Aalto WiT LAB is also a network for courses focusing on resilient communities, humanitarian architecture, sustainable development and social entrepreneurship. Ongoing courses are listed here below, all of them are part of the Creative Sustainability Master’s Programme in Aalto. Links take to current course workspaces in MyCourses.

Interplay of Cultures Studio (Aalto ARTS)

The Interplay of Cultures course has run under different names since 1993. The course aims to teach students about the environmental, economic, cultural and social impacts of development, architecture and urban planning. Collaborating with universities, NGOs and municipal and national authorities helps students gain a broader understanding of the local context, but also aims at long-term capacity building in the host country. In 2018 the course will collaborate with the City of Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Teachers: Architects Saija Hollmén, Helena Sandman, Taru Niskanen


Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) programme (Aalto ENG)

SGT runs a set of cross-disciplinary courses that look at the diverse connections between sustainability and technology in developing context. Student projects highlight environmental, social and cultural aspects of sustainable development.

Read also SGT project blogs from spring 2016:

Project Blog UniWASH

Project Blog Aalto LAB Mexico

Project Blog Refugees in Europe Today LIFT

Teachers: Prof. Olli Varis, Matleena Muhonen and mentors


How to Change the World – Innovating toward Sustainability (Aalto BIZ)

Attainable approaches for addressing wicked sustainability problems, business models for sustainability ventures and social entrepreneurship, inclusive business models at low-income emerging market and entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial tactics for sustainability.

Teachers: prof. Minna Halme, Tea Lempiälä and Outi Vanharanta

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