A Conceptual Framework for a Local Development Strategy of Louroujina Village in Cyprus
This research aims to develop attitudes on the protection and preservation of the natural and built environment in Louroujina. In this sense, the preservation and revitalization of culture in congruence with historical heritage are studied. Also, the sustenance of significant architectural inheritance which connotes the sense of place in Louroujina, the largest Turkish village in Cyprus until 1974 is primarily within the praxis of the scope. In need to goal for a sustainable approach, the project does not only seek to document historical and cultural heritage of the village but also to develop awareness and interest with the participation of local stakeholders so that a local development strategy specific to the area can be produced. Louroujina, as a Turkish Cypriot village, was the largest rural settlement of the country before the 1974 conflict. Yet, following the post-war years - the last 40 years, there has been a one to fifteen decrease in the population of the village mainly due to the ill effects of the war. Although most of the buildings were neglected and some of these were abandoned or destroyed over the years, there are still many adobe and stone buildings of historical and cultural importance. Together with the preservation of natural environment and the rehabilitation of the rich architectural heritage of the village, the local values of the area shall come to the fore whilst helping the village regain its significance by creating sustainable solutions to the existing problems. The strategy for the rehabilitation of the village should consider the restoration, maintenance and protection of the natural and built environment. In this study, the central concern is to define basic principles of strategy for preservation and restoration. The main opinions and attitudes, which constitute the basis for the development of the preservation strategy for Louroujina are moderately consistent with the articles in Venice Charter.
Louroujina, 1974 Conflict, Conservation, Preservation, Restoration, Local Development Strategy
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