WORKSHOP: Valorizing Maltese Emergency Underground Flour Mills 

Challenges and Opportunities for Local Communities

The aim of the workshop is to raise awareness on the Maltese Emergency underground flour mills and to co-design strategies for their sustainable reuse and valorization.

Built in the 1950’s by the British colonial Authorities to be able to supply the community in case of a new war, the underground flour mills are part of the architectural, historical, and industrial heritage of Malta. Nevertheless, they are still unknown to the community. Their potential for sustainable development is great but requires collective and action.

Participants will be involved in a living lab: they will be asked to express their ideas on how to preserve/valorize/reuse the underground flour mills and to identify the main challenges/bottlenecks to turn this abandoned heritage into a driver of sustainable local development. Brainstorming and cross-fertilization processes, supported by the research team, will be key to reflect together on potential strategies and next actions to be taken to keep the underground mills alive.

The workshop will be the occasion to share the proposals for reuse of the underground mills developed by the students of the University of Malta and to present the good practice of culture-led bottom-up regeneration process of an underground religious heritage, the Catacombs of San Gennaro (Naples, Italy).

The workshop is developed within the COST Action 18110 “Underground Built Heritage as catalyser for Community Valorisation” in cooperation with the University of Malta, Department for the Built Environment and the Institute for Research on Innovation and Services for Development of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR IRISS).

To take part in the workshop, registration is mandatory and available here: