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


Smart Rural Journey

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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

7th Smart Rural Café, Ostana (14 December 2021)

Enrica Alberti, Laura Cantarella and Silvia Rovere talks about the regeneration process of Ostana from structural, social, cultural and sustainable points of view. A particular focus is put on contemporary approaches for future development such as cultural events, residence programme and sustainable mobility.

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 :

Communicating the smart village strategy of Ostana
Simone D’Antonio ( 09/2021 )
A guidance document providing information and proposed ways of improving Ostana’s (Italy) branding and promotion. It proposes a strategy for communicating the smart village strategy.
Language : Italian
Cohesion policy and resources for the implementation of the smart strategy
Simone D’Antonio ( 08/2021 )
A background paper providing guidance for Ostana’s (Italy) strategic approach to identifying the resources that could potentially contribute to the implementation of its smart strategy actions
Language : Italian
Strategic Plan
Marco Volontá - S.I.Ri.O. SRL ( 08/2021 )
A document outlining the transformation of Ostana’s (Italy) objectives, actions and indicators into a strategic intervention plan. The document usefully links the identified actions to potential funding sources. The overall objective is to keep the village alive and provide services to inhabitants through smart mobility, housing, cultural and social innovation, forest management.
Language : English
Mobility development plan
Marco Volontá - S.I.Ri.O. SRL ( 08/2021 )
The mobility development plan of Ostana (Italy) defines an executive and sustainable path for freight management services and tourists’ arrivals and departures. It lays the basis for the development of a management strategy for community mobility and a related action plan
Language : English
Carpooling intervention sheet
Marco Volontá - S.I.Ri.O. SRL ( 07/2021 )
A short document overviewing a carpooling system option in Ostana (Italy), intended to decrease the number of circulating vehicles. The sheet introduces the idea of a light transport vehicle with capacity of 7 to 9 people, coupled with a booking management platform
Language : English
Park and ride intervention sheet
Marco Volontá - S.I.Ri.O. SRL ( 07/2021 )
A short document overviewing sustainable solutions for reducing private transportation and carbon emissions in Ostana (Italy), including a dynamic system of booking and efficient shuttle services.
Language : Italian
The diverse mobility challenges and smart solution planning in Ostana
Silvia Rovere - Municipality of Ostana ( 18/10/2022 )
A presentation on Smart Rural 21 selected village Ostana’s (Italy) experience with smart rural mobility solutions. The presentation was given in the workshop “One size does not fit all: How to find adapted smart mobility solutions to your community’s needs?” at the Smart Rural 21 project’s Final Conference of 17-18 October 2022 in Sopot, Poland.
Language : English
Creative work with children
Elisabetta Percivati - Municipality of Ostana , EPI ( 18/10/2022 )
A presentation on Smart Rural 21 selected village Ostana’s (Italy) experience with youth engagement. The presentation was given in the workshop “How to keep young people busy, engaged and interested smartly?” at the Smart Rural 21 project’s Final Conference of 17-18 October 2022 in Sopot, Poland
Language : English
Preserving architectural heritage through vision and persistence
Laura Cantarella - VISO A VISO ( 18/10/2022 )
A presentation on Smart Rural 21 selected village Ostana’s (Italy) experience with preservation of architectural heritage. The presentation was given in the workshop “How to preserve natural, cultural and architectural heritage while entering a modern age (including dealing with mass tourism)?” at the Smart Rural 21 project’s Final Conference of 17-18 October 2022 in Sopot, Poland
Language : English
Ostana’s Smart Village journey
Laura Cantarella - VISO A VISO ( 17/10/2022 )
A presentation on Ostana’s smart journey, including how the village got engaged with the ‘Smart Village’ concept, and the ‘smart’ actions carried out and plans for the future. The presentation was given at the Smart Rural 21 project’s Final Conference of 17-18 October 2022 in Sopot, Poland.
Language : English
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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