WHEN: 11.1.- 29.3.2017
TEACHERS: Prof. Armi Temmes Aalto BIZ (Responsible teacher),
Ph.D Angelina Korsunova Aalto BIZ,
Prof. Mikko Jalas, Aalto ARTS,
M.A. Tatu Marttila, Aalto ARTS
PARTNERS: Metsä Board, HSY, Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj, Tuusula municipality: Rykmentinpuisto
MORE INFO: Official transcription: MyCourses, Photographs: CS Flickr
In Capstone, the students apply their skills and knowledge to real-life sustainability challenges. This year, the projects were conducted in cooperation with Metsä Board, HSY, Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj, and Tuusula municipality. The briefs were given by the clients, though redefined with the students if needed. The projects engaged stakeholders from the clients to the users, and the solutions were tested through prototyping.
Descriptions of Capstone 2017 projects
Metsä Board is a leading European producer of folding boxboards and white linerboards made from fresh fibres. The products are suitable for packaging food and the material is considered more sustainable than many other options, such as plastic packaging. The raw material is traceable, renewable, easy to recycle and it doesn’t harm ecosystems. In the era of takeaway food, there is demand for packaging that doesn’t litter the oceans or waste resources. Therefore, the students were asked to create a roadmap and a communication story for food packaging which considers sustainability aspects. The students decided to focus on takeaway coffee cups on campus, and they created a strategy for informing users on social media and enabling coffee cup recycling.
Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority [HSY]: Water
HSY is a municipal body, which produces waste management and water services in Helsinki Metropolitan Area. With Capstone, HSY is looking for solutions to serve water in summer events and indoor events, such as Slush. These solutions will reduce the need for bottled water, which is a remarkable source of waste and plastic pollution. Two student groups came up with prototypes of a water refilling stations, which may be seen already in the next Slush!
Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority [HSY]: Transportation
HSY invited students to propose solutions for low-carbon railway stations within the Helsinki region. A well-functioning station will encourage people to use more public transportation, but it is also a service point that a remarkable number of citizens visit daily. The students’ response to the challenge was a service called Bikefy, which encourages citizens to combine different forms of transportation. The core idea is to include cycling at least in part of the commute, while enabling the use of public transportation.
Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj [L&T]
L&T is providing a range of services for cleaning, facility maintenance, repair construction, waste management and recycling. L&T operates in Finland, Sweden and Russia, and it employs 8,000 people, which makes it a remarkable contributor to the goals of circular economy. In their brief, L&T was interested in how to engage the end users of the facilities to act for circular economy. The suggested solution could be for instance an add-on service that L&T could offer for their clients, or a better waste sorting station. However, the student team found out that instead of creating a solution for a single case, it is more significant to create a platform that enables L&T to include the end users in each project. The use of the platform was practiced with L&T and they were excited to include it in their planning processes.
Tuusula municipality: Rykmentinpuisto
The project by Tuusula municipality deals with Rykmentinpuisto, a housing project that is under construction. As one of the aims of Rykmentinpuisto is to produce energy locally from renewable energy sources, the initial brief was designed around the energy provider. However, as the project developed, the students and representatives of Rykmentinpuisto realized that considering the role of the energy company was not as crucial as educating the community about energy and sustainability. Surprisingly, the proposal was a kindergarten with communal and conscious values.