Almost every house in America is simply a wood box. The boxes are covered with asphalt shingles, siding of various kinds, brick, or stucco. In a few parts of the country the outside walls are constructed of concrete block; however, the rest of the structure is a wood box.
The fires in Texas in September, 2011 proved a paradigm. In a Structures class I asked the professor why we continued to build houses out of wood. His answer was twofold: “They’re cheap to build, and that’s how we’ve always done it.” That was a perfect answer to an imperfect paradigm.
American architect, Louis Sullivan in 1896 wrote in an article on office buildings that “form ever follows function.” He was saying that one must first consider the functionality of a building before you consider its beauty or other characteristics. Sullivan’s assistant, Frank Lloyd Wright continued the “form follows function” mantra, as did many others in different fields.all of them. - read more
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