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Ostana is an Occitan village in the upper Po valley in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont. It is included in the list of the most beautiful villages of Italy, created by ANCI (the Association of Italian Municipalities Tourism). In 1921 the village declared 1187 inhabitants, today it counts 85 people, a number rising again since 2001 thanks to the Local Authority and community effort into revitalising the village. Ostana has been able to revert the population trend and start its return to a thriving community exploiting its rich cultural heritage (the Occitan language and culture, the favourable position facing the iconic Monviso mountain): initiatives linked to this heritage, attracting returning visitors and providing work opportunities include rural festivals but also the Premio Ostana, an international literary prize of protected and minority languages, a film school and festival, reliving of ancient traditions (bread cooking, hemp spinning), reopening of shops, collective care of the mountain environment, the hosting of university level courses (architecture, sustainability). In front of the town hall the Occitan flag is waving as a real sign of a linguistic tradition that is still alive. In the last years a careful planning and architectural renovation has changed Ostana into a small laboratory of new alpine architecture respectful of the traditions and environment, where modern buildings, constructed using local materials, are integrated in the traditional rural environment taking into account that the site where Ostana lies is a UNESCO candidate site.
Ostana ambition is to turn the Ambornetti hamlet, part of the Ostana municipality at 1620 m above sea level - now abandoned -, into an albergo diffuso with a prestigious restaurant, a wellness centre, co-working spaces and a small farm producing high quality local dairy products and high value produce. This structure will be 100% sustainable thanks to high tech solutions that will allow to generate thermal energy while locally treating residual solid waste and biomass arising from wood maintenance and agricultural activities and to obtain drinking water from rainwater thanks to plasma technology. Moreover, Ambornetti hamlet will be a completely autonomous, off-grid development through the installation of renewable energy solutions: photovoltaic panels and small scale wind turbine for production of electric energy, stored with innovative hydrogen based batteries, and solar thermal systems. Geothermal energy technology, hydroelectric stations and sewage sludge digesters will also be used.
Ostana is looking for a consortium of other entities involved in cultural-led regeneration as exemplar or follower depending on the level of development of the other partners.
Cultural heritage as a driver for sustainable growth (b) Heritage-led rural regeneration (IA)
NPC SC5 Matteo Di Rosa