This is the ArcInTexETN blog. On this blog you will be able to follow the ArcInTexETN research, inspirations and thoughts through-out the project.

You can also read about the project on the official website:

What is the ArcInTexETN about?

There are 15 PhD students within the ArcInTexETN project. During 36 months, from September 2015, their research will connect architecture and textiles through design. They will learn, develop and test new techniques and materials in order to find new insights about our future living. They are promising researchers and are placed on six different leading design schools and two companies cross Europe.

The overall aim with the project is to connect architecture, interaction and textiles through design.

ArcInTexETN is:
A research project funded by the European Union
Connecting architecture, interaction design and textiles
For more sustainable forms of future living

The ArcInTex European Training Network (ETN) aims to strengthen the foundations of design for more sustainable forms of living by connecting architecture, interaction design and textiles in a training network for early stage researchers. By deepening the connections between textile, architecture and interaction design the network will explore new expression of living in an age of technological innovations through the design of adaptive and responsive environments connecting the scales of the body, the interior and the building.

The Consortium

The consortium consists of the following six leading design schools and two companies: Royal College of Art, Heriot-Watt University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Vilnius Academy of Arts, The Berlin University of the Arts, The Swedish School of Textiles at the University of Borås, Philips Electronics Netherlands B.V. and Svensson AB. The supervisors and PhD students involved are all top-researchers from across the world with many interesting and outgoing personalities that will be interesting to follow during the project.
Through the combination of in-depth specialisations, collaborative project work training, and private sector secondments, the early stage researchers of ArcInTexETN will form a highly trained avant-garde, ready to take on complex challenges both in academic design education and research and in design development work in the private sector with a focus on urgent issues, i.e. designing for new, sustainable ways of living.

Expected Results

Some ideas as to where/how this research might develop can be found on the projects Instagram account that is been run by the PhD students So far the researchers have been involved in workshops of growing furniture with mushrooms, growing a new layer of skin through bioplastics, weaving of sound and 3D-printed yarn.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 642328.

About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.