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I used to work as a forester in Canada, where we do have temperate climate (although somewhat on the colder side of the spectrum, I must admit). I've seen several habitations and other abandoned things through my days in the bushes, so I have some range through my assessment. First, was it build to last? It seems so from your description, yet most of the ...


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It will be pretty run down, especially if it is made of wood. Vegetation will have taken possession of the surroundings. I have seen such places during my vacations in some remote areas of rural Japan, they have their sinister appeal. Here is what can be found online: Fascinating footage shows an explorer uncovering an abandoned Japanese village that ...


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In XIXth century there was a fad for neo-(insert style here). Apparently in RL people needed less good justification to build a building, than you write a story. All you need that after it become popular at that moment and somehow it stick. Realistic justification: fad and collective believe what's a good taste someone put it to a building code / zoning ...


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Take a look at some long-settled cities and why they have changed. Then eliminate those factors. Destruction London is one of the most prominent examples of this. The Great Fire wiped out vast swathes of the city - rebuilding it as it was with narrow streets unsuitable for its greatly increased size made no sense, so much of it was redesigned from the ...


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Environmental concerns Buildings in the styles you mentioned are build from natural materials such as stone & wood which are environmentally friendly (wood is a renewable resource and shaping stone is a lot less hurtful to the environment then smelting metal & space age materials). Low maintenance long term The pyramids existed for thousands of ...


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Ropes and strings with various knots, bells. They can horizontally span intersections; you can cross by moving them from your path once you ran into them, but you'll have them in your way and won't be able to miss their message. These can be used to create "soft barrier avenues" like police tape or velvet ropes that alert some people away from an area, but ...


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There are big limiting factors. Our buildings differ greatly by the materials property we can produce (technology), climate, ideology and purpose. For example, look up eastern vs western buildings throughout the history. Some points you may consider: They have to be able to navigate effectively without any external aids, otherwise they wouldn't have ...


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Based on your rather unreasonable requirements that it hasn't been broken into. The cottage will look almost pristine.... on the outside. The wall boards will have shrunk. There will be gaps in the walls. This will allow free air flow, keeping the structure somewhat dry. The roof will sag a bit because those tiles will leak. If it has never gotten any ...


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Since you specifically ask about touch: Tactile architecture could use texture of the surface they navigate in order to direct flows of traffic. If they always walk, and are always barefoot, that's a pretty convenient way to constantly be "reading" where you are. As far as avoiding other pedestrians, maybe they talk constantly, or hum while they walk to ...


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People have mentioned touch and sound, but smell / taste could be insteresting to explore as a signalisation method. Think of ant colony pheromones, tracing paths across large buildings like the coloured lines you can find in some large corporations or train stations / airports / etc


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It will be destroyed. There are two factors you mention that will do it: Trees - they will not only add the possibility of falling on the house but each fall they add weight to the roof with leaves. Those leaves also rise the floor level around the house that is rotting. So any fauna that could benefit from wet, warm environment and like to eat wood would ...


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The year is 1440. Your people did not develop their tech. The tech was given to them. A well-meaning alien or time traveler is worried about the effects of the Black Plague and parachutes in to the Europe of 1390 with advanced tech, uplifting the culture. As you can (and hopefully will, for your fiction) imagine, there are immense ramifications to this....


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With corridors, all the other variations make sense, but, if you’re looking for a thinner corridor for your centaur to walk through, maybe it could still be a bit narrow, but, the corridors have a split off section every few meters that act like branching roads on highways, so they don’t need to clumsily turn around, but they can continue walking while ...


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