The International Aino & Alvar Aalto Design Colloquium – DESIGN & PEACE, challenges us to explore the ways in which design and peace are connected, along with the diverse meanings of design and peace, at an expert gathering in Säynätsalo Town Hall on 14-15 June 2019.

The colloquium will ask whether design can initiate a dialogue and promote co-existence between humankind and nature, and how conscious design can promote the preservation of world peace. Can the designer’s own peace of mind act as a catalyst for better results, when human health and wellbeing or new ways of responding to technological and ecological concerns are at stake? Experts from various fields of design, architecture, information technology, education, communications and the social sciences will come together to discuss these and other questions. The main theme will be considered from three specific viewpoints: 1 Peace in Society, 2 Conflicts and Peace and 3 Spatial Peace.

The questions, discussions and interviews of the participants of the colloquium will be collected and edited for a publication, which will be available online and on sale in selected bookstores in autumn 2019. Part of the programme will be streamed and the recordings can be viewed online indefinitely. Stay tuned and check out the outcomes HERE!

The Colloquium will be accompanied by a rich and varied programme of events open to the public, including lectures, architecture tours and guided exhibition visits. Check out the programme HERE.