INVITATION: Materials for future designs 13.9.2017 @ Urban Mill

There is an increasing worldwide demand for high-performing materials and their application in sustainable solutions. Solving contemporary challenges is strongly linked to everyday life involving food, packaging, textiles and interiors. Bioeconomy and the industrial use of sustainable chemicals and materials will create growth and wealth and health for our planet.

During the Helsinki Design Week 2017, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is organising an open discussion event where we will address the big questions related to the future of materials and their use in the design of novel solutions. During the two-hour event, we will hear interesting keynotes and a series of pitches by the scientists who are developing the materials of the future and seek ideas to their potential use. We will also showcase several demos on the topic and the evening will be concluded with the award ceremony for the winners of The Making of Tomorrow design hackathon organised earlier during the Helsinki Design Week 2017.

Event Information
Name: Helsinki Design Week – Q&A on Materials of the future
Time: Wednesday 13.9.2017, 18:00–20:00
Venue: Urban Mill
Address: Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, Espoo

Go to the registration page from here

Please note the seminar is free to attend but there are limitations to maximum number of participants.

See the program of the seminar:

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Design meets Biomaterials – Multidisciplinary Aalto course kick-off at Urban Mill today

chem-kurssiAalto University course CHEM-A1610 Design meets Biomaterials Kick-off lecture and mini exhibition at Urban Mill today. Professor Tapani Vuorinen and Dr. Tiina Härkäsalmi carrying pulp & micro- and nanocellulose material samples to the students.


The course is part of CHEMARTS, a long-term strategic collaboration between two Aalto University schools, The School of Chemical Engineering (CHEM) and The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS). The schools merged their forces with the aim to invent new ways to harness wood and cellulose. The idea is to research the performance and design of advanced cellulosic materials for innovative uses. See

CHEMARTS student projects have inspired also the research collaboration for example Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) project. It is a multidisciplinary research collaboration project funded by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation) focused on finding new and innovative applications for cellulosic materials. The DWoC project combines design thinking and design-driven prototyping with a strong competence in technology development. The project takes place 1.4.2013 – 31.3.2018.

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Aalto School of Engineering engages staff and students in spatial redesign of it’s spaces

Aalto School of Engineering is hearing out its staff before embarking on a round of spatial redesign. The work consists of interviews, an online survey and two spatial workshops. The first workshop was held at Urban Mill Urban Cave on 18 August.

Aalto ENG WS 2015-08During the first workshop the participants, consisting of School of Engineering staff members, gave their views and ideas on the future needs for office work, teaching and special lab spaces. Initial survey results were also presented to the participants.

The second workshop will be held in October and has still some seats open for participants. This workshop will deepen the discussion on ENG’s future spaces by introducing spatial scenarios and working with the topic through group work. Especially ENG’s students are welcome to join.

For more information, please contact Riikka Manninen riikka.j.manninen (at)

Text: Riikka Manninen and Maria Viitanen; Photo: Maria Viitanen

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In collaboration with Aalto Built Environment Laboratory,

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