NODUS TALKS series 2017

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The NODUS TALKS series brings together researchers and practitioners on topics relevant to design, innovation and sustainability. Presentations are followed by a panel discussion, both in English. The events are free (please register in advance).




NODUS TALKS #4: Open Design. Open Society?


with Cindy Kohtala and Jason Selvarajan

Thursday 15 June 2017, 16.00-18.00

Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki


Cindy Kohtala is Postdoctoral Researcher in Aalto University, Department of Design. She has examined how digital fabrication communities in FabLabs and makerspaces address environmental issues. Open Design relates to both designing things as well as communities: self-organizing groups who decide what to design and how to do it.

Jason Selvarajan has studied Environmental Engineering. His water recycling and energy recovering shower filtration system called Showerloop exemplifies open hardware that can be adapted anywhere. Its various prototypes have been displayed in events such as Open Source Circular Economy Days Helsinki and POC21 near Paris, France.

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NODUS TALKS #3: Caring for the (Im)Material


with Mikko Jalas and Heikki Häyhä

Thursday 18 May 2017, 16.00-18.00

Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki


Mikko Jalas is Professor of Practice at Aalto University and head of the Creative Sustainability Master’s programme. Alongside a focus on renewable technologies, his research interest lies in the different experiences of time and its meaning for sustainability. In his talk Mikko will focus on the time-intense, dedicated care for wooden boats.

Heikki Häyhä is a lecturer in conservation at the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. Engaging with wooden boats first through a self-built Optimist-dinghy, which never turned out to be water tight, he currently serves on boards such as the committee for classic boats at the Helsingfors Segel Sällskap.




NODUS TALKS #2: The dividend of sustainable design


with Pekka Murto and Jutta Nuortila-Jokinen

Thursday 20 April 2017, 16.00-18.00

Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki


Pekka Murto is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Design, Aalto University, who has studied design management and sustainable design in complex and networked product development. In this talk, he shows how seemingly ‘wrong’ design processes in a shipbuilding project led to the right outcomes from the perspective of good design.

Jutta Nuortila-Jokinen, Associate Professor at LUT, is a sustainability expert advocating eco-design of products, processes and services. Having worked for UPM and as an independent consultant, she will consider the challenges and rewards of implementing sustainable business ideas.




NODUS TALKS #1: Energy Citizens + Open Knowledge


with Sampsa Hyysalo and Lilli Linkola

Thursday 23 March 2017, 16.00-18.30

Kino Sheryl foyer, Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki


Sampsa Hyysalo is Associate Professor of Co-Design at Aalto University with a research focus in longitudinal studies of designer-user relations in technology projects. His talk examines the Internet-based peer-to-peer discussion forums on heat pumps and how they have helped the diffusion of this technology.

Lilli Linkola is a sustainability expert advocating the circular economy, renewable energies and open knowledge. Having worked on projects for Sitra, the Green Building Council and the City of Helsinki, she will consider the role of open data in the energy transition in her talk.