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EXPEDITIO - Center for Sustainable Spatial Development

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Description
Information about institution: 

EXPEDITIO’s mission is to encourage sustainable spatial development in Montenegro and SEE region through activity in the fields of sustainable architecture, cultural heritage, urban planning and through projects that encourage overall development of the civil society.
The main types of activities conducted by EXPEDITIO include cross-disciplinary engagement regarding urban sustainability, such as: developing studies and researches, organizing events (workshops, discussions, lectures, seminars, exhibitions …), advocacy activities, campaigns, publishing, actions in
public spaces etc.

Short history: 

EXPEDITIO - Center for Sustainable Spatial Development is an NGO based in Kotor (Montenegro), founded in 1997 by six students of architecture at the University of Belgrade. Since that time, EXPEDITIO has implemented more than 100 projects and activities addressing various issues of sustainable spatial development, such as: urban and rural planning and management, cultural heritage and landscape, sustainable cities, public spaces, green architecture etc.

The most important projects: 

- ARTIZEN Initiative (2014 - ongoing)

- ACT4CITY (2014 - ongoing)

- Sustainable Cities (2014 - ongoing)

- Architectural Research of the Former French Embassy Building in Cetinje (2013 - 2014)

- PLACES OF DIVERSITY - Public spaces as a field of intercultural dialogue and the promotion of social values (2013 - 2014)

- Heritage – Driver of Development (2013 - 2015)

- ECLECTIS European Citizens’ Laboratory for Empowerment CiTIes Shared (2013 - 2014)

- Promoting the Principles of Sustainable Development in Public Spaces of Boka Kotorska (2012 - 2013)

- Revival of City Squares in Balkan Cities (2011 - 2012)

- SOSTENUTO - Economic and Social Innovations in the Field of Culture and Creation Activities (2009 - 2011)

More information at EXPEDITIO official web site: www.expeditio.org    

International cooperations: 

EXPEDITIO has been involved in various participatory planning and decision making processes and was represented in the National Council for Sustainable Development of Montenegro. EXPEDITIO is an active member of several regional and EU networks, such as: Civil Scape, Balkan Express Network,
Europa Nostra and the South East European (SEE) Heritage Network.

The most important awards: 

Awards and recognitions [selection]
• First Prize for architectural design of Montenegro national pavilion for EXPO 2015 in Milan (2011)
• Special recognition for the project “Gender and Space - Gender mainstreaming of spatial planning processes in Montenegro”, 20th
• International Salon of Urban Planning (Niš, 2011)
• Special recognition for the Study of Natural and Cultural Heritage of Kostanjica, 19th International Salon of Urban Planning (Šabac, 2010)
• Certificate for the successful completion of the project “Look Aroun – Think about Space!” funded by the European Agency for Reconstruction in Podgorica (2006)
• Wild Beauty Award, for contribution to the quality, affirmation and promotion of the tourist offer of Montenegro – A recognition for implementation of the campaign “Look Around – Think about Space!” (2006)
• Acknowledgement at the 13th Salon of Urban Planning - Award for the Architectural Workshop Godinje 2004 (Banja Luka, 2004)
• Publication acknowledgement at the 21st Salon of Architecture for the publication “Three Hundred Years of Solitude” (Belgrade, 1998)
• First Prize at the 6th Salon of Urban Planning in Niš for the best student design project – revitalization of Perast (Niš, 1997)

Plans: 

Concept: EXPEDITIO2 Sustainable Development Education Centre

For the majority of people the concept of sustainable development is still an abstract term. The reason lies partly in the fact that this concept is still considered an academic issue, rather than something connected with the daily activities of community members. The idea of EXPEDITIO2 Centre is to establish a place where locals, as well as people from SEE region will have opportunity to learn about and practice (often in a “learning-by-doing” manner) sustainable development principles permanently throughout the year.  EXPEDITIO2 Community Centre will be established as an example of energy efficient structure which promotes landscape approach. The process of construction will be participative (engaging community members and volunteers) and will involve sustainable design principles (recycling, energy efficiency etc.). The area around will be organized in a way to include various aspects of green approach (organic growing, permaculture etc.). Once the complex is built, it will be used as a place for permanent education and “learning-by-doing” practice promoting sustainable approach for the benefit of local community and people from SEE region.

Publications: 

All EXPEDITIO publications can be found at: http://issuu.com/expeditiokotor

Other: 

Urban and rural planning and management, cultural heritage and landscape, sustainable cities, public spaces, green architecture.

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