Civil Engineering and Architecture Vol. 10(4), pp. 1512 - 1525
DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100421
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Ecotourism Value Defined through the Eco-Lodges Design – A Case Study of Kosovo

A. Basha Jakupi 1, V. Veseli 1, F. Grajçevci 2,*
1 Faculty of Architecture, University ‘Hasan Prishtina’, Prishtina, 10000, Kosovo
2 Faculty of Civil Engineering, University ‘Hasan Prishtina’, Prishtina, 10000, Kosovo


Kosovo has excellent potential for developing regular four-season nature-based tourism as a form of a more responsive and sustainable relaxation or recreation in a natural environment. However, it lacks a genuine offer of accommodation premises in almost all tourist hotspots, which affects the number of visitors compared to similar destinations in developed countries. A well-thought design approach and interventions are necessary to increase and strengthen tourism in these destinations. It is necessary to create a network of accommodation premises, respectively, the architectural design of eco-lodges prototypes for use by visitors, which in addition to the function would further enrich the landscape, and over time would become the reference and identifying elements of these areas. The research is based on identifying tourism potentials throughout Kosovo to create a viable offer of accommodation based entirely on ecotourism. The aim is to increase visitors' interest and awareness and strengthen ecotourism development. To realize this purpose of research and the theoretical study of the problem, methods and techniques of theoretical and empirical research were used. The analysis of this study revealed the potential of Kosovo's rich natural surroundings which are considered the positioning principle for ecotourism to progress. Ecotourism is about relationships between nature, the local community, and tourists, as the most critical value in planning, designing, and operating. All interventions will adapt to natural environments' preservations and sustainable development, creating higher awareness of visitors and the local community. As a result, this study aims to start the dialogue with something as trivial as the eco-lodge design, which could be seen as a tackling indication of a more significant initiative.

Ecotourism, Eco-Lodges, Prototype Architecture, Kosovo, Sustainable Architecture

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[1] A. Basha Jakupi , V. Veseli , F. Grajçevci , "Ecotourism Value Defined through the Eco-Lodges Design – A Case Study of Kosovo," Civil Engineering and Architecture, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 1512 - 1525, 2022. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100421.

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A. Basha Jakupi , V. Veseli , F. Grajçevci (2022). Ecotourism Value Defined through the Eco-Lodges Design – A Case Study of Kosovo. Civil Engineering and Architecture, 10(4), 1512 - 1525. DOI: 10.13189/cea.2022.100421.