Challenges and opportunities of collective reuse of stables in the non-construction area

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Type and Duration

FFF-Förderprojekt, May 2019 until August 2020


Institute of Architecture and Planning

Main Research

Humaties, Cultural and Social Studies

Field of Research

Kultur und Raum


The stable is more than just a building - it creates identity, testifies to an earlier way of working and shapes the cultural landscape. Due to technical improvements and social changes, many stables are no longer used by farmers. The number of farms is declining and the remaining ones are being built in larger, new economic buildings. Since the stable is worth protecting as a cultural asset and space-defining element, it must be preserved. With the current concept of conservation, however, one often only saves the enclosure in the form of backdrops. In addition, against the background of the second home law in Switzerland, short-term thinking characterises the way we act. The alteration and conversion into private secondary homes leads to progressive urban sprawl and to the adaptation of the areas to the settlement zones. The question is, what can the stable do for a community as a cultural asset? Within the framework of the planned research project, the challenges and possibilities of collective conversions of stables in non-building areas are to be explored. To this end, the topic will be embedded in an alpine-wide context, case studies will be developed. The results of the planned research will be scientific basics, in form of illustrating the state of research, and a strategy paper as a starting point for a project outline in the overarching thematic field of the collective cultural landscape.


Transformation/ Change, Stable, Cultural landscape, Non-building area


  • Forschungsförderungsfonds der Universität Liechtenstein