The Alps: a production chain
The secondary sector has played a decisive role in shaping the entity and speed of social and spatial transformations in the Alpine region. Observing the Alps through the lens of production spaces and their related infrastructures allows us to better understand the relationship between human activities and the unique features of mountain territories. The Alps’ central geographical position in Europe, their geomorphological features, and the presence of several natural resources are some of the reasons why the Alps may be considered a unique technical and innovative laboratory. People have constantly called upon to innovate their techniques to control and extract natural resources more effectively so as to make these territories habitable all year round, or simply to cross them safely and ever more quickly. This paper seeks to contribute to a deeper understanding of Alpine spatial awareness and to provide insight into the hypothetical renewal of the economic and settlement systems that could reveal a new habitability of the Alpine region.