Rural settlements offer an opportunity to understand basic aspects of human built environment and what is the interrelationship between built form and society. Appropriate data collection tools and processes are introduced to study rural/vernacular/traditional architecture including their morphology, local materials and construction techniques, details, meaning, etc.

The data collection includes historical and socio-cultural study, oral history, community-based discussions, information collection, surveys, maps, perceptual sketches, documentation through drawings, demographic study, assimilation and analysis. Solutions are offered for pertinent issues in the study area.