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Regional meetings "The houses of the Balkans: structures, materials, analysis of problems, solutions of restoration" held in Skopje June 24-28, 2004. They gathered public and private architects, structures responsible of heritage management and built engineers from FYROM, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania and France.

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Although each region has specific forms and architectural styles, there is a great similarity of building systems in the Balkans (wood frame houses, brick earth raw or cooked, coated ground ...), a region concerned by the risk seismic.

These edifices constitute the profound heritage of this part of Europe. It is clear that they are often demolished and unrestored in favor of new buildind with same reconstructions but really it is a lost of traditional knowleges and roots.

These practices generate also higher costs than simply restore. In order to monitor the buildings a "training-reflection" estabished in 2004. This training-reflexion concern pathologies of these buildings, repair techniques (inexpensive and suitable for flexible buildings), compatible materials, strengthening their resistance to earthquakes.


  • Develop the foundations of a shared culture about the maintenance and restoration of existing buildings
  • Identify a method of approach concerning Balkans built (analysis, diagnosis, prescriptions)
  • Search a Safety of restoration in opposetion of demolition-reconstruction
  • Introduce in all the partner countries (Bulgaria, FYROM, Montenegro, Romania) an training for public and private prescribers and businesses
  • Put the conservation and restoration of the "small heritage" (as opposed to monuments) in the heart of historic development policies


This meeting has been extended by a workshop held in Kovachevista (Bulgaria) in October 2005. Experts and technicians from the Balkans, Bulgaria and France have deepened reflection on the theme of "the study of th


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