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Interpreting Vernacular Architecture in Asia

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About this course
This course is about architecture. But it’s not about grand structures such as monuments or royal palaces. Rather, it is about the built environment that the ordinary people live in. Instead of the architectural techniques, we use stories to understand the processes through which people make their building decisions.

We use Asia as the backdrop for the discussion of these topics. Partly because of Asia’s rich heritage and diversity, but also due to the unique complexity that the people in the region face as they go through rapid economic, social, and cultural changes.

In this examination of the connection between vernacular buildings and peoples’ cultural identities, we will review real-world examples and talk to experts in the field. At the end of this course, you will gain a unique perspective about the everyday environment that you live in – one perhaps that you’ve never had before. You will begin to understand and appreciate the value of the ordinary built environment around you.

Whether you are an avid architect or you simply just care about the built environment you live in, this course is for you.

What you’ll learn
Throughout the course, we will examine a wide range of topics, such as:

  • what is vernacular architecture
  • how climate and the availability of building materials influence building decisions
  • vernacular architecture in rural and urban settings
  • cultural sustainability and the conservation of the vernacular built environment.

Registration

What does the future hold for vernacular architecture in Asia? In this concluding episode, we will try to look into this question and examine tradition, modernity, and cultural sustainability in the context of the Asian vernacular built environment. Register to take the course for free at http://tinyurl.com/architecturemooc and join learners from around the world on July 26, 2016. Find out more about it here!

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If you are someone who is curious or cares about the everyday environment you live in, join this online course! Be part of the journey with us in Vernacular Architecture of Asia: Tradition, Modernity and Cultural Sustainability and explore how vernacular architecture can be sustained in this urbanized world. This 5-week course will start on 26 July 2016.

Highlights of the course

  • Deepen your appreciation of the values and meanings 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-self-conscious way of building, informal settlements, and cultural sustainability
  • Help you to generate your own ideas of how to protect and conserve your local vernacular built environment

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As vernacular architecture faces various threats, how do we make sure that the needs of both the current and future generations are met? In Week 4 of Vernacular Architecture of Asia, we focus on the conservation of the built vernacular heritage. Register to take the course for free at http://tinyurl.com/architecturemooc and join learners from around the world on July 26, 2016. Find out more about it here!

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Does the city you live in have “slum” areas? Have you ever thought about how they are built and how they meet the needs of the people who live there? In Week 3 of the Vernacular Architecture of Asia: Tradition, Modernity & Cultural Sustainability, we continue our examination of the urban environment by focusing on these “informal settlements”. Register for the course for free at http://tinyurl.com/architecturemooc and join learners from around the world on July 26, 2016. Find out more about it here!

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Can urban environments also be vernacular? In Week 2 of the Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia, we will examine the broader and more complex issues in the urban built environment. Register for the course for free and join learners from around the world on July 26, 2016. Find out more about it here!

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We begin the Search for Vernacular Architecture: Tradition, Modernity & Cultural Sustainability with a look at the rural vernacular. In the first pisode, we will focus on the different aspects of the rural vernacular environment in Asia, and the ways in which these environments communicate meaning. Register for the course for free at http://tinyurl.com/architecturemooc and join learners from around the world on July 26, 2016. Find out more about it here!

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Greetings learners!

The wait is over. Vernacular Architecture of Asia: Tradition, Modernity and Cultural Sustainability is here!

The course aims to:

  • Deepen your appreciation of the values and meanings 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-self-conscious way of building, informal settlements, and cultural sustainability
  • Help you to generate your own ideas of how to protect and conserve your local vernacular built environment

If you are someone who is curious or cares about the everyday environment you live in, this course is for you. Learn more details, register, and continue the journey with us in Vernacular Architecture of Asia: Tradition, Modernity and Cultural Sustainability. I look forward to seeing you on July 26th! Find out more about the course here!

Sincerely,

David Lung,
Professor of Architecture
Lady Edith Kotewall Professor in the Built Environment
University of Hong Kong

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HKU’s second Massive Open Online Course, HKU02.1x The Search for Vernacular Architecture of Asia was launched on April 14, 2015. As of April 30, the course has attracted 6,700 students from 137 countries. This five-week course combines Professor David Lung’s lively and visually rich teaching videos with a number of interactive activities that are having a positive impact on student engagement and learning.

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Figure 1. Top 10 countries/regions of enrollment. Data as of April 30, 2015

Building a sense of community

The benefits of learners feeling a sense of community is well discussed and much valued in the education field. However, pedagogically speaking, a learning community is not often easy to build. In this course, we leverage both technology and social media to achieve this goal.

Map of the class
In Week One we asked students to introduce themselves and share with the rest of the class what motivated them to join the course. To provide the students a visual and engaging experience, we used a world map where students can add their locations and a description. In turn, others can click on the pins to learn more about their classmates.

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Figure 2: Map of the class. Nearly 450 students entered their locations and self-introduction. Collectively these entries were viewed by students in the class for more than 4,200 times. Data as of April 30, 2015.

Social media
To build a sense of community and enable connections between the course and the learners and amongst the learners themselves, we built a Facebook page and provided the students with information about local edX meetup groups around the world that they could potentially join. The Facebook page has nearly 700 ‘Likes’ from students. Beside posting course-related information and updates, the course’s Facebook page also turned out to be a good communication tool between the course team and the students as well, where a number of students posted their course-related questions that we helped answered.

Enabling peers as a powerful source for learning

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MOOC learners bring with them tremendously diverse background such as geography, education, profession, and life experiences. Well-designed MOOCs provide opportunities for students to learn from both the professors and others in the same course. This course uses several ways to enable students to learn from their peers.

Weekly discussion forums and roundup videos
Each week we provide the students with a relevant topic for them to share their experiences and perspectives with each other. Now at week 3 of the five week course, the students have added more than 700 postings in the forum responding to the discussion weekly topics.

We then produce a video each week where Professor Lung and his course team respond to the main themes and specific questions raised by the students in their discussions. Students found the weekly roundup videos to be very helpful. For example, one student said,

“Very lively, useful discussion stimulated by ‘virtual’ student responses to the course content; it is gratifying to know that the academic team is absorbing and taking seriously the input of such a large and diverse student body! Well done.”

Peer assessments
Two of this course’s assignments involve peers to evaluate each other’s work. While using peer assessments in large-scale online courses is still a somewhat controversial issue that is being discussed and explored, well-designed and meticulously implemented peer assessments can be a powerful tool for students to learn from each other. Student response regarding the first peer-assessed task in this course has shown that the peer assessment has had some positive impact on student learning. Based on the student responses to our survey after the peer assessment concluded, 97% of them said they were glad they participated in the peer assessment task. Students responding to the survey described how they found the experience to be beneficial for their learning.

“First I had an opportunity to tell my peers about my local built environment because it is interesting enough to be shared. Second, my peers shared a lot of stories about their hometown. That was great!”

“This course offered a new style of peer assessment I have not seen in other edX courses. I liked this one the most, the flow was good and made it enjoyable to take part in.”

“What I like about this course is that there are many people from different countreis sharing their knowledge which is priceless.”

“Very interesting and well executed assignment. I have started many online classes and dropped out because I didn’t feel I fit within the structure. Only one other class (MIT microbiology class) was as well-structured and wide-encompassing as this class seems to be. A very difficult goal to accomplish.”

The choice of materials and construction process all contribute to the meanings of vernacular buildings which extend beyond what can be seen by the naked eye. Week 4 of the course will focus on the relationship between building materials, structures and the associated expertise and rituals in vernacular architecture. The course is free and begins on April 14. Enroll today!

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