To create a connection to educational institutions GXN has projects with a number of universities.
Textiles in Architecture is the name of an interdisciplinary semester assignment which was conducted by GXN and students at North Carolina State University, the Technical University of Denmark and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in spring 2007. The project aimed to explore the potential of strong and functional textiles.
Textiles and fibres possess good lateral strength; actually some of the highest material strengths are attained in fibre-formed materials. Textiles can also be semi-transparent and thereby play an active role in light transmission.
The American textile engineer students worked with the ability of intelligent textiles to change their surface and functionality. Their work resulted in three projects: Insulation-on-Demand, Light Emitting Wall Paper and Traceable Surfaces.
The Danish students of engineering and architecture worked with dwellings. Their work resulted in three projects: Multi-Functional Furniture, the Textile Membrane and the Textile Pavilion.
In autumn 2007 the collaboration continued with focus on fibre and textile-reinforced concrete. These categories of materials possess diametrically opposite properties. The textiles and fibres have good lateral strength, while concrete works best under compression. By combining the two types of material, a composite material is created which possesses both of these properties.