1 - Context
In the Alpine region, metropolisation has given birth to changes in the urban system and the urban-rural relationships. The dichotomy between small settlements and important metropolitan growth areas (e.g. Lyon, Milan, Munich, Vienna, Triest and other large towns) can be solved through a challenging role of high-potential small and medium-sized Alpine cities and the catching areas around them.
2 - Objectives
InnoCité is a territorial ecosystem approach, which facilitates a complementary positioning of Alpine small/medium-sized towns. It proposes an empowering toolkit to decision-makers, who desire to find a complementary positioning toward large agglomerations.
According to the renewed Lisbon Agenda, the objectives consist in enhancing a sustainable development of these cities by:
3 - Methodology
A balanced territorial development policy is linked with a necessary reinterpretation of governance.
This objective is to be achieved through the implementation of participatory methods involving various stakeholders (public authorities, politics, specialists of spatial planning, economists, urban planners, local SMEs, local citizens, students, etc) in private/public partnerships, in order to share a common governance culture ensuring sustainability and transferability of the results.
InnoCité project integrates many places of experimentation :
France (Rhône-Alpes Region): Neuville-sur-Saône; (Franche-Comté Region): Lure
Germany (Bavaria): Garmisch-Partenkirchen city and county
Austria (Lower Austria): Hollabrunn and Bad Vöslau; (Salzburg): Köstendorf, Neumarkt am Wallersee, Straßwalchen;
Italy (Lombardy Region): Voghera and Darfo Boario Terme
Slovenia (Primorska Region): Koper
Transnational experimentations took place in different towns at the same time, for example on Town Centre Management or on urban planning and design participation processes.