Conservation of rural architectural heritage in Cinque Terre through sound rehabilitation and re-use of rural buildings

Project information

Index: 0793R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Cultural heritage and landscape
Location ITALY NORD-OVEST Cinque Terre area Liguria Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2007-01-01
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

settlement development and architecture

Good Practice Information

The traditional rural architectural heritage is one of the most threatened within the park, due to various factors, i.e. the abandonment of agricultural activities, the transformation into weekend houses for leisure purposes and the loss of building skills. The Park Administration implemented a policy primarily aiming at the safeguard of the terraced landscape, whose fragile balance has been compromised above all by man’s abandonment, and this project is part of the framework of the activities promoted by the park administration itself. The guide, based on a detailed inventory of the rural architectural heritage of the park, proposes technical solutions for its appropriate rehabilitation and adaptation to modern needs. The Guidelines have been published at the end of 2006 and it is expected that they will become part of the regulations of the Park. A pilot project for the integrated rehabilitation of a rural settlement in the mid-hills above Riomaggiore has been developed, aiming at testing the validity and applicability of the guidelines
as well as at providing the Park with accommodation facilities for the participants to the courses and workshops of the University of Landscape and other related initiatives management by the Park administration.

Evidence of success

The guidelines have been published and presented to the local communities and professionals. The pilot project is currently under implementation and first results are expected by the end of next year (2011).

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Luisa De Marco

Direzione Regionale per i beni culturali e paesaggistici della Liguria

Annex completed on: 03-28-2011

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