Volume XLII-2/W5
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W5, 215-219, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W5-215-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W5, 215-219, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W5-215-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  18 Aug 2017

18 Aug 2017

THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF KOSOVO “PJETËR BOGDANI” RAPID CONDITION ASSESSMENT AND DOCUMENTATION

R. Eppich1, B. Ramku1, and N. Binakaj2 R. Eppich et al.
  • 1Universidad Politécnia de Madrid, Spain
  • 2Kosovo Architectural Foundation, Prishtina, Kosovo

Keywords: Kosovo National Library, Documentation, Condition assessment, 20th century architectural conservation

Abstract. The National Library of Kosovo “Pjetër Bogdani” is a symbol of Prishtina, Kosovo and the quest for knowledge. It is simultaneously an icon of modernity and symbol of the past. Unfortunately, it suffered through the Kosovo war and neglect in times of economic difficulty. It was also unfortunately featured in the British newspaper The Telegraph in their travel section: “One of the world´s 30 ugliest buildings?” In late 2015 the Kosovo Architectural Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to spirit of creating and preserving unique architecture, became concerned with the reputation and condition of the Library and contacted the Kosovo Ministry of Culture, visited the site and initiated a project to raise awareness and document this modern masterpiece. The Getty Foundation and their Keeping it Modern grant program awarded funding for initial condition assessment, documentation, capacity building and investigations. This paper discusses the project to document and improve the image and awareness of this important structure and set priorities for its future.