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How to build with different mud recipes

Dirt, sand, straw, clay, and water. Mixed and packed together in different combinations, these materials can create incredibly sturdy shelters and structures. In this video from The Nito Project, artist builder Benito...

The turret spider’s camouflaged towers

Mud, moss, bark, leaves, and other forest materials cover the towers made by California turret spiders, camouflaging these unusual lairs. Inside, the towers are lined with white silk and can extend six inches down int...

A leaf-rolling weevil crafts its nest with careful folds

See how the female six-spotted leaf-rolling weevil expertly crafts a cocoon-like leaf-roll with a Rabdosia trichocarpa leaf. Filmed in Japan by Sigma1920HD, this silent time-lapse of the nidification process was recon...

Building a wigwam, a time lapse

A dome made from tree saplings, grasses, bark, buckskin, cloth, and other available local materials, the wigwam was a seasonal structure used by many Native American cultures in the North Eastern United States. Histor...

What do bluebirds eat?

Ask any birder what birds eat and you'll hear “seeds, fruits, and insects.” But during reproduction, arguably the most important weeks of a bird’s life, 96% of North American terrestrial birds eat insects and other ar...

A female blue orchard bee builds her ‘bee-jeweled’ nest

A new type of bee is buzzing through California's orchards. And researchers are hoping that the iridescent, greenish insect may help provide a more efficient way to pollinate nuts and fruits in an era when traditional...

Arena, a fast-paced look at the earth from above

Using images captured by Google Earth, Ireland-based artist Páraic McGloughlin speeds through scheme after scheme of human-made shapes and structures from high above in the experimental film short Arena. From McGlough...

The secret belowground life of newborn meerkat pups

The sweet cooing, chirping sounds, the small furry faces, the incredibly intimate view that we don't often... ever... get to see. Via the BBC's Earth Unplugged and Animals with Cameras, specifically a wild Kalahari me...

Making a celt hatchet and an A-frame hut – Primitive Technology

Though the fella behind Primitive Technology is starting from scratch on newly-bought land, his work is that of an old pro. In this video, he deftly builds a celt hatchet to cut wood for a new 2x4x4 meter (6.6 by 13.1...

Log cabin time lapse: A Canadian man builds a shelter from scratch

Outdoorsman, photographer, and travel writer Shawn James has been building an off-the-grid balsam fir tree log cabin by himself without power tools. He edited together this time-lapse video to share his months of work...

Pottery, a stove, and a palm frond dome hut – Primitive Technology

Since buying new land in Australia's dense tropical rainforest, the man behind Primitive Technology has had access to better clay, good stone, and other abundant materials for building. In the video above, he makes sm...

Step into a summer igloo (in 360°) as it’s being built

Though they're made from blocks of compacted snow, igluit (igloos) keep their residents well-sheltered by insulating from the cold and wind outside. In this 360° video from The New York Times, Adami Sakiagak and Tiisi...

How Ingenious Animals Have Engineered Air Conditioning

Termites, prairie dogs, and people are all great builders, each in their own way. We all share one crucial problem: Put a bunch of us in a closed space, breathing oxygen in, breathing CO2 out... it doesn't end well. ...

Building a traditional Basque style bird house – La Fabrique DIY

Shrinking this home in southwestern France is for the birds: From cutting the wood pieces, to constructing and painting it, a traditional Baserri style house in the Basque region of France is recreated from scratch as...

Tents that turn into jackets: Humanitarian fashion by designer Angela Luna

In 2016, Parsons School of Design graduate Angela Luna designed a utilitarian collection of transformable outerwear to help address the shelter, flotation, and visibility challenges that confront refugees, "people who...

Demolishing an old hut to plant cassava and yams

Cassava are tuberous roots from a shrub. Yams are edible bulbs that grow both above and below the ground. They're both staple foods (despite the cassava containing some cyanide), and at Primitive Technology's 10 year ...

Building a ‘bed shed’ sleeping shelter – Primitive Technology

Bundles of long dry grasses thatch the roof of this elevated sleeping shelter. The bed itself is woven from lawyer cane and covered with a woven bark mat. It's all held up with wooden posts tied with vines. Primitiv...

Barrel Tiled Shed & Tiled Roof Hut – Primitive Technology

How do you create a fire and rain proof work shed when you only have what's available to you in an Australian forest? Primitive Technology takes on the challenge in this Barrel Tiled Shed video. Some details from his ...

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