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Documentation of Vernacular Houses - Bir, Himachal Pradesh

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.


Wall Art - Chicago Graffiti - Talent City offers.


A person who loves the moon.


People in Chicago loves coloring and painting walls. As you walk around the streets you find great Graffiti Pictures drawn by different groups of the city Graffiti Painters. Chicago web site is worth visiting to see Beautiful Graffiti drawn across the walls in City of Chicago.

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise - Aboard Chicago.


Its picture on Cruise on Board for amazing 'Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise' on 'Chicago River' where I was able to understand how Chicago grew from Small city to World prominent Architectural City of the World. In front is Black Willis Tower (Sears Tower) built in 1973 and then South Wacker Drive Tower (Tower known by Street Name) with visible crown on Top.

I was interesting to read Rachel (Nesting Nomad) blog on 'Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise' and she has written quiet a good blog with tricks and tips on River Cruise.

Punakha Dzong - Royal Bhutan Palace

This bridge way, was the main entry to the Palace of Bhutan, known as Punakha Dzong - which means palace of happiness. Constructed using timber, stone and compacted earth. The dzong was constructed as an “embodiment of Buddhist values” and was one of the 16 dzongs built by the Zhabdrung during his rule from 1594 to 1691.