NEW PUBLICATION: BOOK “ŽITORAĐA MUNICIPALITY: OLD RURAL HOUSES AND THEIR TYPOLOGY

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As a result of the work on the “Serbian Village Atlas” project and the research of traditional rural architecture and its heritage, LABAGRO and EAT published the new book regarding a specific case study “Žitorađa Municipality: Old Rural Houses and their Typology”. It is the first book from the edition “Traditional Rural Architectural Heritage”.

On the December 14th, 2015 gallery O3ONE from Belgrade will host a book promotion. You are welcome to join us on the journey through Serbian rural architecture.

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Prior to the writing, the significant field work and theoretical research had been conducted. The first part of the book discusses ruralism in Serbia and provides information regarding both wider and local contexts of the Žitorađa Municipality, located in the south-east Serbia. The second part focuses on the rural heritage – traditional houses and their specific typology. Field work showed that the houses considered as heritage belong to two periods – houses built from 1815 to 1920 and the houses built from 1921 to 1945. Based on the collected data, traditional rural houses were divided into seven types according to the housing forms and period of construction: houses built between 1815 and 1920 with added porch; houses built between 1921 and 1945 with added porch; houses built between 1815 and 1920 with added porch and reconstructed between 1921 and 1945; compact, one storey houses built between 1815 and 1920; compact, one storey houses built between 1921 and 1945; compact, two storey houses built between 1815 and 1920; compact, one storey houses built between 1815 and 1920 with stone roof. Categories such as house form, building materials and ecological aspect describe each type and are followed by a number of examples.

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As joint characteristic of all types, careful consideration of the contexts, local conditions and dwellers’ needs can be taken as the most important. Houses reflect natural, economical, social, historical and other requirements and were adapted to the specific needs of their inhabitants.

 

 

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