A theme of global relevance: According to the United Nations, by 2050 almost 70 per cent of the global population will live in urban regions, metropolitan centres and megacities. This presents new challenges for construction, mobility concepts and healthcare services, for smart fashion and functional clothing. Technical textiles are among those things that offer potential solutions for the manifold challenges of high-density structures. Sometime visible, sometimes less so, they have a significant influence on urban life.
How exactly is shown in the more than 500m2 themed area “Urban Living – City of the Future” at Techtextil and Texprocess, the international trade shows for technical textiles and nonwovens and the processing of textile and flexible materials. Visitors can expect exhibits by, among others, the upcycling enterprise DenimX, research institutes including the Hyperloop team from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and independent representatives of the Dutch creative scene such as architectural textiles designer Samira Boon. Here, the Netherlands takes centre stage: supported by Creative Holland, an initiative of the Dutch creative industries, the special presentation area examines the role that textiles and textile composites can play in the future of cities and highlights outstanding examples of applied textile urban innovations from the Netherlands.
The key theme will be curated by the Stijlinstituut Amsterdam and structurally implemented by the Dutch architecture office Refunc, which will stage the selected innovations in a disruptive architectonic landscape. The area will be complemented by a Material Gallery showing related best practice solutions from exhibitors and a presentation zone for the Techtextil student competition “Textile Structures for New Building”.
In 2017 Techtextil and Texprocess welcomed 1,789 exhibitors from 66 countries and more than 47,500 visitors from 114 countries.
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