CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

Bio-Integrated Design: Cirrus Intensive on the coastline of Saaremaa Island

Bio-Integrated Design


Cirrus Intensive on the coastline of Saaremaa Island
16-20 August, 2022

Start your Autumn Semester with a 5-day intensive on how to incorporate the principles of ecology and living system thinking into bio-integrated and -informed design processes. 

Coinciding with the season of seaweed foraging in Estonia, the intensive is embedded within the biosphere of Saaremaa Island, where algae and algae-derived materials can be explored in the broadest sense – from open-ended design speculation to hands-on craftsmanship.

Upon completion of the intensive, you will:

– have an overview of the emerging technologies in algae biology, biomass production, cultivation, harvesting, and extraction (on the example of a local seaweed industry and farm;

– understand the impacts of their (design) decisions into the environment and the society; 

– be able to derive material-specific concepts and applications for algal biomasses.

Part of a semester-long course originally developed as a MA-level studio at the Faculty of Design at Academy of Arts, Bio-integrated Design is co-led by the designers’ collective Studio Aine (Kärt Ojavee, Annika Kaldoja, Marie Vihmar), and equals to 3 ECTS.

Applications to the intensive will be accepted on a rolling basis until 27 June 2022 (23:59 GMT+3). The number of IC participants is limited. 


No previous field knowledge is required.
To apply for the intensive, please follow the link here.

 Image: MA Faculty of Design student work from Bio-integrated Design course in Spring ´22. Photo: Mari Volens


Students are eligible to receive a travel grant of either €330 or €660 (Icelandic students only) towards the costs of travel from the location of their home university to the destination (Saaremaa Island) and back as well as a weekly allowance of €70. Grant payments might be subject to taxes.


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