This is a series of heritage interpretations as part of a research project which aims to recall and raise public awareness towards preservation and restoration of identity of Ferizaj, in terms of architecture and landscape heritage.
Due to Ferizaj's rapid urban growth, fast economy, and capitalist investments happening, notably in the city centre, a considerate neglect of architectural heritage is very much present. Although the city is not particularly old, it still holds many significant and iconic buildings of XIX & XX centuries that in one way or another represent the identity of Ferizaj. A large number of modernist architecture buildings have been continuously restored in improper ways, which ironically degraded the building essential and authentic features. Hence numerous building permanencies that are found in the city, are weakly restored & reused, completely changed, in damaged condition, or abandoned. It is substantial to mention the fact that because of this so called ‘ignorance’ or lack of proper heritage education, even people’s awareness towards heritage is remarkably low and misperceived, even further allowing architectural degradation of even the small bits of architectural identity.
Nevertheless, landscape heritage holds a significant value to the people of Ferizaj, especially when it comes to well-known landmarks as Lybeten Peak or Nerodime Bifurcation. If we elaborate the cultural meaning behind these natural features as sort of symbolism, they can be regarded as typical examples of landscape identity and heritage in Ferizaj, and compose a genius loci that shows a fascinating emotional connection between people and landscape.