With the increasing use of timber frames in modern buildings, brick tiles are again being used to provide a more traditional appearance than other cladding such as plain tiles. This section of is not yet fully developed, but there are a couple of examples in the pictures below. So did the desire to project the appearance of quality by those who could not afford it but would like it thought that they could. The way the bricks fit together in a wall is called the bond. This comprehensive two-volume set tours the world to cover the most exciting and innovative brick buildings of the past 15 years, from Argentina to New Zealand.True to all TASCHEN architecture tomes, it includes new talents like Argentina’s Diego Arraigada and Vietnam’s Nguyen Hai Long as well as established starchitects such as Tadao Ando and Peter Zumthor.But brickwork evolved to meet the needs of society, and over the centuries it has continually responded to changing needs, technology and fashions.The Romans had bricks, but they were very different from what we think of as a brick today.Of all building materials in the world, brick is one of the most enduring and ubiquitous.
Brick tiles' had been introduced much earlier as a way to clad timber buildings and give them the appearance of brick, and they were also taxed during most of the period when bricks were. That changed when cheap transport began to favour mass production in areas where the bricks could be made more cheaply, and transported more or less anywhere. Over the years fashions change but the desire to be in fashion, and the desire for quality by those who could afford it, persisted.
These monster bricks became known as 'Jumbies' or 'Wilkes' Gobbs''.
You can see them alongside normal thickness bricks in the pictures below .
Brickwork as we know it was imported from the low countries in the middle ages. It is written in the buildings that you can see any day, and if you can understand the language in which it is written, you can read the buildings history.
Walk around almost any town and look at the brickwork you pass.