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Architect Vernacular
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Location Mongolia, Central Asia
Date up to present   timeline
Building Type nomadic house
 Construction System light wood frame, textile and leather sheathing
Climate cold, dry steppe
Context rural, high plains
Style Mongolian Vernacular
Notes Also known as a "ger". Round collapsible wood lath frame, covered by fabric.


Photo, exterior overview yurt showing diagonal lattice framing of walls and roof
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Discussion Yurt Commentary

"Even today, nearly sixty years after the Mongolian revolution of 1921, most of the Buryat population cling to the ger as a way of life. The tent itself has changed little externally since those first descriptions. This is perhaps because the domed tent is ideally adapted to steppe nomadism and can be set up or struck by a small team in thirty minutes. The ger is constructed with several expanded lattices forming a circular wall which meets a post-and-lintel doorway. Willow rods, connected to a heavy wooden hoop which forms the apex of the roof, are tied to the framework. As many large pieces of felt as needed to keep out the cold are wrapped around the walls and over the roof and fastened with horsehair rope."

— Colin Duly. The Houses of Mankind. London: Thames and Hudson, 1979. p86-87.

Sources on Yurt

Colin Duly. The Houses of Mankind. London: Thames and Hudson, 1979. exterior perspective photo of yurt, p88 plate 88.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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Vermont Yurt WorksA contemporary US maker of traditional-style fabric-over-lath yurts.

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