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NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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  • 1. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Web: Contact:
  • 2. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 What is NODUS? The NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group is based in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland. We aim to create robust research-based design knowledge reflecting values appropriate for a more sustainable society.
  • 3. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 What do we do? We focus on *sustainable* *design* (SD, DfS) in transdisciplinary settings, as an open, accessible & engaging “node”. This means eco-design and the design of meanings – of materials, products and systems. Design in and for a bio-economy. Design in peer production. Sustainable Design education. And design for societal impact.
  • 4. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Our core competences include: ü  Problem space & context framing ü  Interdisciplinary collaboration ü  Micro-macro scalability ü  Stakeholder sensitive design ü  Sustainable concept generation " & assessment ü  Sustainable Product-Service System design & education
  • 5. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 What services do we offer? ü  Identification and exploration of sustainable opportunities by DfS ü  Articulation of the value in DfS concepts ü  Benchmarking and opportunity mapping ü  Platforms for sustainable and stakeholder sensitive design
  • 6. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Who do we work with? We aim at a balance between the academy, industry, society & education. •  Tekes, e.g. Green Growth programme •  Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster (FIMECC) •  International networks (e.g. TUDelft, Polimi)
  • 7. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Who do we work with? Aalto-wide connections: •  Creative Sustainability Master’s Programme (CS) •  Aalto LAB Mexico, with several partners •  other Aalto Research Groups, and many more
  • 8. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Who are we? 3 post-docs (Tiina Härkäsalmi, Susu Nousala, Mika Kuisma) 4 doctoral students (Cindy Kohtala, Tatu Marttila, Pekka Murto, Seungho Lee) 1 MA student (Hesam Pakbeen) Mentor (Prof. Alastair Fuad-Luke) Our backgrounds include industrial design, textiles design, craft design, the social sciences, and business.
  • 9. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Past and present projects: •  Support Systems for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Transformation (SHIFT): EU/Tekes-funded project (2013-2016) •  Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose: Tekes-funded project (2013-2015) •  Futures digital textile printing DIGItex: sustainable focus; Tekes funded (2013-2014)
  • 10. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Past and present projects: •  UNEP/EU Resource Efficiency and EcoInnovation in Developing and Transition Economies project: Conribution to EcoInnovation Manual (2013) •  The Learning Network on Sustainability (LeNS): EU-funded project disseminating PSS in design education (2007-2010) –> Publication in press
  • 11. !"#$%&'%()* +*#&,' -*#*%./0 Past and present projects: •  TANGO/AH-Design (Wellbeing 365 project): Suburb development in Helsinki; EU Cultural funding (2011-2013) •  Baltic Fashion: Aalto focus on sustainability; " EU funded (2011-2013) •  The Media of Energy and Emotions (MDNM): Workshop/seminar/exhibition on energy and resource conservation (2012)