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An animated history of Housing Through the Centuries

Yurts are lightweight and easy to set up and take down, good for when you're moving hungry animal herds to more plentiful locations. Stilt homes are built to withstand flooding and to keep pests out. Skyscrapers, made...

How to Build an Igloo (1949) – National Film Board of Canada

Drawing from a lifetime of snow experience, two Inuit men in Canada’s Far North find a site full of hard-packed snow for their igloo, or iglu in Inuit. To insulate and protect against wind and cold, a quick, overnight...

Bicycle Powered Tree House Elevator

Why climb 30 feet up when you can bike? Check out Ethan Schlussler’s Bicycle Powered Tree House Elevator:  “I got tired of climbing a ladder six and a half million times a day, so I made a bicycle powered el...

Ants: Nature’s Secret Power – Excavating a giant ant hill

From the documentary, Ants: Nature’s Secret Power: A colossal ant hill (um… yes, my dear kiddos, let’s assume that they have all moved out already, shall we?) is pumped full of concrete, ...

How nomads put together a ger (or yurt)

The nomadic people of Mongolia don’t stay in one place for long. That’s why they live in gers (which American’s know by the Russian name, yurt), a home that is fast and eas...

How to build an igloo: A clip from A Boy Among Polar Bears

In this clip from the BBC documentary A Boy Among Polar Bears, we get to watch how the Inuit people build the snow shelter known as an igloo, or iglu in the Inuit language. ("Snow house" is igluvijaq.) These temporary...

Casa ecológica de botellas (The Ecological Bottle House)

Built from thousands of plastic bottles, La casa ecológica de botellas was designed and constructed by Alfredo Santa Cruz and his family in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. Lit with outside light, s...

James May’s Toy Stories: How to build a huge LEGO house

Above, a clip from Episode 5 of James May’s Toy Stories, and it's a great one (if not a bit spoiler-ish). Watch as they tour a LEGO-built house. The really interesting part of the episode is how they figure out ...