It's no stretch to say that the humble brick has been a cornerstone of civilization. Since about 7,000 BCE people have been stacking these molded and fired hunks of earth on top of one another, building not just homes but history itself. People prize brick for its nuanced variegation and texture, as well as its ability to insulate better than wood. A feature seen more in homes east of the rockies than west, these 11 examples from the Dwell Magazine print archive showcase this material's varied and inspiring applications around the world.
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