An Uncommon Experience
The Commons takes visitors on a journey to Guatemala, Mozambique, and the United States to explore geography, language, and designing homes for the local setting worldwide.
How does what your house is made of change depending on where you live? If you lived somewhere else, would your house be on the ground or in the air? Would your kitchen be inside or outside? The Commons helps visitors understand the ways that geography affects your home and how you use it.
In The Commons you'll also discover the important role of organizations such as Habitat for Humanity International in building homes for people in need worldwide. Habitat uses volunteers from across the globe to build houses designed for the local setting.
For example, Habitat houses in the United States are typically built using wood frame construction while houses in Africa are built with fired clay bricks. Houses in Latin America often are built with concrete block, and houses in the Pacific are often built with wood frames and stand on stilts.
Building materials aren't the only thing that changes from place to place. People in different countries also use their houses in different ways. Meals are cooked outdoors in many African countries, so Habitat places the kitchen area outside the house.
The Commons helps you Imagine a House from your very own to that of someone across the world. You will see and hear what a home means around the globe, exploring the Geography and Language Station to learn about travel to different countries and pressing the buttons to hear building-related words such as 'house' and 'roof' in six different languages.
Round is a Mooncake, Roseanne Thong & Grace Lin*
DK Readers. 1, beginning to read, "Homes Around the World", Max Moore
Crabapple Series, "Homes Around the World", Bobbi Kalman*
Yesterday & Today, "Homes", Joanne Mattern