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- CV | Bogdan Kusevic | Cultural heritage project
Bogdan Kusevic Architect, landscaper, environmental & architectural preservator Updated on: September 19. 2023. From the author... "Dealing with architecture for me is dealing with culture because architecture is supposed to reflect the cultural code of a particular society. My work is based on understanding of people’s needs by taking into consideration the needs of an individual first and then the collective needs. For me, architecture is so similar to poetry, a manifestation of the mind in its high awareness, often subconscious one but always existential one which clears its path towards others in spaces of collective memory. When I design, I always put permanence of architectural heritage to serve as a concept upon which contemporary design finds its own way. Thinking, writing, drawing and planning is my methodology of design whereby architecture should correspond with the existing built environment and as well as with nature and society so that it could take on an identity worthy of a man of the 21st century." Bogdan Kusevic, MSc Arch Work Experience October 2018 - Now Architect and conservator architect by contract December 1. 2018 - Now Enforma d.o.o. - www.enforma.me Jadranska magistrala bb. Kotor, Montenegro Developing preliminary designs and main conservation projects of fortification and residential architecture in Montenegro, also conducting research studies of memorial architecture in Montenegro. Conducting historical, architectural and genealogical research. A member of the project team in the various architectural, conservation and research projects. September 2018 - Apprenticeship October 1. 2018 - December 1. 2018. Enforma d.o.o. - www.enforma.me Jadranska magistrala bb. Kotor, Montenegro Assistance on the preliminary design of St. Cross fortress in Perast. September 2018 - Apprenticeship - Sept. 2018. Studio Redaelli Speranza Architetti Associati Via Pietro Colletta 29, 20135 Milano, Italy Urban and interior rendering design for the regional competition of Emilia Romagna - Valorisation of Via Francigena. Won the competition. September 2016 - Internship - Sept. 2016. Expeditio - Center for Sustainable Spatial Development Skaljari bb, 85330 Kotor, Montenegro Assistance on the project: Study of protection of cultural heritage in natural reserve ”Tivatska Solila’” in Tivat, Montenegro July 2014 - August 2014 Student traineeship - July - Aug. 2014 Atelier Pulsarh d.o.o. Molerova 37, 11111 Belgrade, Serbia Assistance on the several individual housing projects Education: Octobar 2015 - 2018 Master (MSc) degree in Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design (degree class n. LM - 4 Building engineering - architecture) - July 2018. Politecnico di Milano, Scuola di Architettura, Urbanistica e Ingegneria delle Costruzioni, Via Scalabrini 76, 29121 Piacenza, Italy Graduation thesis: Score: 104/110 “The forgotten cultural landscape of Bay of Kotor. Valorisation of medieval path and ruins in Prcanj” September 1998 - June 2006 Primary school degree - June 2006. Primary school “Ivo Lola Ribar” - in Prcanj, Montenegro Graduated with award in excellence “Luca 1” September 2000 - June 2006 Music school degree - June 2006. Primary music school “ŠOSMO Kotor” in Kotor, Montenegro Graduated with excellent grades in the class for clarinet with score 5.00/5.00 September 2006 - June 2010 High school degree - June 2010. High school - Classical Lyceum ,,Gimnazija Kotor’’ in Kotor, Montenegro. Final exam passed with score 4.75/5.00 September 2010 - July 2014 Bachelor (BSc) degree in Architecture - July 2014. University of Montenegro, Faculty of Architecture, Bulevar Dzordza Vasingtona, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro September 2014 - Sept. 2015 Specialist (Spec.Sci.) degree in Architecture - Sept. 2015. University of Montenegro, Faculty of Architecture Bulevar Dzordza Vasingtona, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro Graduation project score 10.0/10.0 with title: ,,Museum of Kotor’’ City museum with parking garage Publications: January 2021 - January 2021 - “Cemetery“ tourism study Authors: Marija Novakovic, Bogdan Kusevic, Slaven Radimiri Levi Partner institutions: Municipality of Kotor, Jewish Community of Montenegro Kotor. - Jan. 2021. The publication “Cemetery“ tourism study aims to reveal the chronology of the historical development of the city cemetery in Škaljari, Kotor with special reference to the chronology of its development, and the architecture of its cemetery chapels and churches, as well as the monumental sculpture. A special section of this publication is the architectural-stylistic chronological study of the Jewish cemetery located within the City Cemetery in Škaljari. This study aims to present the unique stylistic characteristics of the Jewish cemetery, which is the only one of its kind in Montenegro, and to find a model for its future valorisation, through the prism of cultural practice and tourism. Link to this publication: https://www.significantcemeteries.org/2021/06/cemetery-tourism-study-at-city-cemetery.html "Jews in Kotor following the archive records from XV- XX Century" Authors: Marija Novakovic, Bogdan Kusevic Partner institutions: Municipality of Kotor, Jewish Community of Montenegro Kotor. - Jan. 2021. The publication "Jews in Kotor following the archive records from XV- XX Century", created within the Rediscover pilot project aimed at rediscovering the forgotten Jewish cultural heritage in the Kotor municipality, thematically completes the segment of research on the origin of Jews in Kotor from the XV-XX century, their family histories, as well as the discovery of the almost forgotten Jewish cultural heritage in the Municipality of Kotor. The project includes archival and historical research on Jews in Kotor from the XV-XX centuries, genealogical research of Jewish families from Kotor in the XIX and XX century, architectural and stylistic research of Jewish cultural heritage in the municipality of Kotor, as well as demographic research of the Jewish people who lived in Kotor and neighbouring municipalities during the XIX and XX centuries. Link to this publication: https://www.kotor.me/me/jevreji-u-kotoru---jews-in-kotor/ Exhibitions: January 2021. - September 2022 Jewish tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Kotor Temporary exhibition: The authors of the exhibition: Studio Enforma doo - Marija Novakovic and Bogdan Kusevic Partner institutions: Municipality of Kotor, Jewish Community of Montenegro Exibition displayed on: • The second book festival – "FesK" Kotor - 09. 2022. • European Days of Jewish Culture in Pljevlja - 09. 2022. • Jewish Conference "Mahar" in Budva - 10. 2021. • Naval Museum of Montenegro - Kotor - 01.2021. Workshops: July 2016. December 2015. Invisible LANDSCAPES: An architectural game. Politecnico di Milano. International one week workshop. Piacenza, Italy 1st BISHOP CITIES. Politecnico di Milano. Strategic nodes with a relevant role in the sustainable growth and liveability of the metropolitan regions. Piacenza, Italy State exams: The examination of professional competence to perform the activities of drawing up of technical documentation and construction activities. 31.05.2023 State exams: The examination of professional competence to perform the activities of drawing up of technical documentation and construction activities. 31.05.2023 Licenses: Authorized engineer’s license to perform activities of drawing up of technical documentation and construction activities. 28.06.2023. Driving licence B2 Language skills: Mother tongue (s): Montenegrin, Serbian, Croatian Foreign languages: English B2, Italian B2 Curriculum Vitae Bogdan Kusevic
- Historical urban area of Prcanj | Prcanj | Article | Bogdan Kusevic | Kotor. Montenegro
The historical area of Prcanj The historical centre of settlement of Prcanj which includes Our Lady’s Temple, the Franciscan Monastery and the Church of St. Nicholas, is the historical core of the settlement and the place where all important historical events occurred starting from 1730s when the monastery was built. The historical core of Prcanj settlement is characterized by a large concentration of houses and palaces in a small area lined up in the first row along the coastline. In some areas, the houses and palaces are placed on both sides of the street, which gives an impression of a very dense and very rich urban centre. The Church of St. Nicholas (1728-1735), situated in front of a pedestrian promenade by the sea, was the historical core of the settlement’s culture during the 18th and 19th century. The monastery of St. Nicholas was at first a home to a primary school, and after that it housed a very famous nautical school, the first pharmacy in Prcanj and a public library founded in 1861. Our Lady’s Temple, also known as the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the most beautiful and one of the largest churches in the coastal area of the southern Adriatic. Bernardino Maccaruzzi, a Venetian architect, designed the church in the late Venetian Baroque style in 1789. The construction of the church began in 1789, but it was completed after 120 years, namely in 1909. The construction of the Roman Catholic Church was funded by numerous donations of the wealthy captain families from Prcanj and finally it was completed with the aid of significant donations provided by the Austro-Hungarian government. Today, this is the most important area of the settlement of Prcanj and one of the most important areas of the whole UNESCO’s Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor. The landscape which surrounds this historical centre of Prcanj from the house Odmoriste towards the Verona Palace has been degraded in many cases due to the poorly planned commercial construction, which significantly jeopardized the outstanding universal value of the historical core of the settlement and degraded the integrity of the authentic cultural landscape. The proposal for its protection should contain an integral plan for the maintenance of the entire landscape surrounding the historical core of the settlement, from the sea to the hill that forms an integral system which includes art gardens, arable land on terraced estates, orchards, olive groves and planted forests between them. Taking into account all the areas that make up the visual background for the monumental Our Lady’s Temple and the Church of St. Nicholas, and defining the landscape of the invaluable importance, one can determine the area that would be proposed for the protection and management plan as a cultural landscape of exceptional importance. HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Kusevic, B. (2017). The historical urban area of the settlement Prcanj . ‘‘The Archive of Landscapes”. [date]. BIBLIOGRAPHY . BACKGROUND PHOTO. David Rumsey Historical Map Collection | The Collection; (1693) Disegno Topografico del Canale di Cattaro, Montenegro; Coronelli, Vincenzo (1650-1718).
- Perast | Bay Of Kotor - Cultural Heritage Project | Prčanj
2007-2017 Perast (ita. Perasto) cover photo: Perast, the town of sea captains Perast was at its peak in the 18th century under the Venetian Republic, when it had as many as four active shipyards, a fleet of around one hundred ships, and 1,643 residents. The 1,500 citizens of Perast were allowed to trade with large ships and to sell goods without tax on the Venetian market, which made them wealthy. The example of the wealth of people from Perast at the end of the 18th century is the fact that they managed to collect 50,000 Venetian gold coins (about 200 kg of gold) to pay the famous Venetian constructor Giuseppe Beati to build for them the highest campanile (55 m) on the East-Adriatic coast. There are two small islands near Perast: St George Island with the small church from the 12th century and the artificial island called Gospa od Skrpjela (in Venetian: Madonna dello Scarpello) which has a very interesting story. Namely, the locals had been throwing rocks and sinking old shipwrecks for 200 years from the reef whose top was 1 meter above the water's surface, thus creating a plateau of 3,030 square meters, on which they then built a church. Next
- Master thesis abstract | Architecture | Bogdan Kusevic | Politecnico di Milano
- Dobrota | Cultural Heritage Project 2017 | Prčanj
2007-2017 Dobrota town of sea captains cover photo: Dobrota, seen from a family pier During the time of Venetian rule, Dobrota was an autonomous town, together with Kotor, Prčanj and Perast. The prominent families of Dobrota who marked the social and economic history of their homeland were Dabčevići, Dabinovići, Ivanovići, Kamenarovići, Radimiri, Tripkovići and others. Dobrota relied on maritime trade and at the beginning of the 19th century it was one of the leading maritime centres in Boka and the east coast, counting 35 ships with a total weight of 5,172 tonnes and having 443 registered crew members. Dobrota families became very powerful and all aspects of social and cultural life moved from Kotor to Dobrota. However, Napoleon’s conquest caused crisis in maritime trade. The naval blockade occurred, the ships were wrecked by the French and the English army and the old trade links were interrupted. The Austrian authorities did not bring much improvement, and the first attempts of recovery occurred after 1850. Next
- Our Lady's Temple. Prcanj | Bay Of Kotor - Cultural Heritage Project | Prčanj
2007-2017 Our Lady's Temple cover photo: The dome of Our Lady's Temple in Prcanj Concert dedicated to Darinka Matić Marović in Our Lady's Temple in Prcanj . Academic Choir Collegium Musicum from Belgrade. August 16, 2022. - recorded by Bogdan Kusevic 00:00 / 00:00 Most notable peace of sacral architecture in Prcanj is Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was built in the Venetian late baroque style. The church is situated the the area of UNESCO Natural and culturo-historical region of Kotor. Our Lady Church in Prcanj was projected by the famous Venetian architect Bernardino Maccaruzzi in 1789. The construction of the church started the same year but finished in 1913. The construction of the church was founded by the donation of twelve influential families from Prcanj, as well as donations of Austro-Hungarian government. The church at the time of construction was the biggest one in the South Adriatic region.Thes dome of the church is slightly lower that the dome of Dubrovnik Cathedral. The monumental staircase rising 25m above the sea is the highest artistic staircase of the East Adriatic. The church hosts numerous peace of art: icons, painting, reliefs of Venetian and EX Yugoslavian articts such as Milunovic, Rosandic, Lubarda, Mestrovic etc. Next
- Bogdan Kusevic | Cultural Heritage project | Kotor Municipality | Montenegro
Welcome to the cultural heritage project 2017 The Archive of Landscapes cover photo: UNESCO Natural and Culturo - Historical region of Kotor Prcanj, Bay of Kotor, Montenegro photo by Bogdan Kusevic Photography Articles Timeline Research About the cultural heritage project THE ARCHIVE OF LANDSCAPES The Bay of Kotor in Montenegro, which has been World Heritage Site since 1979, has been facing unprecedented degradation during the last decade due to unplanned and excessive development that has been carried out without implementation of any study for protection and management of cultural landscape . And now, when you look at the images of cobbled hills of Bay of Kotor, destroyed picturesque seashore villages, masterpieces of fortification and residential architecture in danger , you might wonder how come the most beautiful things that we, as citizens of Montenegro could be proud of, are about to vanish just because of us. The cultural heritage is, after all, a civilisation code of one area and thus the cultural language of architectural heritage. This is not a photography project because I am not a professional photographer, nor it is a project for architectural restoration because I am not a restorer yet, nor even a tourist guide because I do not work in tourism sector. This is The Archive of Landscapes that will never be the same again and as harmonious as it used to be. Over the past decade, the landscape of Bay of Kotor has degraded very much and has been turned into excavations site, into trenches and landslides between concrete structures. Bay of Kotor is a bay in Montenegro where various cultures overlap due to Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian rule . Today, the devastation of the cultural landscape and the architectural heritage has worsen, which implies that the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor will most likely lose the UNESCO status of the World Cultural Heritage Site acquired in 1979. On this occasion, I would like to ask all scientific organisations in Montenegro, state bodies, dedicated experts and foreign organisations to come to Bay of Kotor and to give the utmost scientific support in maintenance, protection and regeneration of cultural landscape of UNESCO Natural and Culturo-Historical region of Kotor, so that its outstanding universal value can be preserved and left for the future generations to come. Bogdan Kusevic, MSc Arch Piacenza, May 2017. About the website THE ARCHIVE OF LANDSCAPES The cultural heritage project 2017 titled "The Archive of Landscapes" aims at raising awareness about the degradation of cultural heritage and landscape in the UNESCO Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor, providing an insight into the appearance of the landscape during the last decade. The website "The Archive of Landscapes" was developed entirely during my master studies in architecture at Politecnico di Milano from 2017 to 2018. The main purpose of creating this website was to present the permanence of the landscape of my homeland to my mentors, to gain the feedback from the community about the most important areas considered for valorisation , and to inspire the members of the local community to think creatively about how the local cultural heritage can be preserved. During my studies, the responses of the community members were included as the basis for future research about the local heritage, and the results of that work were published online in the form of a research paper in both English and Montenegrin language. Furthermore, the responses obtained were helpful and were used for determining the zones for protection and valorisation of the most valuable part of the cultural landscape in the town of Prcanj . As my wish was to make general public aware of the importance of valorisation of the cultural landscape in the Bay of Kotor , the contents of the thesis were made public while it was being written. In that way, the project of raising awareness about the significance of the cultural landscape of the Bay of Kotor titled "The Archive of Landscapes" was born. Bogdan Kusevic, MSc Arch Piacenza, July 2018. A word from the author I am an architect based in Kotor . In July 2018, I obtained the master’s degree in sustainable architecture and landscape design at Politecnico di Milano. Before that, I acquired a bachelor’s degree and a specialist’s degree in architecture at the University of Montenegro - the Faculty of Architecture, where I studied between 2010 and 2015. Many years before I enrolled in architecture school, I started to observe, document and photograph the buildings in my homeland. My passion for cultural heritage and photography continued during architecture studies, when I found an immense inspiration for landscape photography in my hometown Prcanj . Furthermore, my grandfather was an artist-photographer whose photographs allowed me to examine the tremendous change in the landscape of the Bay of Kotor for almost an entire century. The cover photo above represents the street called Ulica Lukovica - Lukovic Street situated in the town of Prcanj in Montenegro. It is one of the most beautiful Baroque coastal streets in the Southern Adriatic. However, this street, together with other settlements which belong to Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor under the UNESCO protection are now facing the unprecedented degradation because of poorly planned and excessive development . I appreciate the cultural landscape of my homeland very much as well as the native traditional building techniques and, above all, the local architectural heritage , so my photographs almost always represent the landscape with its unique architectural particularity. Harmony of the sea , the mountains and the palaces lined up along the waterfront is probably one of the most picturesque scenery in the entire region, especially in the morning. Belonging to the native population of Bay of Kotor, I feel overwhelmed by this scenery because this is the place where I have been living since I was born. I think that photography could have a big role in raising awareness of the general public about the heritage, its role in the local community and its peculiarity on the global scale. Here, in the area of Bay of Kotor , sometimes referred to as “The most secure port of the world” , the echo of the past centuries has been overwhelmingly present. Today, landscape has changed in a negative way but there is still a hope for its preservation and regeneration . Bogdan Kusevic, MSc Arch Piacenza, July 2018.
- Medieval Pathway of Prcanj | Bay Of Kotor - Cultural Heritage Project | Prčanj
2007-2017 Medieval pathway of Prcanj cover photo: Steps of medieval pathway above Prcanj Landscape sound of summer morning in Forest Lekovina, Prcanj, Montenegro - recorded by Bogdan Kusevic. August 2009. 00:00 / 00:00 The area of the medieval path represents one of the few coastal areas in the interior of the Bay of Kotor, where the cultural landscape has not been attacked yet by commercial construction and where there is continuity from the sea Glavati to the top of the mountain (Spille River Canyon). The pathway is a proof of Prcanj’s historical development, of the time when the settlement was located on the upper levels of the Vrmac hill, resting on agriculture. A special way of treating the soil, preserving fertile humus layers, was achieved by the dry-stone wall techniques on terraced levels along Vrmac slopes. Moving from the sea to the hill, ancient varieties of Mediterranean fruit, such as citrus, grapes, olives, figs, are still present. These authentic sloped terraces of autochthonous agricultural varieties are still preserved below the area of the upper medieval path connecting the Church of St. Anna with the church of St. Peter on the way to the Old Parish church toward Spilla river. There are also centuries old oaks and pine forests in the zones between the agricultural estates, which are also planted as old villagers can tell. READ MORE on heritage article ''Medieval pathway of Prcanj" Next
- UNESCO Region of Kotor | Bogdan Kusevic | Photography | Montenegro
UNESCO's town of Kotor (it. Cattaro) Bay of Kotor, Montenegro KOTOR, MONTENEGRO - PHOTO ALBUM
- Valley of St. Anna | Prcanj | Article | Bogdan Kusevic | Kotor. Montenegro
St. Anna Valley - P rcanj, Montenegro St. Anna Valley represents the last portion of the cultural landscape of the inner Kotor bay in Montenegro, which preserved its original horizontal and vertical structure, sprawling in full area from the sea to the hill. The Church of St. Anna dates back to the 14th century and the ruins of an old parish house,bare the oldest remains of any residences in Prcanj. The sloped terraces of agricultural estates, made of dry-stone walls and planted with olive trees, and the oak forests sprinkled over a channelled stream of enclosed dry-stone walls, are features of the cultural landscape of this region. The techniques of channelling the stream flows and the way of maintaining the land by the traditional character testify the past eras and give evidence of the native landscape management. The UNESCO commission has stated that this area should be placed under careful spatial management, after undergoing a study of the impact towards cultural heritage in each intervention, in order to preserve its outstanding universal value (OUV). St. Anna Valley in Prcanj, with its agricultural terraces, and St. Anna church and the ruins of Sbutega palace, should be placed at top level of protection as cultural landscape of great value for the municipality of Kotor. Unfortunately, due to the compromised urban planning and the lacking of regulation for preserving the cultural landscape in Montenegro and because of the pressure of foreign investments, it is likely that this authentic area in Prcanj might be soon devastated by building there a real estate settlement . At this occasion, as architect and resident of Prcanj, I appeal to the State bodies in charge that this particular portion of the cultural landscape should be maintained and better understood, in order to preserve its inherited and unique features. HOW TO CITE THIS ARTICLE: Kusevic, B. (2017). Valley of St. Anna - Prcanj . ‘‘The Archive of Landscapes”. [date]. BIBLIOGRAPHY . BACKGROUND PHOTO. David Rumsey Historical Map Collection | The Collection; (1693) Disegno Topografico del Canale di Cattaro, Montenegro; Coronelli, Vincenzo (1650-1718).