The Insitute was founded in 2015 for the purpose of promoting the preservation of the world's nomadic and ephemeral architectures. There are four different types of nomadic archtiecture, temporary ephemeral shelters, usually made from very local materials and which might last froma few weeks to a few months, tents, which are more permanent in their making, but which are repeately packed and pitched, permanent mobile structures, in particular boats and wagons which exist in all regions of the world, form the ancient Malaysian boat people to modern RV dwelling mobile Americans, and immobile and permanent structures, which nowadays are almost all occupied by settled peoples, with the exception of a few cave bearing regions in various parts of the globe. We are interested in them all!
Our primary aims are to:
  • Facilitate the recording of structures around the globe.
  • Help local people to understand the value of their indigenous architecture.
  • Promote the recognition of ephemeral and transitory architecture on the world stage.
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    IMAGE GALLERIES

    Berber Black Tents
    Arbore Huts
    Arbore Reed Houses
    Bedouin Black tents
    Berber Cave Dwellings
    Dassenetch
    Datoga
    Dorze Woven Houses
    Hadzabe
    Hamer Conical Hut
    Hamer Village Houses
    Khanty Conical Tent
    Konso Thatchers
    Kyrgyz Yurt Makers
    Maasai of Tanzania
    Nenet Conical Tent
    Mursi
    Tibet
    Komi Conical tent

    ARTICLES

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  • Mobile Architectures.

    A quick overview of why mobile architecture is interesting

  • East African Nomads

    A quick overview of some of the more interesting structures in East Africa

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  • North African Nomads

    A quick overview of some of the more interesting structures in North Africa and the Middle East

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