Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation


In the Alps, like elsewhere, the decline of the traditional heavy and manufacturing industry left behind impressive once-productive landscapes. These abandoned complexes can be revived and devoted to new purposes, with a transformation strategy geared to the natural, social and economic challenges each area faces. trAILS worked with the local communities of 4 pilot sites to give a new life to former industrial areas and devised tools for salvaging this heritage across the Alps: a webGIS map, an assessment tool, co-design procedures and learning modules.


  • 2014 – 2020
  • Liveable
  • Sustainably valorise Alpine Space cultural and natural heritage
    • Group 6: To preserve and valorise natural resources, including water and cultural resources
  • 04/2018
  • 05/2021
  • 2.187.400 EUR
  • 1.859.290 EUR


Technical University of Munich (Lead partner)
  • Lead partner
  • Germany
  • Oberbayern
  • Freising
    BSC, Business support centre L.t.d. Kranj
    • Slovenia
    • Zahodna Slovenia
    • Kranj
        University of Verona
        • Italy
        • Veneto
        • Verona
            Polytechnic University of Milan
            • Italy
            • Lombardia
            • Milano
                TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology)
                • Austria
                • Wien
                • Wien
                    LAMORO Development Agency
                    • Italy
                    • Piemonte
                    • Asti
                        University of Ljubljana
                        • Slovenia
                        • Zahodna Slovenia
                        • Ljubljana
                            Architecture, Urbanism and Environment Council of Vaucluse department
                            • France
                            • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
                            • Avignon
                                E-institute, institute for comprehensive development solutions
                                • Slovenia
                                • Vzhodna Slovenia
                                • Ptuj
                                    Registered association Styrian Iron Route
                                    • Austria
                                    • Steiermark
                                    • Eisenerz
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                                        • 46.246576514.3644724
                                        • 45.437735911.0021606
                                        • 45.47780839.2272468
                                        • 48.1985396516.369861676286614
                                        • 44.90223978.2071723
                                        • 46.0493135514.474685045652379
                                        • 43.94924934.8059012
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                                        • 47.541796214.8865854


                                        • Assessment Tool for Alpine brownfield transformation

                                          The Assessment tool provides the necessary methodological guidelines to carry on an interdisciplinary and multi-thematic assessment of Alpine brownfield sites.

                                        • trAILs WebGIS

                                          This webGIS contains survey data from the trAILs brownfield survey conducted by regional partners in the four pilot regions of the trAILs project.

                                        • Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation

                                          The project handbook presents the project aims, activities and the achieved results.
                                          The project main outputs, tools as well as the planning and policy recommendations and the learning module are also integrated.