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By : Lana Kudumović

Today, preserving architectural heritage is imposed as an obligation, regardless of the type of heritage.

Heritage values are irreplaceable and priceless category of the remains of the human activities during the past, at the same time they are a category that seeks for a well prepared preservation program.

Regarding a cultural heritage preservation program developed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, it is obvious that much more must be done to preserve all traces of history as well as to manage and understand the heritage in a broader context.

The aim of this paper is to emphasize the importance of including different types of properties and urban areas, such as small scale towns, into heritage preservation and development programs. Settlement and heritage assets are subject to change in the future, but contemporary changes could be used as a driver for the development of a wide area and as a key resource for future development.

In order to recognize and distinguish the geographical setting of the Bosna River valley as a whole comprised of serial properties, two case studies, namely Tesanj and Vranduk towns settled along the Bosna River are described, focusing on the values as well as development challenges associated with small scale towns in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Relationship between the natural and built heritage of the selected sites acknowledged by its uniqueness, authenticity and integrity could be accomplished through a HUL (Historic Urban Landscape) approach. In this paper, all necessary steps of an integrated management plan are briefly described for the proposed serial of properties, recognizing serial of properties as the only possible sustainable category for the heritage sites along the Bosna River.

Keywords: Historical Heritage, Small Scale Town, Preservation, Hul Approach, Serial Properties.

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