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Creative use of vacancies

Cross-border exchange: Representatives of several Alpine towns talking at a workshop in Idrija/SI. © Idrija

In order to revive vacant areas and buildings, four Alpine towns have joined forces in the "Tour des Villes" project. Mutual and cross-border exchange of knowledge and ideas were in the foreground during the duration of the project.

Unused military areas, houses in need of renovation, abandoned industrial zones – there are many transition areas, especially in the Alps, due to historical settlement development. In study trips the representatives of the four participating Alpine towns Idrija/SI, Sonthofen/D, Tolmezzo/I and Tolmin/SI visited each other and gained insights into the respective urban development. In workshops, they jointly worked out goals for dealing with unused historical areas and buildings. For example, the study trip to Tolmezzo/IT led to empty barracks.  "Tour des Villes helped us to reflect on our ideas for the Caserma Cantore and to think ahead," sums up Francesco Brollo, Mayor of the city. The impressions of the project and the study trips are available as a multilingual photo box with 21 cards and online as a photo book.

The four Alpine towns, the "Alpine Town of the Year" association and CIPRA were partners in the project, which started in October 2016 and ended at the "AlpWeek Intermezzo" in Innsbruck at the beginning of April 2019. Financial support was provided by the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development ARE, the "Alpine Town of the Year" association and the four partner towns.

The project "TrAILs - Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation" pursues similar goals with the revitalisation of former industrial sites. CIPRA is active there as an observer.

 

Sources and further information:

http://www.alpinetowns.org/en/projects/tour-des-villes/

Photo book: www.alpenstaedte.org/tourdesvilles (de, fr, it, sl, en)

Link TRAILS Project: https://simlab.tuwien.ac.at/trails