The Brickbuilder Volume 8, No. 6

The Brickbuilder Volume 8, No. 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...from and according to the way it has been mixed, but its fundamental properties, chemical and physical, are so marked that every one will recognize it as clay, and every clay has a practical use to which it can be put. There is no such thing as a good clay and a poor clay, though, of course, a clay may be good or poor or worthless for ayfiar/irular use. The prime quality by which every one recognizes it, its plasticity, and the attendant quality of being able to sustain itself in masses of almost any size or shape, make for it universal utility, as its formation and transportation, which I have just pointed out, make for it universal occurrence. These properties alone are the valuable ones for many builders: for instance, the railroad, hydraulic, and military engineer; not so with the modern architect. But while the architect may never be called upon again to build the adobe hut, remember that the Assyrian palace stood to our day, until its mud walls were robbed of their incrusting alabaster slabs and glazed tile. Remember, too, that the military engineer has discarded stone walls for clay banks, and that stone forts, turreted castles, and battlements, once so formidable, are now laughed at as the bugaboos of a childish age. Are architects.sure that they could not build many an incrusted mud wall today at less cost and greater utility than many they now build of costly material? There is no human history of early building or fashioning with clay. Ve always had it, as the animals had it before us, and I believe the architect will realize some day, as the military engineer has already learned, that the grandmother arts of the wasp, the mud swallow, and the beaver can still be as modern as they are ancient. The property of hardening in the...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236962826
  • 9781236962829