Shawn Love. Mrs. Echols . Erwc, Period 2 . 12 February
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ERWC, Period 2
12 February 2017
The Advancements in Architecture
“The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built” (Frank Lloyd Wright). Throughout the centuries, architecture has fascinated everyone. History is inscribed in buildings and they can express the political and economic power of a nation. Although time has gone by, buildings have not. You can still idolize ancient Egyptian and Greek architecture and see how the events that occurred at that time influenced them.
Although buildings from as far as the ancient times are still standing strong today, they had few materials to work with and they weren’t as strong…show more content… Previously, metals weren’t in sufficient quantities and in consistent enough quality. This meant that buildings were limited to materials found in nature, such as stone, clay, timber, limestone, and concrete. However, not only did the Industrial Revolution change the world, but it also changed architecture. During this century, the worldwide production of iron was 825,000 tons, and by 1900, it rose up to nearly 50 times more. The most commonly used form of iron was steel, which was not only stronger and versatile, but was also tensile and had compressive strength greater than any other material previously used before. Although steel allowed architects to design much taller buildings with a lot more interior space, there was one major flaw that prevented architects from doing so.
“To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time” (Elisha Graves Otis). Elevators have been known to exist since the Roman era. They were created with a basic pulley system that were operated by either humans, animals, or water power. For example, Rome’s Coliseum had 12 elevators that hoisted up the gladiators and wild animals from one stage floor to the next. In England, elevators were powered by a steam machine or a hydraulic pump and were used to bring up the monarch’s food more