Masonry Design and Detailing
Masonry Design and Detailing Book By Christine Beall
Brick is the oldest manufactured building material, invented almost
10,000 years ago. Its simplicity, strength, and durability led to extensive use,
and gave it a dominant place in history alongside stone.
Rubble stone and mud bricks, as small, easily handled materials, could
be stacked and shaped to form enclosures of simple or complex design. Handshaped,
sun-dried bricks, reinforced with such diverse materials as straw
and dung, were so effective that kiln-fired bricks did not appear until the
third millennium B.C., long after the art of pottery had demonstrated the
effects of high temperatures on clay.