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Understanding Places: Developing Participatory ways for Tourism Concerns in Built Environment Education
School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal.
2012 (English)In: Multy-disciplinary Approaches in Tourism, Environment, Geography, Ayurveda, and / [ed] Anil Singh, Bharti Publications , 2012, 61-75 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Various development approaches that have been adapted in the tourism development projects have overlooked the issues of social, political, economic, and cultural and other day to day needs that contribute for sustainable development in the long run. The recent literature on architectural education in architecture schools highlights the limitations and constraints of various tourism concerns, which often isolate the development concerns from its socio-cultural context. Tourism education is considered to be an interdisciplinary subject involving theoretical and practical concerns from various fields such as sociology, planning anthropology, urban design and urban and rural planning and other relevant industries. It is significant especially in the stream of built environment, which is an interdisciplinary subject, has implications for both the consumers and producers: social, political, economic, and cultural. In design education, particularly through the architect’s training in schools there is an absence of concern for designing for stakeholders in the tourist potential areas of the developing world.Therefore, this paper discusses about different attempts in developing participatory teaching methodologies developed for the students of architecture and planning program as a part of academic assignments. This paper argues on how effective the participatory approaches in the architectural education helps in getting a better understanding of the real concerns that are involved in the tourism development projects. Participatory teaching methodology has been adopted with different student groups working on the design process for developing alternative design proposals for the historic towns of Tamilnadu, documentation of Udayaswara village in Madhya Pradesh, India and the study of regional planning of Thimphu region, Bhutan.Srirangam, Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari have been taken as case studies in Tamilnadu for getting a better understanding about the Tourism development issues and community concerns in the Indian historic towns. Udayeswara village has been documented under the guidance of eminent Professor Adam Hardy from Welsh School of Architecture, UK, which students have learnt from an International expertise. Planning students were involved in the study of Thimphu Regional development Plan, in which tourism potential has been explored. After developing a thorough built form analysis, students have developed and further evaluated their design proposals using different participatory methods with the community groups and other stakeholders. The methods include semi-structured interviews with community groups and stakeholders, photographic and video recording, mental maps and discussions with the help of building models. The comparative and combined analysis of the various participatory methodologies highlights the ‘participative approach for design’ as a construct of design thought process that links a positivist approach with a socio-spatial understanding of tourist potential areas in the developing world. This paper concludes upon the learning outcomes of such participatory teaching methodologies that are implemented in various academic programs of School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal. The findings of this comparative study will further inform the better ways to the current design teaching practices in the architectural education, which can effectively help the future built environment professions for understanding the real development issues and community concerns of tourism sector and how these can be sufficiently and effectively addressed by using participatory approaches in the design education.

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Bharti Publications , 2012. 61-75 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39711Local ID: e900149f-da6d-4de1-a753-1912b9571bbdOAI: diva2:1013228
Factors Affecting Teaching & Research Strategy to Improve Quality in Higher : 28/02/2012 - 29/02/2012
Upprättat; 2012; Bibliografisk uppgift: Pasupuleti and Khare (2012 pp:61-75) Understanding Places: Developing Participatory ways for Tourism Concerns in Built Environment Education published in Singh (2012) Multy-disciplinary Approaches in Tourism, Environment, Geography, Ayurveda, and Yoga, Bharti Publications, New Delhi.; 20120924 (rampas)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03

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