien kanssa ja sitä johtaa Aalto-yliopisto.

Katso työpajassa pidetyt esitykset tästä: https://www.facebook.com/researchvirma/videos/1393190450857236/ 

Hankkeen www-sivu: https://sites.aalto.fi/viherkerroin/

Lisätietoja: Ranja Hautamäki, professori, maisema-arkkitehtuuri, arkkitehtuurin laitos, ranja.hautamaki@aalto.fi.

Teksti ja kuva: Ranja Hautamäki & co

Tervetuloa keskustelemaan Keilaniemen ja Kivimiehen kalliopysäköintihankkeesta

Espoo tiedottaa: Tule asukastilaisuuteen keskustelemaan Keilaniemen ja Kivimiehen maanalaisen kalliopysäköintilaitoksen kaavahankkeesta Urban Milliin, Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, tiistaina 5.11.2019 klo 17–19.

Valmisteilla olevan asemakaavan tavoitteena on mahdollistaa maanalainen pysäköintilaitos Keilaniemen ja Kivimiehen alueelle. Kaavahankkeen osallistumis- ja arviointisuunnitelma on nähtävillä 21.10.-19.11.2019.

Tutustu lisää maanalaiseen kaavahankkeeseen Keilaniemen ja Kivimiehen kalliopysäköintilaitos, 920400.


Mervi Romppanen

Projektikoordinaattori, Espoon kaupunki, Kaupunkisuunnittelukeskus, Palvelut ja kehittäminen, mervi.romppanen (at) espoo.fi

ARTS student project: your unwanted pens needed (3 places to drop them off in Otaniemi) today on Friday 4.10.2019

Announcement by Aalto University ARTS student team:

Hello Everyone!

Do you have some pen(s) you are not using anymore? If yes, please donate to us!
We are a group of ARTS students working on a project related to ‘Emotional connection between human and objects’ in Critical Design Practice (CDP Course 2019) and WE NEED THOSE PENS YOU DON’T WANT ANYMORE.

We are setting up donation boxes around campus. Please feel free to drop by and donate your unwanted pen(s) 😀 Any kind of pens are welcome! (New, old, ballpoint pen, ink pen, broken pen, etc.)

You will find paper beside donation boxes, please write a brief goodbye message to your pen!

Donation boxes locations 

  1. Väre information desk
  2. Harald Herlin Learning Centre information desk
  3. Undergraduate Centre, Otakaari 1, information desk

Ballantine Scale kutsuu yleisön teatteritilaan luotuun mystiseen maailmaan

Ilona Jäntti ja Aino Venna työstävät uutta Ballantine Scale -teostaan Urban Millin Balconylla. Myös teoksen johdantona toimiva Theofanis Kavvadasin ohjaama 16-milliselle filmille kuvattu video on kuvattu Millillä.


Teosta esitetään lokakuun aikana Lontoossa ja Bristolissa, Helsingissä teos nähdään Cirkossa 24.10.-6.11.2019.

Lisätietoja: https://cirko.fi/esitys/jantti-venna-ballantine-scale/

Liput: https://www.ticketmaster.fi/artist/ilona-jantti-aino-venna-ballantine-scale-lippuja/1012004?utm_source=cirkofi&utm_campaign=ballantine&utm_content=cta2

Aalto student’s extraction experiment at Urban Mill – 70 kilograms of urban honey yielded!

Aalto Test Site is a student community started by the students at Aalto University. The aim of the community is to give a space for students to experiment with different projects. One of the projects that started this year is the beekeeping project, where students want to increase the presence of bees as pollinators in urban environments.

Urban Mill offered to be a part of the project by offering the use of their spaces for the students to the honey extraction. Since the beehives are in the Otaniemi campus, the Urban Mill was a great place for the students to do the honey extraction process. This also opened the opportunity for another student beekeeper to join the efforts to do the honey extraction at the same time.

The honey extraction workshop was opened to the community around it and it was joined by a total of 10 people. During the process, the participants learned how to uncap the capped honey frames, how to put the honey frames in the extractor and how to do the extracting. At the end of the day, the result of the workshop was 70 kilograms of honey extraction.

Read more about The Test Site: http://acs.aalto.fi/category/test-site/

Text: Art Maloku
Photos: Festa Isufi