The Archive of Landscapes
Cultural heritage project
PRCANJ’S CULTURAL HERITAGE
The aim of the public survey project, PRCANJ’S CULTURAL HERITAGE, held on my personal initiative from 27th November to 7th December 2017,over Google Forms platform, targeting resident population of Prcanj, was to raise public awareness about the importance of cultural heritage in the everyday life of local population, as well as to point to some very crucial problems for the community. The territory of Prcanj is part of UNESCO’s Natural and Culturo-historical Region of Kotor inscribed in the World heritage list since 1979. Nowadays, due to lack of regulations about the protection of the cultural landscape and the appalling development of the entire UNESCO’s area of Kotor, Prcanj is under a big threat of losing the integrity of its inherited cultural values. The public survey I held, as an architect and resident of Prcanj, addressed solely the local population: the respondents were 65, an amount which only covers 5.76% of Prcanj’s total population (1128 people, according to 2011 census). The people who responded to the anonymous questionnaire belong to diverse age groups; the majority ages between 25-34 years (26.2%) and are, in most cases, native residents with very different levels of formal education. Most of them (44.6%), however, have a university qualification. The focus of the survey was to recognize and express the residents’ opinion and vision about their everyday life in town, the site’s future development and its touristic destination. The residents’ thought was supposed to approve the general vision and suggestions of the UNESCO’s Commission and dedicated experts, who claim that the appalling development of the entire region is proving to have a devastating impact on the outstanding universal values of UNESCO Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor.
Paper is original social survey report of Msc thesis in architecture at Politecnico di Milano at the course of Sustainable Architecture and landscape Design