Sustainable Suisse

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They are everywhere: materials are indispensable innovation drivers for almost all sectors of the economy. New materials can contribute to solving urgent questions of the future, in areas such as mobility, climate and environmental protection as well as in architecture or health.


Many scientific institutes have been researching new, more compatible materials for years, with surprising results.

However, the stormy discovery of potential for improvement has recently led to disappointment. The awakened mobilisation of will and ability comes up against limits in implementation. Many of the new materials do not find their way into serial production and have therefore not yet reached the masses. New materials are simply too expensive for many companies or are simply not known. Thus industrial, environmentally damaging production remains.

The Sustainable Suisse exhibition is dedicated to the question of the extent to which prototypes for everyday products can be designed that later undergo a successful innovation process up to market launch. The exhibition therefore not only presents experimental aesthetic and functional models but also shows the possible barriers in the innovation funnel during implementation as well as paths to overcoming them.

Sustainable Suisse focuses on speculative product innovations based on novel materials. The exhibition, curated by Pascal Johanssen, was created in cooperation with the Materialarchiv, one of the largest material collections in the world, and a network project of several Swiss research institutions, supported by pro helvetia.