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As war and conflict tear through Syria, we take a look at the ancient earthen beehive-shaped houses on the edge of the country which have been wowing visitors for centuries. We have covered these amazing traditional Syrian houses which manage to stay cool in the desert without air conditioning before, but I couldn’t resist showcasing these amazing feats of architecture again. Their iconic shape and eco-friendly architecture is definitely something which needs to be celebrated time and time again.

According to Earth Architecture, half of the world’s population live of work in buildings constructed of earth. So rather than seeing earth architecture as something of the past we must accept that in some way and in some places, earth architecture still rules supreme. Mud, dirt and straw are the oldest building material on the planet as they are widely available, cheap and relatively easy to manipulate and build with.

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