Location: Bir, Himachal Pradesh
Skill: Measure Drawing
Duration: 7 days
As a part of my Summer School, I participated in documenting the Vernacular houses of Bir, Himachal Pradesh. Bir is a village located in the west Joginder Nagar Valley, in Northern India. It is known as the "Paragliding Capital of India".
Vernacular architecture’ is defined as any regional system of domestic building design and construction that is passed on through generations as local tradition and (historically) is learned through practice rather than through formal academic study.
The houses in this region exists from about 60 to 70 years. The village is mainly divided into two regions - The lower region known as "Dhanadi" and the upper region - "Badi". There is also an earthern eco institute which is located about 5 kms from the main village called 'Dharmalaya'.
The main construction materials used in the village are Stone for walls, Timber for roofing, Slate tiles used on the roofing. The walls were furthered layered with mud, and plaster on the stone for insulation of the houses.