Conferences and workshops

Next Arcintex conference and workshop

The next ARCINTEX research network meeting is hosted by the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden, from April 18th to 20th, 2024.

We are excited to extend an invitation to you for our upcoming ARCINTEX networking meeting, which will be held from April 18th to 20th in connection with the Dialogical Bodies conference at the Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås.

Our network meeting aims to bring together professionals from Textile Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, and Architecture to foster collaboration, share insights, and build meaningful connections.

Here are some highlights of what you can expect:

April 18th: Presentations and a workshop will focus on the topic of the Body in relation to textile design, interaction design, fashion design, and architecture. It will be in a hybrid format, and attendance in person is free of charge. If you would like to attend in person, please inform me before April 15th so that I can make arrangements for refreshments. Please see the program: ArcInTex Program

April 19th and 20th: We will host the Dialogical Bodies conference, which will be an in-person event. Attendance requires paying the registration fee. Please use the link below and consider yourself an ARCINTEX Guest:

Dialogical Bodies Conference Schedule

Registration Link: ARCINTEX Guest Registration

Password: 2024-04-DialogicalBodies



Earlier conferences and workshops:


ARCINTEX Hybrid Seminar 2nd-3rd May 2023

What are Smart Textiles and Bio-Materials in the Anthropocene?
Speculating through materials and future scenarios 

Arcintex Hybrid Seminar 2nd-3rd May 2023, 
hosted by the Center for Creative Industries & Professions 
– VIA University College, Denmark. 

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Living Textile Architectures
Towards Multi-Species, Multi-Scale Interaction, 
October 12-14, 2022.

The ARCINTEX network meeting/conference were hosted by the Living Textiles Research Group, Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE), Newcastle University, UK

What does it mean to design for multi-species interactions? How can biology transform our understanding of scale in textiles and architecture? How does technology intersect with the living and the non-living in biohybrid materials and systems for construction?

Since the formation of the ArcInTex Network, the intersection of textiles, architecture and interaction design has been transformed by biology. Biodesign has emerged as an important discipline that addresses the potential to integrate living systems into design to create alternative, sustainable outcomes. The novel hybrid methodologies that are emerging bring scientists and designers together with technologists to explore strategies to cultivate and grow new materials that have the potential to radically reduce the impact of our industries. Biological systems offer a model of low energy and circular production, but how can we best create, build and collaborate with nature in the pursuit of regenerative design? How can we design with microbial communities using textiles processes to generate healthy microbiomes for the built environment? And how do we remain critically aware of the implications of the technologies that we are creating?

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Proposals for other worlds: Architectures, Materials, Interaction, April 7-8, 2022.

The ARCINTEX network meeting/conference entitled "Proposals for other worlds: Architectures, Materials, Interaction" were organized by The Pennsylvania State University – Department of Architecture, USA.

As designers, architects, engineers, and others, we have seen the disruption of global patterns of living across species with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus; we’ve witnessed global and social disruption sparked by the protests over the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis; we’ve seen the rising temperature profile and subsequent bush fires of Western Australia, in addition to the fires along the Northwest coasts of the United States due to climate change.

As researchers, we are living during a time of upheaval where, despite the uncertainty of life as it currently is lived, proposals for a re-imagined world must be formulated and acted upon. What projections and speculations have we as researchers, designers, architects, artists, engineers, etc. made that ask critical questions about places, ways of living, and materials that make up our environment? What kind of a world is, or might be, unfurled by your research? Can we, as researchers, untangle and reveal relationships about the past that also project a possibility for a new present? This ArcInTex Network meeting will be an opportunity to discuss and understand the speculations about new world making through the research we do.

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Future living environment, April 8-9, 2021.

The ARCINTEX network meeting/conference entitled "Future living environments" were hosted by the School of Future Environments, Auckland University of Technology, NZ.

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ARCINTEX zoom CONFERENCE, June 11-12, 2020

This ARCINTEX meeting was arranged by The Swedish school of textiles, University of Borås via Zoom,  June 11th to 12th, 2020.

The emergence of sustainable design thinking challenges textile research today.
Subsequently, the first effect remarked in the field of smart textiles is the shift in materiality from digital to organic matter. In this context, the purpose of the next Arcintex meeting is to bring together exemplary research in the field of smart textiles, to share experiences and further reflections by analyzing this paradigm shift.

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EnsAD, Paris, December 18-20, 2019.

This forthcoming edition will be hosted at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD) in the heart of Paris from 18th till 20th of December 2019. Organised by the Soft Matters research group, EnsADlab in collaboration with the textile & material design departement of EnsAD. The event will focus on interdisciplinary approaches to soft materialities’ design.

In the first two-days workshops, participants will have the opportunity to explore materials and processes stemming from current research or curriculum-based projects of EnsAD and involving screen-printing rubbles, working with vegetal colours as well as crafting fabrics from cut hair.

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Hosted by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) in Suzhu, China. 
April 12-18, 2019. 
ArcInTex International Network Meeting will explore and create connections between textile, architecture and interaction design. Taking place for the first time in Asia, the focus of this edition is to explore intersections and opportunities of blending traditional craft and heritage and advanced manufacturing. The city of Suzhou is the ideal place for this, due to its rich cultural history as well as recent developments in advanced manufacturing and technology.

In the workshops, participants have the opportunity to explore Chinese textile crafts such as Suzhou style silk and embroidery (Kesi) and Chinese bridal fashion, as well as, modern manufacturing developments such as circular knitting and functional textile materials. During the symposium speakers from academia, industry and design, will present recent developments within the theme, to give participants a taste of things happening in China.

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Nottingham Trent University, 
Nottingham, England, december 5-7, 2018.

Knitting the Gap: ArchitectureMeetsTextilesMeetsArchitecture.

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University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh college, April 9-13, 2018.

We have four exciting workshops to choose from, including local innovators and researchers at Edinburgh Napier University, plus a line-up of local makers and researchers talking about their work. We also welcome a guest exhibition organised by Sara Robertson from students at the RCA in London.

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Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, October 13-18, 2017.

The first three days will be workshops, fourth day will focus on “what to do with the actual findings”, and the last two are the traditional conference days.  The weekend is intended primarily and mainly for the (doctoral) students, and do involve hands-on workshops.

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Body and Space: cross-disciplinary dialogues, 
The Swedish School of Textiles, Borås 6-7 April, 2017. 

The Conference will take place at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Textile Fashion Center, Skaraborgsvägen 3, Borås. Room T 154

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Arcintex conference and workshop, November 30 - December 2, 2016

Technology-driven industrial development

Arcintex network meeting in Barcelona - November 30 to December 2, 2016

With the theme ‘From research to realisation’, the next Arcintex network meeting will take place in and around Barcelona. The meeting will focus on educational and industrial research within technological developments and new ways to work with and in textile materials. 

The three days the meeting lasts will mark a journey from research to realisation and how this creates potentials and challenges. In the meeting this journey will be underlined by having the meeting at a different venue each day.

Day 1: Valorising research – Elisava, Barcelona

Day 2: The challenges of explorative production – Eurecat, Canet de Mar

Day 3: Merging textile techniques with other disciplines – Eurecat, Màtaro

Activities will be a combination of presentations of research projects, speculation and discussion on the role of textile technological developments in society and the opportunity to work hands-on with materials 

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ARCINTEX CONFERENCE And workshop, APRIL 11-15, 2016

The The Swedish School of Textiles
Univeristy of Borås, Sweden April 11-15, 2016

After more than a decade of research in the field of Smart Textiles, the Arcintex network meeting in Borås will bring together industry and research in the old cluster of Swedish Textiles. The meeting aims to give an overview and reflect on the advancements of Smart Textiles and inspire for future synergies between basic research and industrial applications.  Companies and researchers will present their experiences in this field accumulated by developing new products or pushing the boundaries of Smart Textile thinking with exemplary research. Complementary to these presentations thematic workshops addressing different scales of design, e.g. textile, body and space will provide hands’ on experience with ongoing research but they will also address basic questions on how Smart Textiles at different scales can suggest new ways of sustainable living.

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ARCINTEX NETWORK Conference and WORKSHOP, october 12 -16, 2015

Active Textiles
Vilnius Academy of Arts,  Vilnius, Lithuanian, October 12-16, 2015. 

Vilnius conference will provide an overview of the active position of art and the meaning of it. The Conference speakers will be devoted to reflections and discussions on interdisciplinary innovations focusing on three threads: enhancement of individual autonomous creativity, commercial design practice focusing on generating new products and services, and last but not the least the social function of art – focusing on influence towards individual and community, including working with disabled people.

The conference will also feature visit to one of the major cultural events in Lithuania – Kaunas Biennale which originated from textile art and design. In Kaunas there will be additional excursions to old textile factories where modern art installations are exhibited, also trips to modern successful textile production companies.

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Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
Februari  23-27, 2015.  

‘Narratives in An Internet of Soft Things’

The event brings together the Arcintex research community in smart textiles, architecture and interaction design, with the UKRC research project An Internet of Soft Things, concerned with the development of co-design methodologies for mental wellbeing service communities.
It will focus on the use of personal narratives in therapeutic practices, and the potential offered by environments augmented with smart textiles to enable new ways of creating, sharing and accessing stories.
It will ask delegates to think about the ethical as well as technical dimensions involved in how we choose to render, interpret, save or analyse such narratives, and what this can mean for personal identity and growth.
More information about the workshops and symposiums »
Travel information and a Nottingham map »



TUE Eindhoven, the Netherlands. October 13 - 17, 2014

Shaping (un)common grounds

Topic: The ability to measure and store data, combined with changes on the functionality of smart textiles over time opens a new world of opportunities. However, it requires an eclectic blend of disciplines (e.g. textile developers, fashion designers, software and electrical engineers, interaction designers, architects, and service providers) to work closely together.

Often the most interesting new things happen at the edge of what we know. Especially when these edges cross-over to other unknown areas. But what happens when the edges of these areas start to overlap? In ArchInTex we do just that. We explore how the edges of these domains can connect in inspiring and meaningful ways. Within ArchInTex we want to shape a stronger common ground while still exploring the un-common grounds of other disciplines.

Symposium tracks:

Track 1: Research.

Where are smart textiles going? It will consist of a series of design dialogues and presentations (from Industry, PhD students and leading researchers). The debates will be articulated by means of existing examples (PhD and Industry work) in an exhibition setting. The materials for the exhibition will be partially gathered from the ArcInTex travelling exhibition.
Chairs: Stephan Wensveen & Pierre Levy

Track 2: Design Films.

Video has always been a great way to portrait interactive products. This track will host from movies and fashion films to design documentaries and advertisements that relate to Architecture, Interaction Design and Textiles. An open call will be used to gather the material to be shown. We expect a variety of submissions ranging from researchers, students, companies, artists, and institutions.
Chairs: Oscar Tomico & Danielle Wilde

Track 3: Open Labs.

Baltan Laboratories and TU/e Wearable Senses will curate a series of workshops during the week where industrial partners, PhD students, artists and other people interested in smart textiles for wearables, interior and architecture can meet each other, demonstrate their work, and share knowledge by actively working together.
Chairs: Martijn ten Bhömer & Koen Snoeckx

Track 4: Industry visits and marketplace.

This track intends to open up possible links with industry by showing their key projects, facilities, products and sub-products they are developing. It will consist of visits and presentations to key companies (possibly Audax Textile Museum, Philips Light & Health venture, Philips Design, HOLST center, … ).
Chair: Marina Toeters & Eva Deckers

Program »

Call for Design films »

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Chalmers Gothenburg, Sweden.

Theme: Scaling up!
It is time to scale up, both in the physical scale and also in finding research funding. The theme is chosen from input during previous network meetings, to make an effort to strengthen the fields of architecture and interaction design in ArcInTex, while intertwining with textiles.This meeting is organized by the departments of Interaction Design and Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, and the new network member Interactive Institute Swedish ICT. Welcome!

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ARCINTEX NETWORK CONFERENCE, october 17 – 18, 2013

Textiles Open Innovation Centre (TIO3) Ronse, Belgium

Playfulness and its transition toward economic meaningfulness.
The theme of this symposium is' Playfulness and its transition toward economic meaningfulness’. During these two days we will focus on tools for bridging training and research to industry. We’ll address questions like 'how can an idea be marketed’, ‘the creation of a spin-off as an interesting path, and other options',' what could be a possible financial framework',' how can the cooperation between business and design become a success story', 'what are the pitfalls', etc.

We hope to welcome you this Autumn at our beautiful place.
The TIO3 team

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ArcInTex Network conference, February 25 – March 1, 2013

School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Aalto ARTS) 
and Aalto Media Factory
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

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FAQ(doc) »

Registration to the ArcInTex Network meeting at Aalto University:
Confirmed speakers:
Clothing+, Akseli Reho ( Mikko Malmivaara )
Dr. Tiina Härkäsalmi, fibers and natural materials
Prof. Sofia Pantouvaki, costumes and performing arts
Marjo Mäenpää, Ministry of education
Click here to view the Aalto Gallery » 

Experimental workshop logs:

Eglé Ganda Bogdaniené, Vilniaus Academy of arts, Lithuania »

Viktorija Sokolovskaja, Vilniaus Academy of arts, Lithuania »

Jolanta Vazalinskienne,  Vilniaus Academy of arts, Lithuania » 

Linda Worbin, University of Borås, Sweden »


ArcInTex Network conference, September 24 – 25, 2012

The first ArcInTex Network meeting was held in Borås, at The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Sweden on September 24-25, 2012.

Network members from 10 countries attended the meeting, in total 45 guests. During the first day of the meeting all the participating Universities gave presentations to introduce their activities within the fields of Architecture, Interaction Design and Textiles. In a parallel session Ph D students from the participating countries introduced their research.

Discussions regarding exchange programs for students on bachelor and master level between the ArcInTex Network Universities was held by Kenneth Tingsvik and Katrin Tijburg.

Decision was taken to proceed with an application for COST and for an application for FP7 Marie Curie, ITN, deadline November 22.

Presentations was given by the Grants Office at Chalmers University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Stefan Forsaeus Nilsson. Katarina Malaga from Grants Office at SP, Sweden presented their work on EU applications.

Aalto University of Helsinki, Finland volunteered to host the next network meeting in February, 2013.