Articles about education issues for masonry design and construction in the commercial, residential and institutional building markets.
Carl Von Clausewitz, Prussian general and military theorist, had many sayings, of which the most famous is “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” The same may be said of building design: Construction is the continuation of design development by other means.
There have been many articles written that prove the performance values and case studies that confirm masonry’s resiliency in the field. All of them are technically sound and great representations of our industry. I’d rather focus on the aesthetic. Architects are driven by the aesthetic. If we can give a designer the “look and versatility” they’re after without sacrificing resiliency, masonry shines. Let’s consider masonry resiliency from the aesthetic point of view.
The ‘Better Block’ assignment is a part of a required graduate course on materials and assemblies at the University of Washington Department of Architecture. The course is primarily a lecture course on construction materials and best practices for building envelope assemblies
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