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Trento, Italy's greenest city and its region Trentino Alto Adige are home to the country’s most important cluster in the wood industry.

Cooperation with Build-in-Wood

The city of Trento is officially one of seven Early Adopter Cities of the Build-in-Wood project.


To this point, Trento signed the letter of commitment, participated in the Welcome Webinar and provided critical information on the current housing situation, the status of timber as a building material and challenges to be addressed.

Trento's first workshop took place in autumn 2020.


Project status: 3rd workshop completed

The Challenge

Finding building/housing solutions for:


  • a compact, high-density urban area

  • increasing population growth

  • a valley-location constrained by mountainous landscape

Build-in-Wood Focus

  • Developing the local economy along the wood value chain (from material origin to re-use/deposal)

  • Strengthening the urban-rural linkage

  • Facilitating the cooperation between industry, public administration and wood producers

  • Raising awareness towards a common understanding of sustainability by all stakeholders

  • Giving a positive input to the local economy.

Key Build-in-Wood Partner

  • Habitech
    Cluster for Green Building

    Urban Planning Agency

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First Workshop in Trento

November 2020. Trento's first Early Adopter City Workshop was organised digitally. 19 stakeholders attended and discussed timber potentials.


Second Workshop in Trento

October 2022. The event took place at Palazzo Geremia, Trento with around 15 participants - local architects, engineers, and municipality officers.

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A 30-metre high wooden tower

October 2022. The 3rd workshop in Trento focused on the Build-in-Wood Digital Pilot Project, which forsees a tower made in timber.

Recent News

About Trento

The origins of the town of Trento date back to Roman times (1st century B.C.). Trento has always been an important crossroad: strategically located between the plains of Italy and the Alps.

In its history, Trento has been under the power of several invading populations and in the German sphere of influence. At the beginning of 11th century, the Episcopal Principality of Trento was established. The cities’ golden age was at the beginning of the 16th century and culminated in the middle of the century when hosting the Council that would start the Counter-Reformation.

In those years, Trento truly became a European capital.

Past and present

Only after the First World War in 1918, Trento became part of Italy. In 1947, the Constituent Assembly proclaimed the autonomous Region Trentino-South Tyrol, with its special charter.


Today, Trento is the administrative centre of the province and home to several important universities and research institutes. It also offers a variety of cultural and entertainment initiatives and can be considered a “cross-border destination for cultural tourism”: a bridge between Italy and Europe, between tradition and innovation.

Trento and wood

Located in the northeast of Italy, in the heart of the Alps, Trento is surrounded by mountains rich in forests. In fact, around 50% of the total land administrated by the municipality is covered with forests and therefore, the city has a close connection to timber as material.

The land of Trento is also home to small villages spread in the mountains. In these traditional communities where often nor Italian nor German is the first language (but ancient dialectal languages) building with wood is still the most typical form of construction.

Today, Trento is an important cluster in the wood industry as well as a growing green economy cluster, hosting innovative companies active in the bio economy and renewable energy sectors.

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