A place to B(z)

At A place to B(z) we want to collectively redesign public spaces in Bolzano by inviting citizens to co-create interim uses for abandoned areas. We can revitalize these neighbourhoods and empower residents to address their own needs, fostering public participation. By creating a common narrative for the city and ensuring equal access for all, we can build welcoming spaces, that act as the breeding grounds for local culture.



Area Clean Up,
Urban Furniture Build,
Open Air Cinema



Workshops, Conference,
Music, Art, Games,
Clothes Swap, Foodtruck

More info on www.aplacetobz.com/baw23 and on Instagram @aplacetobz

What we would like to achieve:

  • Activating Unused Spaces
    Opening the area behind the train station in Bolzano to the public in order to provide a free, open space for residents and initiatives to participate, experiment and develop together. This could become the nurturing ground for creativity, independent culture and innovation in Bolzano, fostering opportunities for emerging talents and creating offers for young and young-at-heart.
  • Creating a Cross-Sector Coalition
    Building the platform for residents, associations and other groups to meet, exchange valuable knowledge and collaborate on making great ideas become reality. By strengthening existing local connections and giving a voice to the least powerful stakeholders we can enhance public discussions and enable residents to participate in shaping the city. We strive to foster a vibrant community, empowering each other to collectively contribute to the cultural and social fabric of Bolzano!
  • Building a Culture of Public Participation
    Revitalizing the sense of community and belonging by creating a shared narrative and point of identification for Bolzano. We aim to support residents in emancipating themselves to become active in inclusive, equitable, and sustainable urban development. By striving to dismantle bureaucratic hurdles we want to promote community-for-community action.

Who will benefit?

  • City Society
  • Residents of the Neighbourhood
  • Local Associations
  • Young People and Young-at-Heart

What Challenges we see:

  • Scattered landscape of local associations
  • Slow and intransparent bureaucratic process
  • Indecisiveness and lack of support by the municipality

What we need:

#Funding (for events, work time, materials)
#Manpower (planning and conducting of events, having talks with municipality and partners)
#Media coverage (raising more awareness, including diverse groups)
#Legal support (permissions, legal form)

materials, spaces, services, tools, knowledge, learning, support, solidarity, multipliers, publicity, …

Next Steps

  • Creating interventions and events to raise awareness and prototype future uses
  • Applying for funding
  • Negotiating for an opening of the area
  • Continuously networking with local associations

Comitted persons & Contact