Reinwardt Academy and the CENTRINNO Project
The CENTRINNO Project is an ongoing European Union-funded initiative between nine European Pilot Cities, running from February 2020 until February 2024. Researching and observing the transformation of former industrial sites of work and manufacturing - such as Buiksloterham in Amsterdam or the Kopli Peninsula in Tallinn - into new community hubs, CENTRINNO aims to address the social, economic and environmental issues of the modern world. Taking its cue from the Fab City Global Initiative, CENTRINNO looks to use the histories of these complex and multi-layered sites as a springboard for transitioning to a Circular Economy, focusing on Social Inclusion, Heritage, Innovation and Vocational Training, with the resultant creation of a Fab City Hub that addresses all of these themes. The nine Pilot Cities is composed of twenty-six CENTRINNO Partners, composed of makerspaces, sustainability technical specialists, architectural institutes, and more besides. The Reinwardt Academy, working closely with the Cultural Heritage Lectoraat and Imagine IC, will explore the role and impact of heritage in the wider project.
An awareness of the need to work with and through the legacies - be they material, social, political, cultural, environmental - of the industrial era is central to this pursuit of a more sustainable and inclusive future. Legacies of industry provide insights about how the past can be meaningfully present in the future. For example, the craft knowledge of former shipyard steelworkers can help train future generations of craftspeople involved in manufacturing of materials and products that circulate within and amongst the local and circular economy. Likewise, articulating the meaning and emotional value of (post-)industrial space for different generations of users can help bring stakeholders together into a dialogue, improving social cohesion and creating foundations for stronger communities.
Giving the tools for exploring the emotions associated with these different forms of heritage is central to how the Reinwardt Academy operates within the wider CENTRINNO framework. Using the Emotion Networking method co-developed between the Reinwardt Academy and Imagine IC, the project will explore how different feelings and interests related to these post-industrial spaces can be mapped in a way that demonstrates how heritage values can change in interaction. The stories that emerge, and the Emotion Networks created between them, will form the basis for the Living Archive Platform, serving as the final product of the project’s heritage research, and which will educate and inform on the role the past has in a more ethical and inclusive future.
Here you can find an example of desk research conducted by Harry Reddick in 2021 about the Amsterdam site for CENTRINNO.
Jonathan Even-Zohar is a historian with a broad view on history and heritage education. As former Executive Director of EUROCLIO he has been able to work with history educators across the world to initiate, lead and deliver high quality collaboration projects. As an independent consultant, since 2018, he works with various heritage and remembrance communities and organisations to develop societal projects and programmes. Since 2021, he has been working as a researcher and project leader for the Horizon 2020 project CENTRINNO at the Reinwardt Academy and as a project manager for the AHK Research Centre.
Harry Reddick graduated from the University of Sussex in 2017, with an undergraduate degree in English Literature and History, before graduating from the University of Amsterdam in 2021 with a Master’s degree in Heritage and Memory. Harry’s Master’s thesis title was ‘Ghosts in the Shipyard: Class, Ecology and Different Stories in the NDSM and De Ceuvel’, which informs much of his ongoing research for the Reinwardt Academy into the NDSM and other industrial sites as part of the CENTRINNO Project.
Hester Dibbits has been a lector in cultural heritage at the Reinwardt Academy since 2011. Starting in 2014, she has combined her work for the academy as endowed professor at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where Dibbits holds the chair of Historical Culture and Education, which was established by the LKCA. She previously worked as a researcher for the Ethnology Department of the Meertens Institute (KNAW) and as interim chief curator for the Netherlands Open Air Museum.