The Textile Center, in collaboration with the Innovation Center Iceland and the University of Iceland, is participating in the European project CENTRINNO ("New CENTRalities in INdustrial areas as engines for inNOvation and urban transformation") under the research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The project aims to revitalise once thriving industrial areas using cultural heritage as its 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 Zagreb, Tallinn University of Technology, Comune 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 hub by conducting research on the current situation and historical heritage of domestic crafts and textile work in Iceland. 

The kick-off meeting, bringing partners and collaborators together for the first time, will be held online October 28 - 29, 2020.