Culturally Responsive Built Environments

By Prof. Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti   |   IIT Roorkee
Learners enrolled: 278

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.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Students studying Architecture, Planning, Urban and rural studies and cultural studies, working with the R&D organizations and cultural industries
PREREQUISITES: B.Arch /B.Plan 2nd year (pursuing)
INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Humanitarian and Non-Government Organizations Indian Heritage Cities Network, INTACH, UNESCO

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 23 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Architecture and Planning
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

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

Books and references

  • 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

Instructor bio

Prof. Ram Sateesh Pasupuleti

IIT Roorkee
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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Roorkee.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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