Hot Stuff Day exhibition: Students showcase eco-design oeuvres

Bringing together design and sustainability: On May 22nd, sustainable and eco-design products by Swiss and Kenyan classes were showcased on the Hot Stuff Day at the creative hub Zürich-NOERD. Invited and powered by myclimate’s Hot Stuff Climate Net, around 100 students and teachers discussed their amazing oeuvres on site and online with international friends. The photo-puzzle works of Berufsschule für Gestaltung students (Zürich) were awarded as “best project”. Congrats!

Products made in design classes inspired visitors

“Wow” was the most heard comment at the 1st international Hot Stuff Day. Already before the exhibition officially started, the incoming students and teachers took more than just a fascinated glimpse into the present objects – including their own ones, showcased in a professional, artsy way.

Second-life clothes, a bag made of a basketball, necklaces and bracelets made of paper and cans, lamps made of strings, video and photo projects, home-made cookies and „Züpfe“, cardboard chairs, a bookshelf made of used books: the variety of materials, purposes and realizations of the objects reflected the creativity of a young generation open to innovation and inspiration.

At 5.15 pm, myclimate’s Nathalie Stämpfli (eco design expert) and Dominik Mösching (coordinator Hot Stuff Climate Net) welcomed the visitors at the exhibition site NOERD in Zürich-Oerlikon, a creative hub hosting the offices of FREITAG and AROMA which selected students were able to visit earlier that day.

During the ongoing school year, the students had worked on eco-design and sustainability issues in art classes at their grammar, apprentice or international schools in Winterthur, Basel, Zürich, Thun or Bern; always kicked off by myclimate’s Hot Stuff Climate Net workshops.

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Global exchange shows power of creativity to tackle climate change

The diverse group engaged in inspiring discussions on why and how to be sustainable and how design and climate protection can go together – discussions not just live on site, but also with the international partners abroad.

As Keynan partner classes from Nakuru had their oeuvres presented as well, they gathered in Njoro Girls School to join the event live via Facebook chat, Skype and by phone. Organized by local myclimate expert Merculine Maoncha Rabera, several Kenyan classes regularly engage in exchanges with Swiss students.

“Being able to talk to young people all over the world about the same subject brings you together. It makes you realize that the world is much smaller than one would expect. It means that we can change things”, a Swiss student commented her experience, while other Hot Stuff friends from Dubai and India joined the debate as well.

Even issues like effects of climate change at the respective places or what is been done locally to tackle it were discussed.

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Photo-puzzles awarded best project

As closing point of the Hot Stuff Day, the “best project” the visitors voted for was awarded. The distinction (and a FREITAG bag) goes to the photo-puzzle work of the Berufsschule für Gestaltung Zürich students. They made high-quality pictures of eco subjects in the city and turned them into puzzles to raise awareness (see first pictures below).

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