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In May of 2014, Headley Trust Foundation approved funding for the Expeditio project titled: Traditional materials and building techniques in Boka Kotorska. Below you can read a brief description of the project.

The use of traditional crafts, techniques and materials is one of the most important elements in the restoration and maintenance of the architectural heritage. Continuity of using traditional techniques and crafts as part of the architectural heritage is fundamental for its expression and essential for the repair and restoration of the architectural heritage.

In general, there is a lack of available information on traditional techniques, crafts and materials. The existing literature on this topic, in Southeast European countries, including Montenegro, is insufficient and scattered.

Given the lack of appropriate examples of restoration of traditional wooden windows and application of lime mortar to traditional buildings, and lack of information on our language concerning this topic, there is a need for literature on traditional techniques, crafts and materials. Expeditio has conceived this project in order to continue improving the knowledge and skills of traditional materials and the use of building techniques, focusing on the wooden windows and lime mortar.

General objective of the project:

  • Increased knowledge and awareness about the usage of traditional materials and building techniques in restoration of buildings, in accordance with contemporary challenges (energy efficiency, modern standards and requirements, ...).

Objectives of the project:

  • Raising awareness of the value and importance of traditional materials and building techniques in the restoration of buildings - wooden windows and lime mortar
  • Demonstration od adequate access through concrete activities on restoration
  • Networking and engagement of all relevant stakeholders in the process of restoration
  • Education of craftsmen, professionals, young experts 
  • Analyzing opportunities for the application of energy efficiency approaches in the restoration of traditional buildings.

Activities:

  • wooden windows: data collection and research, analysis - defining the approach, specific activities, exchange of experiences and knowledge 
  • lime mortar: data and research analysis - defining the approach, specific activities, exchange of experiences and knowledge

Target groups:

  • craftsmen, construction companies, institutions that are dealing with heritage conservation
  • experts (conservators, architects, constructors, mechanical engineers...)
  • young professionals - students of architecture, local community...

Approved funds : 38,000.00 (45,900.00 EUR)

Donor: The Headley Trust


EXPEDITIO is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to encourage sustainable spatial development in Montenegro and SEE region through activity in the fields of sustainable architecture, cultural heritage, urban planning and through projects that encourage overall development of the civil society. Expeditio was established in 1997.

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