|Bill Coperthwaite in Almati, date unknown|
|Ulan Bator being built, King Seegar in foreground|
"The Yurt design has its origins in the folk wisdom of ancient Mongolia where the prototype has, for thousands of years, been found to withstand the severe cold and violent winds of the steppes of inner Asia. There the nomadic herders developed a circular tent made of light poles and thick felt, held up by a simple band of yak hair or wool (similar to the hoop that holds a wooden barrel together) encircling the Yurt at the eaves and taking the outward thrust of the roof. The result was a circular living space, free of the normal tents' inward sloping wall and the resulting negative space, and unencumbered by interior support. It is out of deep respect for the folk genius of these nomads that their word “yurt” was chosen for this modern offspring of their ancient engineering skill."
|Ulan Bator Work Crew, "Bill Cop" 5th name|
|Ulan Bator in the 70s|