Take Shelter
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A roof, a door, some windows, a floor. All houses have them, but not all houses are alike. Some have wings (airplane homes), some have wheels (Romany vardoes), some float; some are made of straw, some of snow and ice. Some are enormous, some are tiny; some are permanent and some are temporary. But all are home. Take Shelter explores the ways people live all over the world and beyond—from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from an underground house in Las Vegas to the International Space Station. Everywhere people live, they adapt to their surroundings and create unique environments, using innovative techniques to provide that most basic of needs: shelter.



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Date de parution 01 avril 2015
Nombre de lectures 1
EAN13 9781459807440
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 5 Mo

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Text copyright © 2014 Nikki Tate and Danielle Tate-Stratton
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Tate, Nikki, 1962-, author Take shelter : at home around the world / Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton. (Orca footprints)
Includes bibliographical references and index. Issued in print and electronic formats. ISBN 978-1-4598-0742-6 (bound).--ISBN 978-1-4598-0743-3(pdf).-- ISBN 978-1-4598-0744-0 (epub)
1. Dwellings--Juvenile literature. 2. Architecture, Domestic-- Juvenile literature. I. Tate-Stratton, Danielle, 1987-, author II. Title. III. Series: Orca footprints
gt172.t38 2014 j392.3'6 c2014-901580-1 c2014-901581-X
First published in the United States, 2014 Library of Congress Control Number: 2014935384
Summary: Homes around the world reflect the diversity and ingenuity of their residents.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover images by Getty Images and Shutterstock Back cover images (top left to right): Getty Images, Getty Images, Vetsch Architektur (bottom left to right): Corbis Images, Getty Images, Getty Images
Design and production by Teresa Bubela and Jenn Playford
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Snug as a Bug in a…Cave
Way Back When…in Iran
Kekuli Houses
Luxury Living Underground
Living (Way) Down Under
Nestled Under a Green Roof
Living Rough in Las Vegas
344 Days Underground

Early Shelters
Following the Herds
Rolling Down the Road
All Aboard!
Gone Cruising!
At Home on the Road
Fly Away Home
Houses that You Move To: Hotels
Building with Supersized Blocks

Messy, Marvelous Mud!
What’s Up Top?
Natural Building
The Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
What’s on Hand?
Mountaintop Living
What's Keeping You Warm?

Get Creative!
At the Ends of the Earth
Floating Home
Temporary Housing
efficient homes
Ways of Living Together
Intentional Communities
Barn Raising
Shelter for Everyone


The phrase Home, Sweet Home reminds us that a house is more than just a place to fall asleep each night.
W alls. A door. Windows. A roof. All houses have these basic components and provide shelter from the elements and a place for people to eat, sleep and socialize. From sprawling mansions to precarious cliff dwellings, the variation in what we humans call home is staggering. When I was growing up, my family moved a lot, so by the time I was in high school I had lived in more than fifty places, from a high-rise apartment in a big city to a tiny cabin in the mountains.
With all that packing and unpacking, settling in and moving on, I’ve had lots of time to think about all the different kinds of places people set up, organize, and move into when they are making a home for themselves and their families. I love seeing how people all over the world build houses that are energy efficient, use local materials and are both beautiful to look at and comfortable to live in.

Unpacking familiar books always makes somewhere new feel like home. DANI TATE-STRATTON
Humans have always experimented with different building materials like straw, reeds, clay, concrete, brick, glass and modern composite materials like carbon fiber. Some houses today are built with innovative new materials while others ingeniously repurpose used material and use smart design to create efficient and environmentally sensitive spaces.
In Take Shelter we’ll visit homes all over the world to see how people create that special place where they hang their hats, whether underground or in outer space. So open the door, come on in and make yourself at home!

Extravagant castles like Neuschwanstein in Germany are often tourist attractions today but were once family homes. Imagine how hard it would be to find a toy if you weren’t sure which of the 200 rooms you had left it in! EG004713/DREAMSTIME.COM

My Place

Renovating the pigeon coop was my first introduction to power tools, but I sure learned a lot! Years later, every time I go inside I still feel proud that I helped build my home with my own hands. E. COLIN WILLIAMS
When I moved back to Vancouver Island after studying and working in Japan, I wanted to have my own space while still living on the family farm. I set my sights on the pigeon coop 50 meters from the house. The homeowners before us used to keep racing pigeons and had built them a lovely 2 meter by 8 meter shed in which to live. My grampa and I spent several months cleaning, insulating, putting in real walls and making sure it was nice and snug for people, not pigeons. Now it’s the perfect bedroom and hangout space away from the house, and I always get a giggle out of telling people that I live in an abandoned pigeon coop. (DTS)
chapter one
In the Ground

Families have lived in these cave houses for hundreds of years. MATHES / DREAMSTIME.COM
A pre-existing hollow in the ground or cliff must have seemed a welcome place to stay for early peoples in need of shelter during the Stone Age (Paleolithic Era). Though this period is long gone (estimates vary from about 40,000 to 2 million years ago), even today many people live in caves or underground dwellings, using the Earth as their main protection from the elements.
According to archaeologists, there are two types of cave dwelling: the cliff house , which is built onto platforms on a cliff, and the cavete , which makes use of existing recesses or openings.
Many cave homes have long been abandoned, but not all cave dwellings are architectural relics. In Iran, at the foot of Mount Sahand, people have been living in a village named Kandovan for centuries.

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