Category Archives: Fun Yurt Facts

Double Rainbow-yurt!

Well, kind of. How many yurts do you think there are in this yurt palace by Hooe’s Yurts?

PS: my other idea was to call this a giant yurt in honor of the Giants. Which one is bandwagonier?

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Polling Yurts

Did you vote today? I hope so. But probably not in a yurt, like this person:

polling yurt

While you are reviewing today’s election results, learn about what elections are like in Mongolia. Check out this article about the 2009 Mongolian presidential elections by Dr. Julian Dierkes at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Colombia.

privacy, please, while I vote in this yurt

Privacy, please!

World Yurt Makers Conference

Yurt lovers, if you’re really hard-core and you love Hawaii, don’t miss the 2nd annual World Yurt Makers conference from February 23 to 28, 2011. Its mission: to educate and celebrate yurt industries with influential people. Sounds like a good time. You don’t even have to BYOY (bring your own yurt).

The conference is organized by Yurts of Hawaii. They have an excellent FAQ section about the practical aspects of yurt living (though I have not tried one of their yurts myself).

Yurts in 30 minutes (or less)

On the blog Wild China, Alex G writes about his travels in Inner Mongolia. He had the lucky experience of constructing yurts:

“Yurt building, I learned last Wednesday, is easier than one might think,” he writes. “After all, a yurt had to be quickly constructed and disassembled according to nomads’ cattle, horses, and lambs. Mongolians had to be prepared to move at the drop of a hat if sustenance for their animals, their main source of food, was no longer available.”

On his first try, he and his guests finished the frame in 30 minutes!

“While nomads could easily put these up in about 10, our first try at constructing nomadic housing wasn’t bad.”

Read his full post online, and check out his very cool picture of components of a Mongolian yurt:

components of a Mongolian yurt

Yurts and IDEO

A lot of people (myself included) love yurts because of their pleasing design.

And a lot of people love IDEO because it’s so good at design.

(If you’re not familiar with IDEO, it is one of the best-known design and consulting firms.)

Did you know that the conference room in IDEO’s Palo Alto office was modeled after a yurt “to give designers a quiet location in which to take notes or make impromptu sketches?”

IDEO's Palo Alto office

See more photos at newsweek.com.

Also, here’s a video about IDEO’s design process. It’s from 1999, but it still gives you an idea of what they are all about.

Yurts and Farms

Did you know that yurts are popular on farms? (At least they are in northern California, in my experience.) Maybe because yurts are affordable, environmental, and can be moved around? Who wouldn’t want to live in a yurt?

A few months ago I wrote about the yurts at Pie Ranch. Well, Pie Ranch’s friend* Blue House Farm also has yurts. I’ve seen them. Not only do I love Blue House Farm, I’m a member of their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program (sounds like a Hair Club for Men commercial). And a buddy of mine lives in one of the yurts.

If you’re looking for some yurtastic food, join a CSA like Blue House Farm. You may be able to visit the farm. And it may have yurts!

Blue House Farm

Beautiful photo from the Blue House Farm website. No yurt, but you get the picture.

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* They are friends because Blue House Farm supplies some of the fruit for the pies at Mission Pie. Oh, and they’re almost neighbors.

Cement Yurt (Smurf Village?)

On a recent trip to Southern California, we had to pull off the highway to check out what I thought was an urban yurt.

cement yurt

More like a cement yurt. Or something else?

The Texas definition of a yurt

“Now, the Texas definition of a yurt is a Mongolian teepee.”
—Park Interpreter, on a Fox 26: Houston special report on yurts.

Yurts on Fox

Yurt: the original mobile home.

Watch the news clip by special correspondent, Meteorologist John Dawson.

Build Your Own Camping Yurt

Residents of Portland, Oregon: you can take a workshop in July to learn how to build your own camping yurt (offered by TrackersPDX).

Residents of Portland, Maine, or anywhere else: you can watch this nifty video about setting up your camping yurt.

But an added bonus if you attend the workshop: “You will learn to use the high technology of the 14th Century in the form of a Shave Horse which was in common use in the middle ages for all kinds of wood craft.” Awesome.

Yurtcozy for Mother’s Day

Do you love your mom? Do you love yurts? Do you love making the world a better place?

Donate to Yurtcozy! Here’s some information from their site:

Yurtcozy logoYurtcozy is a nonprofit organization where people can help reduce climate change by purchasing a carbon emissions reduction credit from a microentrepreneur. When you purchase a carbon credit on Yurtcozy, you are helping a microentrepreneur receive access to a loan to switch to clean energy, while improving their quality of life.

“Ulaanbaatar is the coldest capital in the world. Winter temperatures hover around -4 F. Most residents live in round, tent-like structures called gers. While charming and practical on many levels, gers are not the warm home you might imagine. Most families heat their gers with coal, a dirty fuel that is a major cause of air pollution.

“During the winter heating season, Ulaanbaatar is one of the most polluted cities in the world. On average, households in the ‘ger district’ use 5 tons of coal and 1.5 tons or wood per year to heat their homes. Sixty percent of the pollution in the city during the winter heating system come from the ger districts. Sadly, many poorer families spend upwards of forty percent of their income on heating. Yurt insulation drastically lowers coal usage, which saves families money and reduces pollution.

“When you purchase a Mother’s Day gift on Yurtcozy, you are helping a mother in Mongolia keep her family warm, reduce dirty energy use and save money, so that they can build a better future.”

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