Ostana

Ostana is an Occitan multi-centric settlement in the north-western Alps, in the Po valley, facing the Monviso mountain in Italy. In 1921 there were 1 200 inhabitants. At the end of the 20th century only six were left with a depopulation rate of 99,5%.

Nowadays, the inhabitants count 50 permanent ones, while in the summer and high season this number grows to 500 tourists and second-home owners in total. The rebirth of the village began in the late 80s of the 20th century when a group of former Ostana inhabitants returned from Turin with the idea of a high-quality architectural renovation based on very strict rules and the protection and promotion of alpine landscape.

Over the years, Ostana was able to attract a network of qualified supporters and build a system of competences and alliances from outside the valley. A small and tough community created the conditions for a better life, including work around architectural renovation, providing services to the inhabitants, developing cultural projects, and taking care of the deployment of renewable energy, agriculture and forest management.

Ostana is a collective project and a recognised model of alpine regeneration. In order to strengthen its vocation and avoid any real estate and touristic speculations, it now needs to face new challenges by attracting new qualified working inhabitants and easing the creation of entrepreneurships. It is therefore in the process of developing a smart village strategy.

(Photo creadit: Laura Cantarella)


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Ostana village strategy


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Ostana has sought expert support to prepare a smart mobility plan, including through e-mobility solutions, in order to overcome the mobility challenges due to its narrow streets, especially aggravated during peak tourist seasons. Additionally, the village received support for identifying possible funding sources for key actions, such as planning applications for national calls for temporary residency, as well as for improving its smart actions communication.



Videos

A Cultural Hub for Ostana

An innovative cultural centre for high-quality services and cultural productions was set up in Ostana as part of a wider strategy to develop a long-term infrastructure and renewed community spirit and to attract new visitors to the village. It is one of the highlighted ‘smart solutions’ of the Smart Rural 21 project.


Resources :

Supporting e-mobility in Ostana
Marco Volontá - S.I.Ri.O. SRL ( 27/01/2022 )
A presentation given at the 3rd Smart Rural 21 Regional Workshop on ways in which e-mobility was supported in Ostana (Italy), explaining the intervention actions and strategic elements of the support.
Language : English
The relevance of smart villages in rural communities
Silvia Rovere - Municipality of Ostana ( 27/01/2022 )
A presentation given at the 3rd Smart Rural 21 Regional Workshop on the significance of smart villages for rural communities, delivered by the Mayor of Ostana (Italy).
Language : Italian
Architecture and social innovation in Ostana
Antonio de Rossi - Politecnico di Torino ( 27/01/2022 )
A presentation given at the 3rd Smart Rural 21 Regional Workshop on architecture and social innovation in the village.
Language : Italian
Smart Approach of Ostana
Laura Cantarella , Enrica Alberti - VISO A VISO ( 27/01/2022 )
A presentation given at the 3rd Smart Rural 21 Regional Workshop on the smart approach of Ostana (Italy), its vision and holistic approach.
Language : English
How the Smart Rural 21 project supports Ostana
Simone D’Antonio ( 27/01/2022 )
A presentation given at the 3rd Smart Rural 21 Regional Workshop on ways in which the project is supporting Ostana (Italy), one of the 21 selected villages.
Language : English
Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Ostana (Italy)
Municipality of Ostana , VISO A VISO ( 12/2020 )
The Summary Highlights of the Smart Village Strategy of Ostana has been developed in the context of the ‘Preparatory Action for Smart Rural Areas in the 21st Century’ project funded by the European Commission.
Language : English

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