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Transforming industrial sites into productive and creative hubs
Two centuries ago, Europe ignited the Industrial Revolution, and economic benefits at regional and national scales became abundant. More recently, globalisation, which was foreseen to strengthen global markets, has led to substantial losses for the manufacturing capacity of European cities. Europe's forced transition to a knowledge economy has resulted in a decrease in manufacturing jobs, a lack of appreciation for these jobs, and the neglect of industrial areas. Subject to decay or exploitation by extractive economic activities, historic industrial areas are disconnected from local knowledge or value generation. Cities are currently facing huge challenges that demand new solutions.
The current model of massive consumption and extraction contributes to the acceleration of the climate crisis. Automation and Industry 4.0 present great potential but also challenges, such as the loss of jobs, the polarisation of the workforce, or the social exclusion of vulnerable populations. Coronavirus pandemic has drastically exposed the fragility of the current system and our own vulnerability in cities. We are at a moment in history in which we need to make a change. CENTRINNO experiments with alternative urban regeneration processes which will be welcomed as opportunities in this context, leaving no one behind as we transition toward a sustainable future.
CENTRINNO envisages cities creating local impact by enabling productive processes at post-industrial historic sites and hubs, that
- Use heritage as a catalyst for innovation and social inclusion
- Boost a diverse, inclusive, and innovative urban economy
- Hold true to the ecological challenges of our time