trAILs – Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation

Tipologia finanziamento: EU-Interreg Alpine Space Programme, Priority 3 – Liveable Alpine Space, Specific objective 1 – Sustainably valorize Alpine Space cultural and natural heritage.
Durata: 17/04/2018 – 16/04/2021
Coordinamento: Technical University of Munich, Chair of Landscape Architecture and Industrial Landscape
Gruppo di lavoro Polimi: Gabriele Pasqui, Paolo Galuzzi, Elena Solero, Piergiorgio Vitillo

Project Summary

The decline of traditional heavy and manufacturing industry is occurring nowadays even in peripheral and less urbanized regions, such as the Alps. Here, in the so-called “green hearth of Europe”, this process is leaving behind impressive former productive landscapes of relevant size and complexity: Alpine Industrial Landscapes (AILs). The potential value of AILs in terms of sustainable transformation is strongly connected to Alpine-wide ecological, economical and social key challenges, such as the regeneration/improvement of blue and green infrastructures, the reactivation/upgrade of regional economies and the promotion of local identity and cultural heritage.

The project aims to generate significant knowledge about AILs and to develop and test sustainable transformation strategies applicabile and replicable in the whole Alpine space. In a multidisciplinary, transnational approach the project combines expertise in the fields of spatial and landscape planning, socio-economic sciences and ecologic restoration while directly cooperating with local communities in four pilot sites in Austria, Italy, France and Slovenia. The project's foreseen main outputs are: (a) AILs webGIS database covering the whole Alpine region, (b) assessment tool for evaluating AILs actual conditions, (c) test-design tool for evaluating AILs transformation potential and impacts, (d) AILs knowledge exchange, information and decision support platform, (e) AILs learning-module for training activities.

The project will support local and regional stakeholders in the complex process of sustainable AILs transformation, providing them with clear strategic planning tools for the future as well as with useful hands-on experiences.

The project is structured in 4 Work Packages
WP1 (Map AILs | data collection, harmonization and transfer into web-gis);
WP2 (Assess AILs | assessment procedure_pilot-based);
WP3 (Test AILs | test-design procedure_pilot-based);
WP4 (Manage AILs | knowledge transfer and capacity building).

DAStU Research task

DAStU is Project leader of WP3 as regards test-design procedure and it is involved in WP2 with reference to spatial analysis (with Vienna and Ljubljana Universities).

Project partners

Technical University of Munich, Germany
Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
University of Verona, Italy
University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
LAMORO Development Agency, Italy
Architecture, Urbanism and Environment Council of Vaucluse, France
Business support centre Kranj, Slovenia
Registered association Styrian Iron Route, Austria
E-institute, Slovenia

Project observers

Regional Government of Lombardy, Italy; Piedmont Region, Italy; ETH Zurich, Switzerland; CIPRA International, Liechtenstein; Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention (PSAC), Austria; Auvergne Rhone-Alps Region, France; Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia; “Erz und Eisen” Regional Development Company, Austria; Mountain Municipal Community of Seriana Valley, Italy; Esri Germany GmbH; Municipality of Leoben, Austria; University of Graz, Austria; TICCIH Austria; Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur Region, France; Bavarian Ministry of the Interior, for Building and Transport, Germany; Regional Union of CAUE AURA, France.



Elena Solero