The pilgrimage to Mecca is a sight very few get to see as millions of devout Muslims visit the holy city each year and stay in identical tents.
This incredible aerial view of the tents, pitched close together and stretching out as far as the eye can see reminds me of the photos I saw of Levittown, NY and Ocean Grove, NJ as a kid.
Levittown got its name from its builder, William Levitt, who built the district as a planned community between 1947 and 1951. William Levitt is considered the father of modern suburbia. Levittown was the first truly mass-produced suburb and is widely regarded as the example for postwar suburbs throughout our country.
Ocean Grove is both classic and simple. Surrounding the historical Great Auditorium are 114 tents, which are occupied from May to September, just as they have been since 1869. These rustic soft cabins adjoin to rear sheds containing a kitchen and bathroom. The tents are stored in the sheds during the winter. They are in such demand that there is a waiting list of some ten years for summer rentals.
Fabric Structures like tents and yurts look and work beautifully when designed and planned properly.