Vernacular Architecture of Asia: Tradition, Modernity and Cultural Sustainability

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University of Hong Kong (HKU)




Free (certificate fee: USD$ 50, optional)

Available in

English, Chinese


This course explains built environments in Asia and how we can better conserve and sustain vernacular architecture in the future. It is conducted by the University of Hong Kong (HKU) through edX, an online education platform.

It addresses the challenges and threats to vernacular architecture alongside reconciling tradition with modernity and originality. Besides this, it also discusses how the field of vernacular architecture might evolve and develop in the years to come.

Some of the learning outcomes of the course are:

  • Deepening appreciation of the values and meanings of vernacular architecture in your local environments
  • Establishing 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
  • Generating new ideas to protect and preserve local vernacular built environment