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Housing, or more generally living spaces, refers to the construction and assigned usage of houses or buildings collectively, for the purpose of sheltering people — the planning or provision delivered by an authority, with related meanings. Ensuring that members of society have a home in which to live, whether this is a house, or some other kind of dwelling, lodging, or shelter, is a social issue. Many governments have one or more housing authorities, sometimes also called a housing ministry, or housing department. (Full article...)

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A castle high on a rocky peninsula above a plain. It is dominated by a tall rectangular tower rising above a main building with steep slate roof. The walls are pink, and covered with a sculptural pattern. There is a variety of turrets and details.
Dating back to the early 12th century, the Alcázar of Segovia is one of the most distinctive castles in Europe.

A castle is a type of fortified structure built during the Middle Ages predominantly by the nobility or royalty and by military orders. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble. This is distinct from a palace, which is not fortified; from a fortress, which was not always a residence for royalty or nobility; from a pleasance which was a walled-in residence for nobility, but not adequately fortified; and from a fortified settlement, which was a public defence – though there are many similarities among these types of construction. Use of the term has varied over time and has been applied to structures as diverse as hill forts and country houses. Over the approximately 900 years that castles were built, they took on a great many forms with many different features, although some, such as curtain walls, arrowslits, and portcullises, were commonplace.

European-style castles originated in the 9th and 10th centuries, after the fall of the Carolingian Empire resulted in its territory being divided among individual lords and princes. These nobles built castles to control the area immediately surrounding them and the castles were both offensive and defensive structures; they provided a base from which raids could be launched as well as offered protection from enemies. Although their military origins are often emphasised in castle studies, the structures also served as centres of administration and symbols of power. Urban castles were used to control the local populace and important travel routes, and rural castles were often situated near features that were integral to life in the community, such as mills, fertile land, or a water source. (Full article...)
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  • ... that days before the premiere of Balanchine's ballet Movements for Piano and Orchestra, 17-year-old Suzanne Farrell learned a lead role in an apartment, from a colleague who was on bed rest?
  • ... that Ping Yuen, a public housing complex in San Francisco's Chinatown, has an entrance modeled after that of a temple in Beijing?
  • ... that New York City's Beekman Tower, built as housing for women in college sororities, was later patronized by United Nations delegates?
  • ... that the Excelsior Power Company Building, the oldest known surviving power plant in Manhattan, now contains apartments?
  • ... that when the Osborne Apartments building was slated to be torn down and replaced, its residents saved it by jointly raising $500,000?
  • ... that one apartment at New York City's One57 was purchased for a two-year-old girl?

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