CENTRINNO

Since September 2020, the Textile Center, in collaboration with the University of Iceland and Innovation Center Iceland, is part of CENTRINNO ("New CENTRalities in INdustrial areas as engines for inNOvation and urban transformation"), a European project under the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The three-year project aims to revitalise once thriving industrial areas, using cultural heritage as the inspiration. 

Partnering institutions and foundations include WAAG and Metabolic Institute in Amsterdam, Volumes and Sony CLS in Paris, IAAC in Barcelona, ​​the Danish Design Center in Copenhagen, FabLab ZagrebTallinn University of TechnologyComune di Milano and WeMake Milan.

For Iceland, one of the main aims is to strengthen and further develop the Textile Center in Blönduós into a dynamic textile hub, where designers, artists, makers and scholars have access to modern facilities and equipment suited to their needs. 

The University of Iceland will contribute to the theoretical foundation of the knowledge hub and explore the current situation and the historical heritage of domestic crafts and textile work, such as the gendered dimensions of decrease in manufacturing and decay of industrial heritage.