New Ideas For Old Buildings project focuses on improving public property management to help municipalities increase the real estate occupancy by public participation.
The project gathers 7 small and medium sized towns from 6 countries from the Baltic to the Balkans (Latvia, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia & Montenegro) which are facing economic and social decline. They are motivated to find solutions for revitalising their towns and enhance the quality of life.
The project aims to increase public involvement in decision-making of public property management and sustainable urban development. Also it identifies concrete solutions to better utilize property and develops a long-term platform for public property management in medium and small European towns.
The project is lead by Municipality of Ajdovščina (Slovenia), which has already successfully tackled the issue of empty public buildings by restructuring old military premises into multifunctional centre.
Small and medium sized towns account for a quarter of the European urban population, making the project interesting to wide spectrum of towns to participate in the network and to revitalise similar cities.