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How the White, Stepped Roofs of Bermuda Allowed Residents to Live Without Fresh Water Sources

16:00 - 27 December, 2016
How the White, Stepped Roofs of Bermuda Allowed Residents to Live Without Fresh Water Sources, © <a href='https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bermuda_roof.jpg'>Wikimedia user Acroterion</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
© Wikimedia user Acroterion licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Visitors to Bermuda are likely to notice one key feature about its architecture: across the islands, the pastel-painted houses all share a distinctive white, stepped roof style. A recent article on BBC News Magazine explores the original reason for, and subsequent history of, this unique roof design, showing how vernacular architectural elements often fit into a larger narrative of culture and geography.