A World History


An acclaimed survey of brick architecture throughout the world and throughout history, from brick architecture in ancient Rome to Buddhist Pagan in the Far East and the exciting contemporary use of brick, especially in the USA and France

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James W P Campbell


This totally original architecture book – the first ever comprehensive study of brick – follows the story of brick from 5,000 bc to its use in building today, via the vast baths and basilicas of ancient Rome, through the wonders of Gothic brick in Germany, the majestic temples of Pagan and Mughal mosques in Iran, to its modern revival.

Marvellously illustrated with spectacular, specially-taken photographs, Brick is at once an historical account of how bricks have been employed by architects of every period, a technical survey of brickmaking and bricklaying, and an essay in architectural and cultural history. The authors have applied their expert visual and technical knowledge to more than one hundred themes, from bricks in ancient Egypt to their distinctive use by such modern masters as Louis Kahn, Alvar Aalto and Renzo Piano. Great works of engineering – viaducts, tunnels and bridges – are given prominence alongside great cathedrals and country houses, temples and mosques, testifying to the incredible versatility and importance of bricks and brickwork.

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Weight 1756 g
Dimensions 23.3 x 29.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 3 February 2016
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.3 x 29.7 cm
Weight 1756 g


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Will Pryce, a trained architect and award-winning photographer, is the author of six books, all published by Thames & Hudson. James W. P. Campbell, Fellow in Architecture and History of Art, Queens' College, Cambridge, is the author of Building St Paul's and Brick: A World History, also with Will Pryce.