Shelter (building)

Fishermen's shelter houses on Barreta Island, Portugal

A shelter is an architectural structure or natural formation (or a combination of the two)[1] providing protection from the local environment. A shelter can serve as a home or be provided by a residential institution.[2][3]

In Maslow's hierarchy of needs, shelter is considered a fundamental human need, along with other physiological needs like air, water, food, sleep, clothing, and reproduction.[4]




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  1. ^ Robinson, Abby (5 July 2021). "Castles, Caves and Rock Shelters". History Guild. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  2. ^ Williams, Renee. "Shelters and the Definition of 'Dwelling' Under the Fair Housing Act" (PDF). Housing Law Bulletin. National Housing Law Project. 43: 233.
  3. ^ "Residential institutions". Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  4. ^ McLeod, Saul (4 April 2022). "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs". Simply Psychology. Retrieved 25 September 2022.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to shelters at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of shelter at Wiktionary