The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 1 - University of Hong Kong

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Description

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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Requirements: None.

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What you'll learn on the course

Architecture
Environment
Asia
Vernacular Architecture
Vernacular

Course programme

If you are unable to access Youtube, the introductory video is available via XuetangX.  Connect with the course team and fellow learners on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HKUxArchitecture 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 neighborhood. 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

Additional information

David P. Y. Lung With a career spanning the fields of private architectural practice, academic professor and deanship, and public service at the international level, David Lung, Professor of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong, has been an active voice in the multifaceted discipline of Architectural Conservation for more than 30 years.  He has researched, taught and published widely in the area of cultural heritage, traditional Chinese vernacular architecture and Hong Kong’s architectural heritage. 

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