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Key Buildings from Prehistory to the Present by Andrew Ballantyne

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Igloo, Tipi and Bedouin Tent

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Central Inuit, North America and greenland | Lakota Nation, North America | Northern Africa

There is a perfection about the igloo that sets it apart from all other dwellings. It is made from building material that falls from the sky. There are no old igloos, no authoritative examples. Igloos are made to order and, when the need for them has passed, they melt away into the landscape.

‘Igloo’ is used by the Inuit people to mean any sort of house, including the timber and earth huts that are part of their repertoire. When used by anyone else, the word means the snow-dome that has been constructed by Inuits for as long ...

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