Sombat Prajonsant et al
“Value awareness and motivation for vernacular architecture conservation of communities can be created through the integrated instructional process” Most of the communities in Buriram Province are agricultural communities. The communities have utilized the local wisdom in their living. From the past to the present, the local wisdom that has been accumulated throughout their living as the cultural heritage includes local wisdom in terms of food, clothing, medicines, and shelter. In terms of shelter, today, the world is moving towards the extinction of vernacular architecture wisdom. Therefore, the integrated project as integration between the instruction, academic services, and arts & cultural preservation of Faculty of Industrial Technology was conducted in order to solve the problems in destruction of buildings: to conserve and utilize the buildings. This is a way to empower the communities to maintain their local identities under globalization. This project places its emphasis on the higher education level’s learning by developing the undergraduates through instructional activities motivating the students to focus on the resources in the communities. The students should understand that placing their importance on the communities does not only mean having the good consciousness but it also means taking the problems found in the communities into account and use the problems in problem based learning throughout the course and in their own higher education research. In this study, the students had a role in learning by doing manner (active learning) so the students were developed to obtain skills facilitating systems thinking, analysis, and synthesis through the research methodology. The students participated in learning outside classroom, searching for knowledge, and presenting the knowledge body found from conducting this project by working with other students from different university years. This brought people with different talents or skills together in studio learning manner via the integrated instruction of 6 courses : Architecture and Community Conservation, Architectural Research Preparations, Construction Drawing 2, Computer for Architectural Presentation 1, Computer for Architectural Presentation 3, and Web Design for Architectural Presentation.
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