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

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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?