The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 1 | 探索亚洲地区的本土建筑,第1部分 (edX)

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The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 1 | 探索亚洲地区的本土建筑,第1部分 (edX)
Join us in the Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia and learn key concepts to better understand your own local built environment.

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This 5-week introductory course is for those who would like to explore and be fascinated by vernacular architecture – the subject and study of everyday buildings, landscapes and sites which are not designed by professional architects but “ordinary” practitioners. It explores vernacular architecture as an expression of local identity, indigenous traditions, and assimilation of different cultures.




This course covers topics such as native building materials, the interaction between people, culture and the vernacular, as well as the vernacular landscape. It has a special emphasis on the built heritage of Asia, which allows students to take a closer look at examples in diverse locales, such as the leather yurts in Mongolia, timber houses in Japan, brick, mud and straw houses in India, reinforced concrete fortified towers and grey brick courtyard houses in Southern China including Macau and Hong Kong.

Designed to promote discussion and dialogue while contributing to the discourse surrounding the concept of the vernacular, this course challenges the perception of tradition and stimulates a deeper analysis of one’s local environment. Indeed, we are keen to hear about how you link your new understanding to vernacular architecture in your neighbourhood.

Those who wish to extend their experience and exploration please also join our subsequent 5-week course The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 2 in Summer 2015.


What you'll learn

- Build a personal perspective on what constitutes vernacular architecture

- Develop an appreciation of the values and meanings of vernacular architecture in your local environments

- Demonstrate an awareness of how to protect and preserve your own vernacular built environment

- 帮助您去建立您自己关于本土建筑的基本概念

- 帮助您在本土的建筑环境中,发现本土建筑的价值观及其意义

- 帮助您形成保护和保育本土建筑环境的意识



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