Valorization of the Vernacular Heritage in Montenegro

ZalaziHeadley Trust in March 2012 approved a grant to Expeditio titled "Valorization of the Vernacular Heritage in Montenegro – a pilot area of Zalazi". The project aims to improve the protection and valorization of the rural heritage in Montenegro. The project will last a year.

Charter of the Built Vernacular Heritage, of the International Council on Monuments and Sites - ICOMOS, is one of the few international documents that treats vernacular / rural heritage. This charter defines the principles for the protection of our vernacular built heritage. 

Built vernacular heritage is important; it is the basic expression of the culture of a community, its relationship with its own territory and, at the same time, expression of the cultural diversity of the world.

Vernacular architecture is traditional and natural way in which communities provide housing. It is an ongoing process that includes the necessary changes and continuously adapt in response to the social and natural constraints. The survival of this tradition is threatened by worldwide forces of economic, cultural and architectural homogenization. Dealing with these forces is a fundamental problem that must be dealt by the community and government, planners, architects, conservators and multidisciplinary group of experts.

Within the project "Valuation of the Vernacular Heritage of Montenegro",  The Charter of the Built Vernacular Heritage has been translated from English to Montenegrin and now is available on the website.

You can download The Charter here.

Zalazi_txt_DAN_600In the period September 27th til 29th 2013, in the villages of Mali and Veliki Zalazi NGO EXPEDITIO organized an architectural workshop within the project "Evaluation of Rural Heritage in Montenegro - pilot area Zalazi". Within this workshop on September 29th, it was carried out and action "Exit to Zalazi" which was organized in cooperation by Mountaineering Club Squirrel from Kotor, project Zalaz ( and EXPEDITIO.


NGO EXPEDITIO organizes architectural workshop within the Project "Evaluation of Rural Heritage in Montenegro - pilot area Zalazi", during the period of September 27th till 29th,2013, in the villages of Mali i Veliki Zalazi.

Within this workshop is planned action "Izlaz za zalaze" on September 29th, organized by the cooperation of: Mountaineering Club Vjeverica (Squirrel) from Kotor, project Zalaz ( and EXPEDITIO.

00-predavanje1_resizeEXPEDITIO Centre for Sustainable Spatial Development organized a lecture on permaculture on 22 June 2012 at 7 p. m. The lecture was held at  the House of Free Thought  at Kavač, Boka Kotorska.

The lecture on permaculture was organized as an introductory activity of a two-day course in permaculture. The course gathering about 20 participants from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia was held on 23 and 24 June 2012 also at the House of Free Thought. While the course offered the participants with the opportunity to learn how to apply the basic principles of permaculture, the introductory lecture presented basic information on permaculture, its main principles, as well as concrete experiences in permaculture from Slovenia. 


Cultural center Nikola Đurković, the Town Library and the Reading Room Kotor are organizing on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, starting at 18:30h in the Small hall of the Cultural Center promotion of the new mountaineering – tourist publication, by Željko Starčević, published by the Mountaineering Club Subra from Herceg Novi.

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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