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Spatial Plan for Durmitor Region and Durmitor National Park

IBI Group, in association with the Centre for Architecture and Urbanism (CAU), were retained by the Government of Montenegro and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism to develop a Spatial Plan for the Mt. Durmitor Special Purpose Zone and update the Durmitor National Park planning document.

Government of Montenegro, Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism
Northern Region, Montenegro
1,200 km2 Area
2016 Completed

The Durmitor Region and National Park Spatial Plan is intended to guide physical, social and economic growth in an environmentally-sensitive area in the northern region of Montenegro. It also focuses on developing a sustainable, eco-tourism strategy for the region spanning an area of approximately 1,200 km2 and includes parts of five municipalities: Žabljak, Pljevlja, Plužine, Šavnik, and Mojkovac.

As part of the planning process, IBI Group was also responsible for updating the Durmitor National Park planning document, including the 338.95 km2 National Park, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Tara Gorge Biosphere Reserve, which is the world’s second deepest river-valley gorge after the Grand Canyon.

The Plan was developed to address the challenges and opportunities facing the region, such as depopulation and outmigration; degradation of the natural environment; natural resource exploitation; existence of informal settlements; trends towards mass tourism versus maintaining a high quality, sustainable / eco-tourism visitor experience; economic dependence and limitations in attracting investment; lack of human resources, transportation and infrastructure; and lack of a regional identity and branding.

The success of the Spatial Plan lies in the three-pronged, eco-tourism, agri-industry approach, and a Knowledge Based Economy (TAK) strategy which guides the implementation and the economic revitalization of the region. The tourism development strategy emphasizes sustainable / eco and cultural tourism, while respecting the ecologically-sensitive areas within the heritage site.

Trevor McIntyre

Global Director - Placemaking + International
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
We have passed the point where half of the world's population is living in cities. If we as planners and designers want to continue to fight urban sprawl, then we need to focus on maintaining a high quality of green infrastructure in our cities and in particular around transit. The public realm, including parks, streets, shared streets and public plazas need to be designed to maximize the human experience. How we animate those spaces, and manage them with a mix of good design and technology will dictate the quality of life in our future cities.

Trevor McIntyre is Global Director, Placemaking & International. He is responsible for International operational results, including financial performance, professional and technical excellence, staff motivation and development, and client satisfaction. He is a Landscape Architect and member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architecture and the American Society of Landscape Architecture.

Trevor has been a leading planner, landscape architect, and urban designer for more than 20 years, with projects in Canada, USA, Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. He leads the Toronto IBI Group design practice in community planning and design, master planning, and landscape architecture. He has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph.

Neno Kovacevic

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Neno Kovacevic is a leading Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who has worked on numerous initiatives in North America, Central America and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience to environmentally sensitive design, integrating sustainability into community master planning, parks, open space, urban public plazas and streetscape design. His experience reflects the diverse, evolving role of landscape architecture in facilitating economic development, community building and sustainability. His work is distinguished by a talent to identify and resolve client issues through visionary and practical design solutions, supported by solid project management skills and a proven ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative design team.
In 1994 he completed his Masters degree in landscape architecture at Edinburgh University and is fully registered to practise in Canada, the United States and Montenegro.