Building blocks of a better future

Pekka Heikkinen (Curator), Laura Zubillaga (Curator), Jaakko Torvinen (Curator), Matti Kuittinen (Curator)

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Construction materials are of key importance, if we wish to limit global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. Today, a half of all raw materials are used for construction, and the amount is expected to rise as the global population grows. We need to build to more with less.

Production of cement, steel, aluminium, and plastics may account close to double the amount of allowable emissions by 2050. In addition to climate harms, extraction of raw materials is a serious threat to biodiversity. Around 90% of global biodiversity loss is connected to extraction of raw materials.

In this exhibition, you can see scale models of different types of wooden buildings and material samples of bio-based and circular materials.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherAalto University & Helsinki Design Week
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2022
MoE publication typeF2 Partial implementation of a work of art or performance
EventHelsinki Design Week: Designs for a Cooler Planet - Aalto Univeristy, Espoo, Finland
Duration: 7 Sept 202212 Oct 2022

Field of art

  • Architecture


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