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Culturally Responsive Built Environments


The objective of this course is to introduce Cultural Discourse in Built Environment Theory, Research, Practice and Education. To build the foundation and re-orient the students to use systems thinking and through interdisciplinary methods for bringing under one umbrella together the scientific, ecological, technological, and political dimensions of the subject of culturally responsive Built Environments.

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Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students studying Architecture, Planning, Urban and rural studies and cultural studies, working with the R&D organizations and cultural industries


UG/PG: UG, PG, Phd

PREREQUISITES: B.Arch /B.Plan 2nd year (pursuing)

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Humanitarian and Non-Government Organizations Indian Heritage Cities Network, INTACH, UNESCO

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Dr. Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti is a registered architect in Sweden and India. He has attained his educational qualifications from most prestigious institutions- Doctorate from SABE University of Westminster, London, UK, M.A. in International Studies in Vernacular Architecture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford UK, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India. He has gained interesting working experiences from UK, Cyprus, Sweden and India. Such experiences across different working environments and geographies have endorsed his professional skills in trans-national education and research challenges and activities. His original quest of knowledge has contributed for designing culturally responsive environments in post disaster recovery in South Asian context. His research contributions have opened up interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research ideas involving vernacular architecture, urban design, sociology and cultural anthropology. He has been a lead person for thematic research group Adaptability in Attractive Built Environments at LTU Sweden. He was also (as deputy coordinator) coordinating Masters Course in Climate Sensitive urban planning and building at LTU. He has been a coordinator and also as organizing committee member for various National and international level symposiums, competitions, workshops and other intercultural activities.


Week 1  : Defining Theory and Concepts: Place and Space; Introduction to Vernacular Architecture: What is a Dwelling?
Week 2  : Dimensions of culturally responsive built environment; Winter Urbanism.
Week 3  : Power in Built Form
Week 4  :  Culture Disasters and Risk
Week 5  :  Conservation: Principles and practices
Week 6  :  Vernacular resources, materials and technology
Week 7  :  Planning for culture; Cultural economies; Safeguarding intangible heritage
Week 8  :  Social change in India; Culturally responsive built environment: Architectural education; Summarizing culturally responsive built environment


Bourdier, J. and AlSayyad, N. (eds.) (1989). Dwellings, Settlement and Tradition. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America
Castells, M. (1997). The Power of Identity. Oxford: Blackwells
King, A. (ed.) (1997) Culture, Globalization and the World-System: Contemporary Conditions for the Representation of Identity. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota  
King, A. (2004). Spaces of Global Cultures: Architecture Urbanism Identity. London: Routledge
Kulbhushan Jain (1992) Mud Architecture of the Indian Desert, AADI Centre Ahmedabad, India  
Lang, J, Desai, M. (ed.) (1997) Architecture and Independence: the search for identity – India 1880 to 1980, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Oliver, Paul (1987). Dwellings : the house across the world. Phaidon, Oxford.
Oliver, P. (2003). Dwellings: The Vernacular House World Wide. London: Phaidon Press.  
Oliver (2006) Built to meet needs: Cultural issues in vernacular Architecture, Oxford:Architectural press
  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 07 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
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  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.


  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of Best 6 out of 8 assignments.
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.