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11 October 2014 - International Conference Bergamo s-Low: Agri and Green Spaces in the City

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11 October 2014
International Conference
Bergamo s-Low: Agri and Green Spaces in the City
Agri Travel and Slow Travel Expo, Fiera di Bergamo

The conference reflects on agri and green spaces, a new tourist resource in the city of Bergamo. Both represent something peculiar in Italy and not yet fully known. Green spaces do not refer only to gardens or parks. They can also have a traditional agricultural function, as exemplified by vegetable gardens, «roccoli», woods and permanent grassland within the city walls. Such patrimony - safeguarded in the course of time by an urban infrastructure unprecedented in Italy (the «Parco dei Colli») - represents today the basis for a slow touristic planning capable of reconstructing the discourse on the territoriality expressed by the areas studied and the resulting reification. The latter often produces unique landscapes, outcome of forms of stone and green architecture connected to each other.
The conference is organized under the international project Centrality of territories. The starting point of the research, launched by the University of Bergamo, is in the innovative concept of s-Low tourism. Combining the principles behind a more sustainable territorial fruition with the low cost mobility, we are working on developing territorial regeneration strategies capable of activating sinergically natural and cultural heritage not yet adequately valorised at European scale. Such tourism could well become an engine for local development, generating income and employment. Combining low cost air mobility with natural and cultural specificities and local competences, territories become poles of attraction reflecting a change in development models, more territory-and-relation based: a model resting on the involvement of the micro-business, the citizens' participation and an environmentally sustainable approach. One capable of intercepting tourists, turning Bergamo into an attraction (and a destination) and not only a stopover.
The urban agri and green spaces identified in Bergamo well fit one of the five thematic areas on which the project is working. Five pilot projects to them related are illustrated in an exhibition area hosted during the "Agri Travel and Slow Travel Expo". The network of European universities involved (Beauvais-Amiens, Cambridge, Charleroi, Girona, Lübeck, Santander) will also be presented in such area.

Exhibition area
Centrality of Territories:
the Regeneration of Bergamo, from Theory to Practice
10-12 October 2014

Agri Travel and Slow Travel Expo, Fiera di Bergamo


The exhibition area Centrality of Territories aims at presenting both a network of European universities (Beauvais-Amiens, Cambridge, Charleroi, Girona, Lübeck, Santander) and the areas in Lombardy chosen to monitor the activities carried out under the project. The research, launched by the University of Bergamo, rests on the innovative concept of s-Low tourism. Combining the principles behind a more sustainable territorial fruition with the low cost mobility, we aim at promoting forms of territorial regeneration capable of activating sinergically natural and cultural heritage not yet adequately valorised. Such tourism - based on the involvement of the micro-business, on the citizens' participation and on an environmentally sustainable approach - could well represent an instrument by which territories could intercept tourists, turning Bergamo into a tourist attraction (and destination) and not only a stopover. The territories chosen as case studies are good examples of the complementary variety of resources that the region can offer: the Orobie, an extraordinary mountain system integrating nature and culture; the Valle Camonica, declared UNESCO Heritage due to the Neolithic rock engravings; the Bergamo plain seen as a testing ground for an intermodal mobility - air/land - connecting the castles; Bergamo, with the mixture of stone and green architecture; last but not least, Treviglio with its international propensity which could allow it to become the first cittàslow located in the Bergamo territory.

Avvisi e documenti / News and documents
Conference program
Exhibition area