The tribal constitution is a key philosophy in the history of the home. Shelter, in all intents and purposes, is designed to provide security and comfort to those who inhabit it. Before the permanence of contemporary lodgings, dwellings existed in a more ephemeral nature. The nomadic tradition of early housing was dictated by the hunter/gather instinct, resulting in shelters that lasted only periods of days, weeks and months before being discarded and recreated in a different environment. As seasonal temperaments and agricultural needs began to shift, the idea of the home changed as well, becoming more intimate and fixed. Urbanization soon kicked in and families migrated from the rural land to more densely populated areas, creating societal norms and a sense of community. The home became much more personal. A place where you felt safe and secure. Your own immediate sanctuary from the harshness of the outside world.
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