HKU's Architecture Guru Takes You on a Journey of the Vernacular

by on Jul 22, 2016 in Architecture , Perspective Promotions
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One of the examples used in the course - More than one million recycled bricks and tiles from 30 demolished local villages were used in building the Ningbo Museum in China

One of the examples used in the course - More than one million recycled bricks and tiles from 30 demolished local villages were used in building the Ningbo Museum in China

HKU (The University of Hong Kong) is offering an online course where participants can look into the socio-cultural meaning of rural vernacular architecture

How do we deal with the challenges and threats to vernacular architecture and make sure that it is sustained in this modern urbanised world?

This free architecture course by The University of Hong Kong takes you on a journey of understanding to appreciate the value of our everyday built environment. It will be instructed by Professor David P. Y. Lung and Professor Howard Davis.Through the course, you can explore the deeper socio-cultural meaning of rural vernacular architecture, look at the urban vernacular and the challenges faced by people migrating from villages to live in cities; then you can look into the 'informal settlements' in Asian cities. You can also explore answers to questions that are very relevant to the current status and future development of vernacular architecture.

The goal of this five-week course is to help you establish your own viewpoints about the more complex or even contradictory issues in vernacular architecture, so that you can make informed decisions regarding the protection and conservation of your local vernacular environments.

This course will deepen your appreciation of the value and meaning of vernacular architecture in your local environments, establish your personal perspectives on the more complex issues in vernacular architecture, such as self-conscious or un-selfconscious way of building, informal settlements, and cultural sustainability, and generate your own ideas of how to protect and preserve your local vernacular built environment.

Click here now to take the course for free!

Course name: Vernacular Architecture of Asia: Tradition, Modernity and Cultural Sustainability
Start date: 26th July, 2016
Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2-3 hours per week
Price: Free ($50 for a verified certificate)
Institution: HKUx

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