Maasai Houses
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Architect traditional
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Location Kenya, Africa
Date 0 to 1990   timeline
Building Type owner-built small houses
 Construction System dung plastered over bent wood wands
Climate tropical
Context rural
Style African Vernacular
Notes loaf shaped houses, grouped in circular enclosures





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Sources on Maasai Houses

"Postcard from Tanzania", by Rob Busby, ArchitectureWeek No. 127, 2002.1218, pC1.1.

The Masai Women : The Masai of Kenya. 1974. VHS-NTSC format video tape. ISBN 630340247X. — Video - Available at

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. photo of women plastering houses, p197.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Maasai Houses


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