CENTRINNO is a research project focused on industrial historical sites under transformation. It will showcase the potential of these cultural landscapes to become new and inclusive hubs of entrepreneurship for city residents while fostering sustainability.

CENTRINNO works in pilots covering a wide geographic extension and cultural realities across 9 cities of 4 different sizes

CENTRINNO is a four-year research project focused on industrial historical sites undergoing transformation. It will showcase the potential of these historic areas to become part of a new industrial revolution that puts citizens at the core of a sustainable transformation. Leveraging the potential of underutilized historic spaces to become creative production and manufacturing hubs, Centrinno envisions sustainable and inclusive futures for the city and its residents. CENTRINNO will test and assess innovative strategies, approaches and solutions for urban regeneration processes in nine European cities. Action research at the neighborhood level, the project will adopt the principles of circular economy in new urban transformation processes of industrial historic sites into productive and creative hubs.

Key concepts

01 Circularity

A circular model aims to redefine growth and generate positive societal and environmental impact. It entails a transition from using finite resources, to using renewable ones, while building economic, natural, and social capital.

02 Heritage

The features, such as the buildings, languages, or traditions, that we choose together today, with references to the past, in order to design the future.

03 Vocational Training

Training programs in CENTRINNO connect training and innovation with local needs and traditions, and foster life-long training and a new understanding of craftsmanship.

04 Social Inclusion

The project adopts a bottom-up approach. Frameworks and methods are co-created by a network of local and global actors in an iterative, inclusive and user-centred process.

05 Fab City Hub

Emerging from the Fab City Global Initiative, the Fab City Hub represents an evolution of the Fab Lab, makerspace or Living Lab towards embodied exploration and prototyping within and beyond the four walls of a physical space.