Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Kirghiz Yurt
Kirghiz Yurt
Fallingwater (exterior)
Fallingwater (exterior)

What do our homes say about us?

That which is necessary varies from culture to culture. Rural nomadic peoples have very different needs and economic and social concerns than sedentary urban communities, for instance. Both, however, require shelter. Moreover, as the two examples here demonstrate, that shelter becomes a vehicle for the expression of identity conveyed through not only functional solutions, but also aesthetic choices.


Questions to Consider

  • The yurt is home to nomadic peoples in Central Asia. Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, in contrast, was built as a permanent place of residence. How does each structure work to meet the needs of its residents?
  • Although yurts differ from region to region, all adhere to a similar form and are generally built by their future residents. Fallingwater, on the other hand, was a one-of-a-kind design created by a professional architect who was hired specifically for the job. What can you infer from these circumstances about the needs, values, or desires of the people who lived in each?
  • What is the relationship between each of these structures and its surroundings? Do you think that the environment inspired the designs for these structures, that the design dictated the location, or both?

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