People in the highlands of Madagascar live mostly from agriculture (dry rice). They live in brick houses – an advantage over housing in the lowlands. The clay soil can be burnt into bricks, who are brought up with more clay instead of cement. I always liked the architecture of these houses – each story is tall and has it’s own large balcony. They also seem to resist longer to the tropical climate than the stick-and-clay or plank barracks in other places of the island. Somehow, these examples show that the idea of a “house” as meaning stability and permanence is only common to some parts of the world.
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