Event Title

Architectural and urban structure changes on the fortress of Ulqin

Session

Architecture and Spatial Planning

Description

The fortress of Ulqin represents a rich historical heritage and it is one of the most specific fortified antic towns in the Adriatic coast. It is a living heritage where the flow of live has never been stopped in the midst of history. In Ulqin's fortress, at the first glance, you can observe architectural structures over 2000 years old: and all different layers added to the structures during different periods of time. Often these structures are combined together and sometimes old structures or materials are used to construct new ones. So it is often difficult to precisely determine the age of the structures as a whole. However, the outward appearance of the fortress is clearly seen to have been undergone different changes, so in this paper I intend to analyse various factors that have influenced the appearance of structures of the fortress and shaped it to the form we see today. In addition to the mass destructions that have been caused by natural impacts (such as the 1968 and 1979 earthquakes), big influence on the changing of the appearance of the fortress or altering the authenticity of the old structures has affected the unsustainable management of this cultural heritage in the last 20-30 years. Through this paper, I will try to explain how this living heritage has been treated, how the urban structure in total and the housing as units developed and especially what the consequences of the changing of different administrations were. As well what potential does this living heritage still preserves to be a powerful candidate for admission in UNESCO.

Keywords:

Living Heritage, UNESCO, Management Plan, Influence, Urban Structure, Identity, Alterations

Session Chair

Carolina Jaeger-Klein

Session Co-Chair

Ajhan Bajmaku

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-54-7

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

28-10-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

28-10-2017 10:30 AM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2017.17

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Architectural and urban structure changes on the fortress of Ulqin

Durres, Albania

The fortress of Ulqin represents a rich historical heritage and it is one of the most specific fortified antic towns in the Adriatic coast. It is a living heritage where the flow of live has never been stopped in the midst of history. In Ulqin's fortress, at the first glance, you can observe architectural structures over 2000 years old: and all different layers added to the structures during different periods of time. Often these structures are combined together and sometimes old structures or materials are used to construct new ones. So it is often difficult to precisely determine the age of the structures as a whole. However, the outward appearance of the fortress is clearly seen to have been undergone different changes, so in this paper I intend to analyse various factors that have influenced the appearance of structures of the fortress and shaped it to the form we see today. In addition to the mass destructions that have been caused by natural impacts (such as the 1968 and 1979 earthquakes), big influence on the changing of the appearance of the fortress or altering the authenticity of the old structures has affected the unsustainable management of this cultural heritage in the last 20-30 years. Through this paper, I will try to explain how this living heritage has been treated, how the urban structure in total and the housing as units developed and especially what the consequences of the changing of different administrations were. As well what potential does this living heritage still preserves to be a powerful candidate for admission in UNESCO.