New Lessons From Old Buildings: Bin Laden's Medieval Hideout


Image Credit: CIA

I write often about the lessons that one can learn from old buildings, usually discussing ventilation and lighting. It turns out that there are lessons in security and defence as well; Eli Lehrer of Frum Forum notices some similarities between Osama Bin Laden's hideout and European Medieval castles.

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Image Credit: Eugene Viollet-le-Duc via Wikipedia

Lehrer compares it to Richard the Lionheart's Chateau Gaillard in France:

Although the building techniques were a lot different, the hideout had all the basic features of the medieval castle: There's a central "keep," outer, middle and inner wards for defense and even a "curtain wall" (which the Washington Post labels a "privacy wall") around the "keep." Whoever designed it likely absorbed some of the ideas of medieval castle building

Hmm, Steve Mouzon says Sustainable places are secure, but somehow I don't think this is what he meant.

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