1st Forum, Kotor
Guest speaker: Mrs. Aleksandra Kapetanović
Topic: Community challenges and activities in a World Heritage Site – case of Kotor
Aleksandra Kapetanović is a conservation architect, a coordinator of Cultural Heritage Sector and one of the founders of NGO EXPEDITIO Center for Sustainable Spatial Development, Kotor, Montenegro. Through working in NGO sector since 1997, she has gained experience in implementing projects in the fields of cultural heritage, sustainable architecture and spatial planning, which aim, through multidisciplinary and participatory approach, to contribute to the overall development of civil society.
The first urban forum RIGHT TO THE CITY hosted Mrs. Aleksandra Kapetanovic, who presented the challenges of Kotor city as a World Heritage site. The urbanization of the last 20 years has severely affected the natural and urban landscape, biting the green areas of the surroundings. The community and the professionals face the violation of law which has put pressure from UNESCO to draft the Hrotage Impact Assessment. The large number of visitors causes the loss of local community identity within the historic center of the historical city, causing overcrowding, chaos in mobility, the loss of small craft shops turned into Chinese souvenirs, the noise of nightclubs. Various projects featured community engagement through theater performances, parking day, cultural night festival in protected areas etc. One of the most interesting initiative undertaken by EXPEDITIO (about 20 years old NGO which operate in Kotor and Sandra is one of the founders) was the social theater called CITY BELONGS TO US.