Learnings from Vernacular Hill Settlements

Course NameLearnings from Vernacular Hill Settlements

OCW type: PDP

Higher Education InstitutionNational Institute of Technology (NITH), Hamirpur

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Description of course

Aim: To disseminate traditional knowledge of Resilient Vernacular Construction in Hills.

Course Objectives

To edify a group of professional about community Resilience.  

To disseminate the knowledge related to sustainable planning and designing of built environment in context to hill regions.

Understanding forces that are affecting our built form with changing societies.

To edify participants with issues in site development and built form (with focus on residential buildings) in the present context.

Making participants aware of stakeholders and their expectation in order to find solutions for future development in hill regions responsive to local socio-cultural context.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will be able to understand to resilience of vernacular construction techniques.

The course can contribute in making people responsive to decisions related to site selection, land suitability analysis, socio-cultural aspects and their role in shaping the built form in context with hill regions of Himachal Pradesh.

Course Structure

Course Duration: 05 days

Course Frequency: The course is designed for professionals in the field of architecture and planning and is part of the resilient dissemination series through five distinct conceptualized PDP’s.

Course Format

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Topic to be covered



Lecture series and group discussions on hill regions

4 hours


Lecture series and group discussions on built form in relation to hill areas

4 hours


Lecture series and group discussions on response of built form(residential) to the socio-cultural aspects of hill regions 

4 hours


Lecture series and group discussions on analysis and assessment of existing built form

4 hours


Lecture series and group discussions on skill development and role of stakeholders 

4 hours


Course Content

Prerequisites for participationProfessional, academicians and participants from the reputed institutes and industry. Members of govt. bodies and NGO’s working in the field of capacity building, Disaster management and resilience. 

Course Syllabus:

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Day 1

Traditional Settlements in the Natural Landscapes of the Hills


Role of GIS in Construction Management


Day 2

Methods of Enhancing Tourism in Hill Areas


Spatial Planning in Hill Areas through GIS


Day 3

Understanding Socio-cultural Response of Built up Spaces in Himachal Pradesh


Geospatial applications for Planning and Designing in Hills


Day 4

Analysis of Land Use and Land Cover Change using GIS


Understanding the Built Form in Response to Hill Areas


Day 5

Response of Built Form in context of Indigenous communities


Vernacular Architecture and Planning Laws in Hill Regions

Course AssignmentsThere are no assignments conceived for this course. Participation and active involvement in the lectures are sought.

Expected time spent on course:

Time spent in hours: 25 hours

Time spent in ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System): 1 ECTS

Course Grading

Assessment Criteria and Distribution of Marks: There is no course grading /marking for this course.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation Procedure & Criteria:

Based upon the common evaluation proforma prepared by WP4 leader institutes.

Faculty Evaluation:

Feedback attached and submitted for the course to WP3 and WP4 leader institutes.

Student Evaluation:

There is no participant evaluation conceived for this course. Awarding the course completion certificate is based on both regular attendance and participation in the lectures.

Last modified: Friday, 21 January 2022, 3:31 PM