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 possible by steel building frames and elevator technology, allowed humans to create more densely packed cities. And in 2015, a $161,000 mansion was 3D-printed in eastern China for a construction innovation exhibition.
From the Atlantic, take a look at the different materials, styles, and functional requirements that humans have created to stay warm, dry, safe, and so much more: Housing Through the Centuries – a brief animated history.Watch these next: Six key movements in design history, How to Build an Igloo, Building a barn in one day, and How nomads put together a ger (or yurt).