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Tour des Villes

From Alpine Town to Alpine Town on the way to good examples of dealing with conversion areas, disused buildings and other challenging city planning aspects.

In the framework of Tour des Villes representatives of the Alpine Towns draw from their wide ranging knowledge on sustainable urban development and elaborate together innovative solutions for participation in the planning and realisation process, for decision making and construction of projects for sustainable settlement development, paying special attention to conversion areas. Furthermore, the representatives of the Alpine Towns will have the opportunity to establish useful contacts.

Many towns and villages in the Alpine region facing challenges in sustainable settlement development are confronted with divergent interests. On the one hand, there is the desire to have intact, attractive and lively village centres, on the other hand the search for a new and sustainable use of wasteland and disused buildings, like former military areas, abandoned industrial zones, similar large sites and traffic infrastructure. Through a workshop led by experts, a kick-off meeting, four joint study visits, an excursion and a final event with the presentation of results, the representatives of the Alpine Towns elaborate together concrete requirements and show good practices from different stages of future oriented urban planning. 

The Alpine Towns Sonthofen, Idrija, Tolmin and Tolmezzo, the Alpine Town of the year association and CIPRA International are partners in the project. Tour des Villes is financially supported by the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development.

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Kick-off-workshop in the framework of the AlpWeek 2016 in Grassau/DE for the four project partner-Alpine Towns Idrija, Tolmin, Sonthofen and Tolmezzo.


"Shaping the future on brownfields and disused buildings"interactive session with three experts at the AlpWeek 2016 in Grassuau/DE.


First study visit, Tolmezzo/IT
The military area Caserma Cantore and 18th century Palazzo Linussio


Second study visit, Idrija/SI
The historic wooden miner's houses


Third study visit, Sonthofen/DE
Empty area of 33 hectars in the middle of the town


Fourth study visit, Tolmin/SI
The Baška Grapa valley and empty factory buildings


Excursion of the project partners
Gundeli in Basel/CH and Vauban in Freiburg/DE


Presentation of the project results in the framework of the second General Assembly 2018.


Presentation of the project and the final publication at the AlpWeek Intermezzo, Innsbruck


Impressions study visits




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Study visit to Switzerland


Study visit Tolmin


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Study visit Sonthofen

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Study visit Idrija

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Study visit Tolmezzo

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> Presentation Philippe Weber, Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development (en)

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