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A Study on the Sustainability of the Traditional Sirinić Houses in the Šar Mountain Region, the South-Western Balkans

Department for Architecture, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Priština in Kosovska Mitrovica, Kneza Miloša Street 7, 38220 Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia
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Sustainability 2019, 11(17), 4711; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174711
Received: 23 July 2019 / Revised: 23 August 2019 / Accepted: 25 August 2019 / Published: 29 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Exploration of Sustainability in Traditional Rural Buildings)
The research of traditional rural architecture in developing regions is important to both the preservation of cultural heritage and the mitigation of the trends and consequences of unsustainable rural shifts. In the Western Balkans, for example, negative transformation of the rural environment happens more rapidly than the recording of its traditional built assets. For that reason, the objectives of the present research were to explore general and specific (sustainability-related) characteristics of traditional rural houses in the so far insufficiently studied microregion of the Western Balkans of Sirinićka Župa (Sirinić), to reveal their values and to initiate discussion of the role of heritage regeneration in sustainable rural development. Study has shown that the most significant values of Sirinić houses include opulent spatial-functional typology, distinct architectural expression, and sustainability-related quality in terms of applied materials, structural systems, and multipurpose techniques and elements, as well as a high level of spatial comfort. A necessary regeneration of the traditional houses of Sirinićka Župa must be formulated in a way that enables preservation of recognized general values and further improvement of environmental quality and climate resilience. Simultaneously, functional reactivation of traditional houses should be understood as a contribution to the sustainable development of Sirinićka Župa. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sirinićka Župa; heritage; rural houses; sustainable design principles; regeneration; functional reactivation; rural sustainability Sirinićka Župa; heritage; rural houses; sustainable design principles; regeneration; functional reactivation; rural sustainability
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Kosanović, S.; Folić, B.; Kovačević, S.; Nikolić, I.; Folić, L. A Study on the Sustainability of the Traditional Sirinić Houses in the Šar Mountain Region, the South-Western Balkans. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4711. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174711

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Kosanović S, Folić B, Kovačević S, Nikolić I, Folić L. A Study on the Sustainability of the Traditional Sirinić Houses in the Šar Mountain Region, the South-Western Balkans. Sustainability. 2019; 11(17):4711. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174711

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Kosanović, Saja, Branislav Folić, Stefan Kovačević, Ivana Nikolić, and Ljubiša Folić. 2019. "A Study on the Sustainability of the Traditional Sirinić Houses in the Šar Mountain Region, the South-Western Balkans" Sustainability 11, no. 17: 4711. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174711

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