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The Department of Seaweed Installation and Workshops
by Julia Lohmann and Aalto University

Valeriano Di Domenico

Designer Julia Lohmann, professor at Aalto University, has created a pavilion made entirely of seaweed for the 50th World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

At the 50th World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos, Julia Lohmann’s seaweed pavilion encouraged world leaders to make difficult decisions and establish a "do-tank" way of collaborating.

The installation underlined that design can play a major role in realising changes on a vast scale. But we need to redefine design from "we make objects" to "we enable change for sustainability."

The pavilion represents The Department of Seaweed, a community of practice Julia Lohmann founded around the sustainable development of seaweed as a material for making.


This project has been longlisted in the sustainable design category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Designer: Professor Julia Lohmann
Project: The Department of Seaweed Installation and Workshops
Read more: Aalto University

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