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  • Blog post by The MoA Team

    Shaping a shared world – A collaborative exhibition in Cape Town

    19 Feb 2014

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    Aalto University takes parts of the Masters of Aalto exhibition to Cape Town during WDC 2014.

    For 3 weeks, Aalto University and its’ local partner Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) will exhibit works from their respective graduated students, inspired by the themes of the Masters of Aalto 2013 show: Me and We, Wellsphere, Old and New – Fast and Slow, Urban Age, New Rules.

    Shaping a shared world – A collaborative Arts, Design & Technology students’ exhibition is a celebration of two World Design Capital universities working together with a shared vision of using design to transform people’s lives. The exhibition showcases works from both Aalto University and CPUT demonstrating pragmatic strategies for creating positive change. The works have also been chosen to fit with the WDC Cape Town premise of “Live Design. Transform Life”.

    The exhibition will be held at District 6 Homecoming Centre, 1st floor in the Gallery Area.

    Stop by if you happen to be in the neighbourhood!

  • Make{able} – Half-way products to ease user-involvement.

    23 May 2013

    This master’s thesis, was focusing on reducing fashion and clothing consumption, by creating a more meaningful person-product attachment. Emotional bonding and attachment can best be created in the use- or making phase of a product (Mugge et al. 2009). Therefore one approach to reduce clothing consumption, is by motivating consumers to become active participants in the design and making process.
    With the approach: “Half-way products”, I tried to ease the first critical entry step. A half-way product is design objects, that is intentionally ‘unfinished’ and thus leaves the end user an open space to customize and finalize the piece (Fuad-Luke, 2009).Therefore the final user is invited to participate and create items according to their own needs and preferences, but saves time and energy as its half-way prepared. This allows also sewing beginners to achieve a good outcome in a rather short amount of time.
    As sewing and designing needs time and practice, Make{able} workshops are held monthly in collaboration with fashion designers. Latest workshop was held at the MoA space on the 8th of May. We had 18 great participants, who created very nice tunics and other garments. If you are interested in participating the next workshop (with a new topic) please take a look at the project-blog and event page: http://makeable4u.wordpress.com/

  • Blog post by The MoA Team

    Masters of Aalto partners award Aalto University Masters

    20 May 2013

    The partners of the Aalto University year show Masters of Aalto has awarded their favourite theses. The awarded masters were selected amongst the 70 participants of the Masters of Aalto exhibition. This year the winners presented the multidisciplinary character of Aalto University and theses works examining better living environments.

     

    The exhibition is open in the district of Sörnäinen in Helsinki until Sunday, 26 May.

     

    Awarded works represent a multidisciplinary approach and societal impact.

    City of Helsinki, the main partner of Masters of Aalto 2013, awarded student Jenni Seppä from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, for her collaborative branding model for small design enterprises.
    ‘It is in the interests of the city and the entire business community that the versatile talent of players in design should be used as much as possible’ said Anu Mänttäri, Business Development Advisor at the City of Helsinki, Office of Economic Development.
    ‘Seppä’s work offers an easily approachable way to promote the accessibility of design talent, and offers support for entrepreneurship while applying the skills of economic science.’

     

    Printing and publishing company Unigrafia, jointly owned by Aalto University and the University of Helsinki, awarded student of textile art Paula Barclay. Her thesis, a collaboration with WWF Finland and Makia Clothing, is a print collection to raise consciousness about the problems related to overfishing.
    ‘The important and topical theme combined with the fresh implementation of a subject with high visual quality that suits well with its subject was the reasons to choose this work. The patterns designed by the textile artist would be easily applicable also to a broader selection of products and printed goods on different materials’, explained Key Account Manager Sirkku Grönholm.

     

    The Metex Foundation Award was presented to a multidisciplinary group whose three graduates have examined the development of passenger vessels and cruise services each from the perspective of their own fields of research. Oliver Parmasto, who is graduating from the School of Engineering, Yali Wu, who attended the School of Business, and Vesa Ylirisku, who completed his degree at the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, were praised by the foundation’s representative Jussi Neuvo for the challenge they took from real life to get to an interdisciplinary and holistic solution.

     

    There is still time to see what the Masters of Aalto has to offer

    The Masters of Aalto exhibition and event space in the Sörnäinen district of Helsinki (Kruununmakasiini, Hämeentie 39) is open to the public daily through 26 May (Mon–Fri 12.00–20.00, Sat–Sun 12.00–18.00). Free admission.

    Awarded thesis:
    Jenni Seppä: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/en/masters/jenni-seppa/
    Paula Barclay: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/en/masters/paula-barclay/
    Oliver Parmasto: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/en/masters/oliver-parmasto/
    Yali Wu: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/en/masters/yali-wu/
    Vesa Ylirisku: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/en/masters/vesa-ylirisku/

     

    Additional information:

    Event Producer Katri Winqvist
    Tel. +358 50 591 4314
    katri.winqvist@aalto.fi

     

    Exhibition Producer Tarja Peltoniemi
    Tel.  +358 50 532 3817
    tarja.peltoniemi@aalto.fi

     

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    Masters of Aalto -yhteistyökumppanit palkitsivat Aalto-yliopiston maistereita

     

    Aalto-yliopistosta valmistuneiden opiskelijoiden opinnäytteitä esittelevässä Masters of Aalto -tapahtumassa on palkittu ansiokkaita opinnäytetyön tekijöitä. Tapahtuman yhteistyökumppanit valikoivat näyttelyn runsaan 70 työn joukosta suosikkinsa. Aalto-yliopiston monialaisuus ja ihmisen elinympäristöjä tutkineet työt olivat tänä vuonna palkitsijoiden mieleen. Näyttely on auki Helsingin Sörnäisissä joka päivä sunnuntaihin 26.5. asti.

     

    Palkitut työt edustavat poikkitieteellisyyttä ja yhteiskunnallista vaikuttavuutta

     

    Masters of Aalto -tapahtuman vuoden 2013 pääyhteistyökumppani Helsingin kaupunki palkitsi Aalto-yliopiston taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulun opiskelijan Jenni Sepän hänen pienten muotoiluyritysten yhteistoiminnallista kattobrändiä käsittelevästä lopputyöstään. 
– On kaupungin ja koko elinkeinoelämän etu, että muotoilutoimijoiden monipuolista osaamista käytetään mahdollisimman paljon, perusteli kaupungin elinkeinopalvelun yritysasiamies Anu Mänttäri valintaa. 
– Sepän työ tarjoaa helposti lähestyttävän tavan edistää muotoiluosaamisen saavutettavuutta ja tarjoaa tukea yrittäjyydelle kauppatieteiden oppeja soveltaen.

     

    Yhteistyökumppani Unigrafia palkitsi tekstiilitaiteen opiskelijan Paula Barclayn, joka on yhteistyössä Makia Clothingin ja WWF Suomen kanssa toteuttanut painotekstiilimalliston lisäämään tietoisuutta ylikalastukseen liittyvistä ongelmista. 
– Tärkeä ja ajankohtainen teema yhdistettynä visuaalisesti korkeatasoiseen, aiheeseen istuvaan ja raikkaaseen toteutukseen varmisti palkittavan valinnan. Tekstiilitaiteilijan suunnittelemat kuosit olisivat helposti sovellettavissa myös laajempaankin tuotevalikoimaan ja eri materiaalisiin painotuotteisiin, kertoi asiakkuuspäällikkö Sirkku Grönholm.

     

    Metex-säätiön palkinto luovutettiin monialaiselle ryhmälle, jossa kolme vastavalmistunutta ovat kukin omien tutkimusalueiden näkökulmasta pohtineet matkustaja-alusten ja risteilypalvelujen kehittämistä. Insinööritieteiden korkeakoulusta valmistuva Oliver Parmasto, Kauppakorkeakoulun kasvatti Yali Wu ja Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulussa tutkinnon suorittanut Vesa Ylirisku saivat kiitosta oikeasta elämästä otetun haasteen monialaisesta ja holistisesta lähestymisestä säätiön edustajalta Jussi Neuvolta.

     

    Palkitut lopputyöt:  

    Jenni Seppä: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/fi/maisterit/jenni-seppa/

    Paula Barclay: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/fi/maisterit/paula-barclay/

    Oliver Parmasto: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/fi/maisterit/oliver-parmasto/

    Yali Wu: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/fi/maisterit/yali-wu/

    Vesa Ylirisku: http://moa.aalto.fi/2013/fi/maisterit/vesa-ylirisku/

     

     

    Vielä ehdit tutustua Masters of Aallon tarjontaan

     

    Masters of Aalto -tapahtumatila ja näyttely Helsingin Sörnäisissä (Kruununmakasiini, Hämeentie 39) on avoinna yleisölle päivittäin sunnuntaihin 26.5. saakka (ma−pe klo 12−20, la−su klo 12−18). Näyttelyyn on vapaa pääsy.

     

    Lisätietoja:

    Tapahtumatuottaja Katri Winqvist
    puh. 050 591 4314
    katri.winqvist@aalto.fi

     

    Näyttelytuottaja Tarja Peltoniemi
    puh. 050 532 3817
    tarja.peltoniemi@aalto.fi

     

     

  • Blog post by The MoA Team

    Joint cultural experiences as a driver for sustainability

    16 May 2013

    Photo: Team MoA

    Masters of Aalto is as we speak on going and doing well. Before the grand opening there has – as you can imagine – been months of work with all the planning and coordination. Among other things, sustainable solutions has been one of our yardsticks in making an event worth being proud of.

    Aalto University’s mission sets an obligation also on MoA to promote sustainable development. As MoA presents the future of art, business, and technology, our students also take their responsibility in developing our tomorrow in a sustainable way.

    Take for example Antti-Jussi Silvennoinen and his gorgeous lamp made of light cardboard and packed in small packages to be mounted by the user to minimize shipping emission. Laura Orelma has dug into responsible tourism by examining the concept of dispersed hotels and Kaisa Takala has researched sustainable materials for different living environments. Or what about Olli Nevalainen‘s and Anssi Krooks‘ instrument in chlorophyll estimation and forest inventories for scientific needs that can be used without harming the trees? Not to mention Tommi Rimpiläinen‘s research in finding opportunities for a better life for the poorest people in the world.

    In the same way environmental awareness plays a significant role in the production of Masters of Aalto. The event utilizes the EcoCompass system of the Helsinki Environment Centre.

    This means that furniture, light, and constructions are not only reused in future exhibitions but also re-made of materials and decorations from other Aalto events. Every time something new was purchased the materials already had to have a new life planned after MoA: banners will be materials for design products made by the Uusix workshops arranged by social and health services at the City of Helsinki, and construction materials will be donated for teaching usage and materials at the university.

    Needless to say is that all printed materials are printed in environmental friendly paints and on recycled papers. Cleaning is of course made with environment friendly detergent and all waste is circulated.

    Finding a place located in the very centre of good public transportation and our very own – Aalto thesis based – bicycle park has made it a pleasure to recommend our guests to leave their cars at home. These kind of ideas are every day made also at the university for making our campuses more sustainable as Aalto is the first Finnish university to join the International Sustainable Campus Network. Read more: aalto.fi/en/about/sustainability

    Decisions within sustainability are not only financial, social nor ecological – they are also cultural. The more we have fun together, the more we appreciate each other, each others wealth, and all the things we have in common. By learning new things from our co-students and colleagues we also learn to take care of our environment.

     

     

  • Value-based selling gives more to the seller and the customer (article and posters)

    15 May 2013

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    In value-based selling the seller knows the business of their customer extremely well. The sales proposition shows to the customer in monetary terms how much value they will gain from the deal.

    The realized value is verified after the offering has been delivered, and the pricing can be tied to these realized benefits. This reduces customer’s risks in purchasing and enables fair pay for the seller by clearly showcasing the advantages to the customer.

    My article on value-based selling, written for the MoA-book:
    http://tinyurl.com/moa-article

    Posters of the components of value, the selling process and implementation tips:
    http://tinyurl.com/moa-posters

    For more information feel free to email or call me. Have a great day!

  • This is something extra from my thesis work.

    14 May 2013

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    There are two reasons why I still put that much effort on this new installation for MOA even after my graduation. First, much more was actually learned from the last design activity, user study. However, due to the limited resource, I had to finalize the thesis at some point. The installation is an extension of the thesis work, in which I put some of my thoughts gained from the user test into a physical form.
    Second, Nokia took all my prototypes, and presenting only a book is boring. So I built it.

  • Lily and Rudolf visit MoA!

    14 May 2013

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    Lily and Rudolf have inspired visitors to make so many number visualizations in just 6 days! Come and draw your own!

  • Raising awareness with Makia

    14 May 2013

    As part of the overfishing campaign Makia teamed up with Jasper Pääkkönen, Project FishRun and Antti Zetterberg to talk about their thoughts and concerns on overfishing, check out their videos here!

  • Money, money, money and lack of it at the BOP

    13 May 2013

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    “We are happy about the agriculture here and until our death our agriculture is most important thing in our life as it feeds us” (BOP5).

    Most of the people in Kolli Hills consider themselves poor, but majority seem to be content as their economic status have been steadily improving in the past, as a consequence to the favoring policies of the government. There are now more work opportunities for labor and the farmers are being paid more for their produce than in the past and the ones in most need are being given food rations by the government.

    Kolli Malayali is no longer a closed tribal system and the society is moving from subsistence agriculture towards commercial agriculture. Many Kollis have sold their traditional land to lowlanders, and now work for them in the fields, while there are also many small scale agriculturalists, who still own their own land. Cash crops, such as tobacco, tea, coffee, spices have replaced more traditional local produce and the harvest is also being sold to lowlands. Middle men are exploiting the limited opportunities to sell the crop in the hills and take substantial commissions for taking the produce to markets. The importance to have an access to a road cannot be overstated as without it, a farmer has to pay much more for the transportation and is losing out on the predetermined prices, as there is no organized sales network and they are more vulnerable to the buyers will.

    Banks are providing loans only to landlords and not to ordinary farmers, who are resorted to rely on credit from their family and neighbors or they can get informal loans from whom they call “estate people”. They charge much higher interests than the banks as the rates are added to the loan on a monthly, not on a yearly basis. Typical monthly rate is 2 %, which cumulatively can quickly become a massive burden for the borrower and result lifetime of indebtedness for the family.

    The size of a family obviously affects the family expenses and especially young children and girls are being considered solely as a source of costs for the family. Men are in charge of household economies and women do not have own money unless they go to work themselves. Therefore they are completely economically depended to their men. A local NGO employee explained that, “even if a daughter goes to work, she has to give all her money to the father. Whatever expenses she has such as to get a new sari, a meager amount is taken to her, but the rest goes to the father”. She is expected to earn her deposit for the marriage and she is being compared with the dowry monies of the other girls in the neighborhood and thus needs to save in order to get a good husband.

  • Kolli Malayalis -the people of BOP

    10 May 2013

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    Kolli Malayali are the original people of the area and today there are around 50 000-60 000 of them living in 275 villages. Last census was carried out in 2001 and no-one knows the exact current population. They have been given a status of scheduled tribals, due to their economic and societal backwardness and they are entitled to certain government privileges and developmental favoritism in order to bridge the gap with other Indian communities. However, most of the people in the area are still living in intense poverty.

    The 98% Hindu population and few Christians are getting well along together and there is no history of religious conflicts in the area. Ethnically the people living in Kolli Hills look exactly like the lowlanders, but there are some differences in their appearance. Kollis are generally skinnier and there are very few obese people around, unlike elsewhere in Tamil Nadu, where good portion of upper and middle class seem to be overweight. Many Kolli people do heavy physical work and are used to walking a lot in the hills thus getting more than enough of physical exercise. There are also more unwashed people with unclean clothes. That is likely a consequence of hard laboring and general poverty. They also have rougher faces with more scars indicating of demanding life. Men are wearing more traditional lungis (sarong) instead of trousers, while many women wear loose night dress type outfits or saris.

    While people were generally very friendly and curious towards me, there are certain codes of conduct and taboos to be respected. For instance pictures cannot be taken of young women, little babies or religious shrines without permission. Even saying hello to a female can be considered highly offensive and trigger a conflict. I did not experience that in first hand, but were told on several occasions by my assistants to be careful when young women were around, as their relatives and companions might get wrong thoughts.

    Even if most people are living in substantial poverty, people appear to be happy and content in their lives. Most of them would not want to live elsewhere even if the opportunity arises, as their identity is strongly associated with their families, communities and to the land of the Kolli Hills.

  • Setting the scene for the BOP

    10 May 2013

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    The tribal area of Kolli Hills is located in the center part of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is roughly a two hour car travel away and a lot more if relying on public transportation from any town of meaningful size and services. The first hour of the journey is through picturesque agricultural landscape with lush tropical vegetation, palm groves and water buffaloes grazing lazily around. In the second hour, the road starts to coil through total of 70 hairpins up to the hill and finally reaches an altitude of 1000 meters above the sea level. During the ascend, vegetation adjusts to the noticeably cooler hill climate and abundant monkeys are approaching vehicles in a hope of getting food, which in fact many people are throwing out from the windows to them. According to the driver it is both for amusement and to provide good luck.

  • Presentation

    10 May 2013

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    Written thesis will be published here:

    http://ondokumende.blogspot.fi/

  • Co-creation workshops with children

    08 May 2013

    Here’s a short video which describes what we did with the children in the design workshops. The main goal for the workshops was to get feedback and new feature ideas based on the game prototype – does the game appeal the designed target audience and how could we make the game experience better?

    The workshops were held during one week. On Monday we spent the day with the children just playing and getting to know them. I believe this really helped the kids to be more relaxed in the workshops.

    From Tuesday until Thursday we had the design workshops. One workshop session lasted about 45 minutes and during that time we played the game prototype, did interviews and designed new features to the game by paper prototyping. In the end we benchmarked a competing game and did some comparative interviewing between our prototype and the benchmarked game.

    We had the last session on Friday. Then we asked the children to draw us ideas for a new game character and we also tested some game music.

    The most valuable thing we got from the workshops was to get insight and inspiration from the children. Looking at them play and talk to each other provided very important information which helped me and the whole game team to design more great features into the game.

    If you want to know when the game is ready go to http://kalabalikstudio.com/ and join our e-mail list.

  • Pics of the pilot project.

    08 May 2013

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    You can find the bike racks in bicycle parking area in the Masters of Art Exhibition backyard. Just follow the street signs and park your bike there. Pilot project about cycling services branding spreads out also in Sörnäinen metro station and two metro cars 7.5-26.5.

    More info about the pilot (in finnish): www.hkl.fi/pyoraily

    My whole thesis is located near the exhibition entrance.

  • Places to Stop – installation is ready to be revealed

    07 May 2013

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    Here the photos are still covered, come see at the opening tonight how it looks like!

  • Muji CD player

    07 May 2013

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    Muji CD player and Naoto Fukasawa

  • Kikkoman Bottle

    07 May 2013

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    Designed by Eknji Ekuan, It has been in production since 1961 and has not changed. It is an example of a product which endures time. The philosophy of designer influencing design of the bottle is evident.

  • Behind the series

    07 May 2013

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    Just small Hiccups -photography series is best described as photography theatre. The change of time and continuous of life is present, because pictures are created at home, at my childhood house, where different generations are present.

    My pictures are made with my child Eeli. When we take pictures we improvise the pictures together. The series started when my son wanted to be my model, and it changed and crystalized from that to our own visual conversation. I thank my son Eeli for the pictures, and the series would not been the same without our close relationship. The pictures of Just small hiccups are also my self portraits, as through my child´s life as also through nature.

  • Home

    07 May 2013

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    Smoke rises from the chimney,
    Beckoning to warmth and safety.

    From cellar to attic,
    House full of hideouts

    The core of the house changes,
    The warmth of the bedroom,
    Transformed into my chilly office.

    Built by my grandfather
    Abandoning the war for memories.

    Items and furniture
    Made by measure

    Cabinets, chests, boxes
    Locks are always open,
    Explored only by permission.

    I forget reality,
    Stories live in me.

    House with a garden,
    Woods stand sentinel.

    Where my mother walked,
    Paths formed.

    Where I walked,
    Paths got stronger.

    There my child plays,
    Paths remain.

    If my house is my shelter,
    The woods are my castle,
    I built a nest in the castle.

    Imagination as a friend,
    Infinite woods.

    Constellations guiding,
    Searching for wisdoms of life.

    An unuttered permission,
    To hide secrets,
    Confirmation for the same happiness.

  • Let’s make dreams real: The Hole

    07 May 2013

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    And here it is!

    The last key piece for my installation at the MoA exhibition.
    An affordable, disposable yet elegantly discreet solution to mimic the real thing. Design solution especially for the male audience who feel the need to supress unexpected cravings either carnal or materialistic.

    You can check it out and download the instructions to make one yourself!

    Here is the link:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/vja6vi4l4ok1egp/hole%20instructions.jpg

    I encourage you all to try it out next time you fancy something new!

  • Two patterns

    06 May 2013

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    Patterns JANG and JANK

    Girl groups in Guediawaye suburb of Dakar did the drawing and chose the colors.
    In their drawings the two most important themes were right to learn and right to work according to age and ability. The girls are mostly working as household help. Most of them are illiterate and never been to school. They were given pens and paper to explore creating messages that finally become printed textiles.

  • Finally ready for MoA!

    06 May 2013

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    My installation in MoA displays the changes in landscape throughout the year and plays with the scale and layers of landscape.

    The scale model with a moving video projection can be found on the second floor and my thesis report with my research and designs can be found from the MoA library on the entrance floor.

    Welcome to the exhibition!

  • It was bound to happen…

    03 May 2013

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    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4910461/boy-5-shoots-and-kills-two-year-old-sister-with-first-rifle.html

    One of the examples I used in my thesis to point out where design has gone spectacularly too far. American version of the evolution theory.

    Check out all the other cool products from the Crickett comapny:

    http://www.crickett.com/

    Ok..the link is not working .They must be doing some heavy cleaning on their site. There used to be pics of children posing with the rifles.

  • Nothing to be afraid of

    02 May 2013

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    My MoA’13 installation is almost ready and some people seem to think that it’s scary. It’s a dark room with a voice. I’m glad if it evokes feelings.

    Dreams Made Real doesn’t only include bright daydreams. It also exhibits unclear and weird feelings about reality and future. There is always fear of the unknown that needs to be overcome. But it’s just a lonely room that asks to be touched. There’s nothing to be afraid of.

  • Behind the image

    30 Apr 2013

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    “Inside Yard” is a metaphor for an unknown person. It is seen as from inside. I used to look at passing-by people’s public faces and imagine the “true” being hiding behind. Many look externally seemingly well and healthy but in reality might be suffering from loneliness and soreness. People are like inside yards. Usually they are closed and seen as private spaces, which might be interesting to enter for an outsider but at the same time there is a sense of uncertainty and reserve. The inside yards might be colorful and joyful or grey and sad. And the last one might be hard to leave if alone.

  • Getting ready

    29 Apr 2013

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    It’s time to set up the exhibition space. You will be able to play the game prototype, watch a video about the design workshops and see some drawings and paper prototypes made by the children.

    You will find Kids Play from the bottom floor, quite next to the stairway. Welcome!

  • No 2

    25 Apr 2013

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    As the idea of my travel was to try to fight against the increasing length of the day, so fought my camera against my intention to document this trial. Back home I realised that in each of my negatives there was only few exposed images instead of twelve (standard for 6×6 format cameras). As if my camera had wanted to tell me that if you want to run fast you can’t look to your sides.

    After a little disappointment for the lost photographs, I decided to use those unexposed areas in my negatives to create new photographs. So I came up with a series of nine images, 12h 24min 7s (In-betweens). In each picture there’s a trace of nearly all of the film material left in between the exposed shots.

  • a book

    25 Apr 2013

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    Here’s a little insight to the third and last part of my graduation project. When Sense of Belonging is Bound to a System of Movement tells the story behind my travel and the three photographs in MoA exhibition.

  • Combining modes of passion

    23 Apr 2013

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    I started playing the kantele when I was five. When the time came, I chose the path of physics at the university. For some time, I had been wondering how to combine these two passions. Turned out that the analysis and synthesis of musical instruments is something where they would meet.

    At this very moment, there are many teams working on physics-based modelling of musical instruments. The aim is not only to understand how they work, but also bring new tools for composers and instrument builders. Particularly, the modelling methods offer a chance of exploring instruments before and beyond building physical copies.

    I was lucky enough to meet Jyrki Pölkki , an instrument builder at Soitinrakentajat AMF with a passion to make acoustically improved instruments. He had many copies of instruments in his workshop in Leppävirta, in which he had tried some new ideas. One of these was a kantele with a new kind of body – like two boats facing each other. Nowadays, this modified kantele is sold commercially under the name of Kirjokansi.

    This kantele had proven to be louder than the traditional kanteles in the measurements conducted in the anechoic chamber of the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics at Aalto University. My mind was set to understand why. In my thesis, I made a finite element model of the kantele and studied its vibrational modes and sound radiation. An example of a vibrational mode is shown in the picture above. The red areas depict vibration maxima whereas in the blue areas, there is very little vibration.

    A string instrument body is an essential amplifier to the string vibration, so that we can actually hear the instrument. In this modified kantele, the top plate can vibrate freely, just like in the traditional carved kanteles. In addition, the back plate encloses air inside the kantele, which also vibrates, just like in the box kantele. Consequently, the modified kantele incorporates both the carved and the box kantele. Thus, the modified kantele amplifies the string vibration better than the traditional kanteles, and we hear a louder instrument.

    Come and experience the kantele at the exhibition!

    ps. Some musical instrument acoustics teams for those interested:

    Audio signal processing research group at Aalto:
    http://spa.aalto.fi/en/research/acoustics_and_audio_signal_processing_group/audio_signal_processing_team/
    Acoustics group at the University of Edinburgh:
    http://www.ness.music.ed.ac.uk/

  • BEAM project PSS (Product service-system)

    22 Apr 2013

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    Product system service map is a key point of sustainable product design. This is systemic approach is a plan of how product can be made and disposed in the end.
    BEAM PSS shows how to collect material from local, manufacture in the local context and extend the life cycle in one map.

  • Status update

    19 Apr 2013

    While still worried that the public is turning away from high quality media content and media companies are unable to satisfy our needs, I have changed my rescue attempts to more practical way.

    After very theoretical and strategic thesis I am now focusing to understand the behaviour of 18-30 years old media consumers. Why? According to studies this age group already covers most of value in mobile services. If we could get them a) to spent more time within high quality media content or b) to pay for it, the state of the industry would look a lot better…

    From MoA I am looking for fresh ideas to develop better media services, colleagues with similar interests and feedback on my insight!

  • Blog post by The MoA Team

    MoA’13 – modelling for the exhibition

    18 Apr 2013

    What happens when Masters of Aalto takes over an old warehouse, that has been empty for years? What is the architects’ first task?

    As Masters of Aalto has been collaborating with the City of Helsinki for a couple of years the understanding for each other has grown during the collaboration. So you can tell we were stoked, to say the least, when the city of Helsinki offered us an old warehouse in Sörnäinen. With all the public transportation just around the corner and in the middle of the three main campuses of Aalto University, we could not have asked for a better location for our year show of 2013!

    Since one of the ideas of MoA is that students make it for students, our three brilliant architects Sara Multanen, Mia Okura and Essi Similä have spent hours making sure they have all the drawings right, everybody’s wishes are met and everyone participating has enough space to display their work in the best possible way.

    When the 120 year old building has been measured the drawing begins. Do not think that there are any accurate drawings from an old warehouse like this, nope, Essi, Sara & Mia have been running around for hours with the laser to measure every pillar correctly. When the drawings are finished the modelling begins. To make the usage of the space more accurate, a scale model was produced. Check out the video – the laser cut mock up. How cool is it on a scale!?

  • Future of Moa exhibition venue | Moa-näyttelyn tapahtumapaikan tulevaisuus

    12 Apr 2013

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    What could the Hämeentie storehouse be used for after it houses the Moa exhibition? The building, owned by the city of Helsinki, has stood empty for the past seven years. The Moa exhibition is an opportunity to openly discuss ideas about the building’s future use and alteration. My Moa exhibit adapts the ideation method I used during my thesis project to the Hämeentie storehouse. Exhibition goers are invited to add their own ideas and comment on other people’s ideas.

    Mihin Hämeentien makasiinia voisi käyttää Moa-näyttelyn jälkeen? Helsingin kaupungin omistama Makasiini on ollut tyhjillään seitsemän vuotta. Moa-näyttely on mahdollisuus keskustella avoimesti rakennuksen tulevasta käytöstä. Näyttelytyössäni sovellan lopputyössäni käyttämääni ideointi-metodia Hämeentien makasiiniin. Näyttelyn kävijät ovat tervetulleita lisäämään omia ideoitaan rakennuksen tulevaisuudesta sekä kommentoimaan muiden ideoita.

  • Blog post by The MoA Team

    Who is Arni Aromaa, the man behind the Masters of Aalto 2013 concept?

    08 Apr 2013

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    The curator of Masters of Aalto 2013, Arni Aromaa, is acclaimed Finnish industrial designer. As the co-counder of a highly innovative and successful design agency, his thinking and way of doing things is equally based on passion and rationalism.

    Arni is a graduate of the former University of Art and Design. He co-founded Helsinki-based design agency Pentagon Design in 1996.

    Pentagon Design is specialised in product, service brand and space design. Arni’s work with Pentagon routinely wins respected design awards.

  • Journey of Jerrycan/ Sustainable Local Product Development (SLPD)

    02 Apr 2013

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    BEAM project means a light and joyful project of sustainable local product development. The project is aiming at a basic structure for local product design process for micro designers and SMEs.

    The project’s process aims at merging the local culture into physical, locally designed-products as designers actively learn from local community members. The structure of this master’s thesis consists of three main parts which are a research, field research and sustainable design strategy. The target area of the field research, named by Beam project, was Uganda, East Africa. In the process, jerrycan, which is a plastic water canister, was the main material for SLPD and a symbol of local water problems. At the same time, all designed products from jerrycan are strongly related to social issues, such as water issues, education and transportation.

    /Logo design by Jarkko Kurronen

  • Videos about the SoundWeaver

    28 Mar 2013

    Here is a video showing how the Soundweaver prototype works.

    I was also in Yle´s Web program Neo telling about the soundweaver. My part starts at 1.13 http://areena.yle.fi/tv/1806890

  • Blog post by The MoA Team

    Dreams made real showcased at the Masters of Aalto event in Sörnäinen in May

    26 Mar 2013

    Dreams and visions become reality as the newly graduates from Aalto University present their thesis projects at the Masters of Aalto 2013 year show. The exhibition is held in Sörnäinen, Helsinki from 8 to 26 May.

    Masters of Aalto offers the visitor a lively presentation of studies at Aalto University and introduces the societal role the university has. Masters of Aalto showcases the works of 80 graduates from the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, the School of Business and the schools of technology.

    The venue is a former granary, a brick building at the corner of Hämeentie and Lautatarhankatu, which for a long time functioned as a warehouse. The premises managed by the City of Helsinki will now be opened to the public for the first time.

    The students and alumni of Aalto University are strongly involved in the planning and design of Masters of Aalto. They are responsible for the event’s visual identity, the web design, and the exhibition’s architecture, to mention a few.

    The theme for this year’s show is Dreams Made Real. The thematic concept of the exhibition is planned by Designer Arni Aromaa. Aromaa is the founder and creative director of Pentagon Design and is an Aalto University’s alumnus.

    ’Finns are very good in realism based on facts, but to create something new requires also dreaming and visioning. The exhibition provides a concrete view on dreams made real by students at Aalto University. This is the main message for example to young people planning their future studies,’ Aromaa describes.

    In addition to the exhibition, Masters of Aalto invites its visitors to attend public events, seminars, and workshops in May. During the event, there are products on sale by the young designers and a café by students.

    Masters of Aalto on 8–26 May 2013, Kruunumakasiinit, Hämeentie 39, Helsinki. The exhibition is open Monday–Friday at 12–20 and during the weekends at 12–18. Free entrance.

    Environmental awareness plays a significant role in the production of Masters of Aalto. The event utilises the EcoCompass system of the Helsinki Environment Centre.

Masters of Aalto made possible by:

Helsingin kaupunki Antalis DMP Elisa Experq Hjelt Foundations Martela RGB Teknos Teurastamo Unigrafia Viinitie

Environmental awareness plays a significant role in the production of Masters of Aalto.
The event utilises the EcoCompass system of the Helsinki Environment Centre.