The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 1 | HKUx on edX | Course About Video

The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, Part 1 | HKUx on edX | Course About Video


DAVID P.Y. LUNG: How observant are you
of the build environment you live in? Have you ever come across a
building that looks rather ordinary, and yet you are fascinated
by the story behind it? Have you ever wondered why
people build the way they do, or why they choose certain
materials over others? Or even why the building
faces a certain direction? In answering these
questions, we need to look at our communities and their
identities, and tradition over time. And this, in essence, is what the
study of vernacular architecture is all about. Much of the Asian
vernacular building heritage comes from the assimilation
of different cultures through immigration
and trading activities. This provides both explicit
and subtle references to the countries of the origin. Asia is a place that has
many cultural layers. It has seen rapid economic growth
over the past few decades, which doesn’t only transform people’s
lives, but also changes the everyday environment
in which they live. People in Asia are faced daily
with the dual challenges of, on one hand, modernization, and on the
other, preserving their many heritages, including, of course,
their build heritage. This course will give
you multiple perspectives on vernacular environments, with an
emphasis on the build heritage of Asia. We will discuss topics
including indigenous building materials, the effects that climates
have on the build environment, the way culture shapes
buildings, building processes that are un-self-conscious
different building methods and traditions, and
vernacular landscapes. Joining us in exploring these
fascinating topics is my good friend Professor Howard Davis from
the University of Oregon, my colleagues in the
University of Hong Kong, including doctors Lynne DiStefano and
Lee Ho Yin in conservation studies, and Adam Bobbette in
landscape architecture, and my former colleague, Professor
Lui Tai Lok in sociology. They all have a strong research interest
in vernacular architecture in Asia, and have personally visited
many of these places we are going to talk
about in this course. Throughout the course we
will have panel discussions, site visits to interesting
places in Asia. We will also share ideas with our
peers from all around the world, and we will develop
our own understanding of how we fit into
the build environment. Whether you are a seasoned
architect, or just someone who is curious about the topic
of vernacular architecture, this course will change the way you see
the everyday environment in which you live. It is going to be an exciting journey. Join us now.

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