New Ideas for Old Buildings

Empty spaces characterise many cities and towns around Europe. This is especially true for small and medium-sized towns, which are facing economic and social decline. Empty spaces are often publicly-owned, making it a multiple loss for towns.

Seven small and medium-sized European towns from the Baltic to the Balkans, which are facing a common problem of economic and social decline, are motivated to find efficient and democratic solutions for revitalizing their towns and enhancing the quality of life. With the project New Ideas for Old Buildings they want to increase involvement of citizens in decision-making of public property management and sustainable urban development and identify concrete solutions to better utilize public property. With an exchange of good practices, experiences and knowledge, municipalities and partner NGOs will develop a platform for public property management in small and medium-sized European towns.

This event is the first of seven events in this project that will take place before July 2017 in Nikšić, Montenegro; Belgrade, Serbia; Pula, Croatia; Liepaja, Latvia; Oberhausen, Germany and Maribor, Slovenia.

Interesting examples of empty spaces revitalisation will be presented by Expeditio from Kotor, Kitev from Oberhausen, Ministry of Space from Belgrade, Urban Institute from Riga, Zelena Istra from Pula, IPoP from Ljubljana and representatives of municipalities Ajdovščina, Nikšić and Maribor.

Conference attendance is free, but registration is needed by 28th September 2015 until 12AM on this link.

Conference is funded by Europe for Citizens programme.


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