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Medical Aid for Kosovo
for Balkan Development
2 CLOCK TOWER PLACE #510
MAYNARD, MA 02118
TEL : 978-461-0909
June 27, 2000
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For further information, contact
Andras Riedlmayer at the Kosovo Cultural Heritage Project (617-495-3372), or Glenn
Ruga at Friends of Bosnia (978-461-0909).
OF KOSOVO'S DAMAGED ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE TO BEGIN
-- The Cambridge-based Kosovo Cultural Heritage Project (KCHP) in collaboration
with Friends of Bosnia, has received a grant from the Packard Humanities Institute
for the reconstruction of three historically significant buildings in Kosovo that
were badly damaged by Serb forces during last year's war.
The three buildings
to be restored are the Kulla of Zenel Bey in Pec/Peja (19th century), the Kulla
of the Kosovo Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments in Decani (19th
century), and the the Mosque of Kel Hasan Aga in Rogovo/Rogova (16th century.)
Kullas, stone mansions typical of traditional Albanian residential architecture
of this region, suffered tremendous damage during the recent conflict and are
an endangered architectural type. Kosovo's mosques, one third of which were destroyed
or damaged in the war, also represent an endangered heritage of indigenous European
The reconstruction of these buildings will be carried
out under the supervision of the Kosovo Institute for the Protection of Cultural
Monuments in Pristina and will also involve students and faculty of the Faculty
of Architecture of the University of Pristina and other local bodies involved
in cultural heritage in Kosovo.
These pilot projects are designed to
establish methodologies for historical preservation in the local context and also
to foster links between local institutions in Kosovo and agencies and professionals
abroad involved in architectural preservation and reconstruction. The projects
also aim to serve as catalysts for the reconstruction and development of the surrounding
neighborhoods and to revive and develop traditional building crafts and techniques.
The first phase of the project will include a workshop, organized by
Andrew Herscher of the KCHP and hosted by the Faculty of Architecture in Pristina,
2-13 October 2000. At this workshop, supported in part by a grant from the ArtsLink
Program, local and foreign experts and students of the Faculty will examine current
theories and practices of historical reconstruction in a post-war context. Buildings
selected for the pilot reconstruction project will serve as case studies and the
results of the workshop will be used in carrying out the project.
is anticipated that the reconstruction of these three buildings will be completed
in the autumn of 2001.
For photographs of these and other buildings, see
Books and Blasted Shrines: Cultural Heritage Under Fire in Kosovo