Learn About the History of Building.

People have been building structures since the dawn of mankind. In the beginning, structures were created which were purely practical. They allowed people to shield themselves from harsh weather. Shelters were some of the first structures created and they gave people the capacity to adapt to a host of weather conditions and climates and thrive as a species.

The first shelters for humans were extremely basic and they tended to stay intact for shorter periods of time, such as days or months. However, such temporary structures did eventually evolve into more sophisticated temporary homes, including igloos.

Structures Became Stronger and More Permanent

As the history of building moved forward, people wanted rugged structures which would allow them to stay in specific places for longer time frames. For example, when agriculture became prevalent in our world, workers needed to remain in place for extended periods of time.

Stronger, more durable shelters were created, as well as structures which were designed to store food. As well, structures for group gatherings, such as ceremonies, began to be constructed. These structures knit the fabric of societies together! Since some structures began to have value which was symbolic, as well as practical, architecture became a part of the history of building. Architecture took into account the beauty and meaning of buildings, as well as their functionality.

Enhanced durability was one important facet of the evolution of building. The most primitive structures were made from materials which degraded over time, including branches, animal skins and leaves. As time passed, materials which were very long-lasting, including timber, stone and clay, began to be chosen instead of perishable building supplies.

As technology moved forward, the first man-made building materials were created. Examples include plastics, metals, concrete and brick. Buildings began to be higher and wider. Materials were strong enough to provide stability for higher and wider structures.

Interior Environments Became a Focus

Another key trend in the history of building was attention to the interiors of structures, with a mind to greater control over interior environments. For example, air temperature within structures, the amount of light and the amount of humidity began to be controlled. This trend was all about improving the comfort of human beings. Also, building began to be mechanized. Human labour and large and small machines came together in order to speed up the building process and make it more efficient.

Today, smart buildings which are energy-conscious and which provide unparalleled connectivity are being constructed. Some produce more energy than they consume. These smart buildings are definitely the newest development in the history of building.


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