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JOURNAL OF FACULTY OF CIVIL ENGINEERING 23, 2013.y., pp. 31-36


ARTISTS’ TOWN OF GMÜND IN CARINTHIA - STRENGTHENING OF THE CITY CENTRE BY INNOVATIVE URBAN DEVELOPMENT
 
DOI: 10.14415/zbornikGFS23.004
UDC: 711.558
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Author : Christian Rudiferia
 
 Summary:
 Everything began in 1991. All over Austria local communities were developing so called „regional development plans“. The municipal council has decided for the way to an Artists’ Town. The main objective was to stimulate the Old Town of Gmünd by setting up cultural tourism, increasing the quality of life and creating of a brand. From the very beginning the idea of reanimating the small medieval town through arts and culture events and programmes formed the centre piece of the concept. Over the years, it was possible to reopen 17 formerly empty houses to the public throughout the summer months. Walking through the medieval streets the visitors can feel that a whole town is living with and through art. This development also supports local trade: No other Austrian town of the size of Gmünd is able to offer such an intact, complete infrastructure. Naturally, a variety of factors was important to establish Gmünd as Artists’ Town, such as a high number of motivated and culturally active inhabitants, the diversity of the programme and the constant focus on high quality.
 
 Keywords:
 Urban development, City centre, Artists’ Town, Seminar.