28 Jul '14, 7pm

The Catenary Arch

These are clay Obos (right) of the Musgum people in Pouss, Cameroon. They are designed in much the same way as the Turkish beehive homes (below) in Harran, to provide efficient cooling in the baking heat. Both are designed with vents at the top of the building and small entrances with few, if any, windows. The high domes collect the hot air, moving it away from people sleeping at the bottom of the house keeping the interior around 75F (24C).

Full article: http://www.naturalhomes.org/catenary.htm

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