Haircuts, blue jeans and reading habits: All are examples of things that change with the times.
Add to that list the types of shelters that humans use to stay warm, safe and dry — a point made clear in this great installment in a series of animated histories from the Atlantic. Soundtracked to a lazy Spaghetti Western instrumental, the clip opens with painted caves (25,000 BC) and progresses from there to French chateaus (3rd century), machiyas (traditional Japanese townhouses, 9th century), and geodesic domes (1950s). It even finds room — pun, sorry everyone — for newer, trending formats like shipping containers and 3D-printed mansions. What's really striking, though, is how the use (and source) of construction materials has varied, from scavenged items (mud, bones, wood) to highly technical fabrications cut from plastic, glass and metal.
The whole video is easy, breezy and rendered in a bright, playful style, making it well worth the 2:17 run time.
[h/t Laughing Squid]