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Increasing sustainability through strategic planning in the Torino urban region

The Torino urban region is located near the Italian-French border in the foothills of the Alps. The city of Torino has 901,000 inhabitants: with 38 surrounding municipalities included, the urban region has around 2,000,000 inhabitants.

Since the early 1990s, beginning with the collapse of the Fordist model, Torino has defined new visions for the future. Building upon its industrial roots and the opportunities created by the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Torino has been able to rally a very diverse range of stakeholders to develop project partnerships and to promote integrated urban policies.

Today, the metropolitan area of Torino and the region of Piedmont face tough challenges: the global economic crisis which hits Europe, and particularly Italy, hard; the dramatic cuts in public spending; the birth – not clearly defined yet – of a new administrative layer, the metropolitan city, with more than 300 municipalities, from the highest peaks of the Alps to the plain of the Po Valley.

Description of the pilot scheme

With public spending dwindling, an economic situation that remains precarious and a new legislative framework emerging, new challenges lie ahead. There is need to recover disused manufacturing plants, to upgrade obsolete infrastructure, to revitalise outer neighbourhoods and to improve the urban environment.

These elements shall become part of a metropolitan spatial strategy, which includes the entire urban region. Within the City Regions project, the consultation process for this new strategy was launched.

Based on the mapping of current urban transformations, stakeholders and decision-makers throughout the metropolitan area were activated to survey priorities and to develop joint visions and guidelines. All 38 municipalities in the peri-urban area of Torino were called upon to conceive and to agree on joint approaches through renewed participative patterns.

The process of strategic planning follows two previous exercises carried out in 2000 and 2006. These led to outstanding results and the deep transformation from a suffering postindustrial city to a vibrant city of culture with high quality of life and new economic sectors. The strategic plans also triggered the 2006 Winter Olympic Games and many other key projects on transport, science, urban transformation, etc.

The City Regions project also created opportunities to expand the scope of spatial visioning to a supra-regional and macro-regional level, i.e. towards a Milan-Turin megacity and towards the macro-region of the Alps.


Final publication

City-Regional Partnerships in Central Europe

Leaflets & newsletter

Project leaflet

Pilot leaflet

Transnational newsletter

No. 1  No. 2

This project has been implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF.