© 2019 by Matteo Viviano

later later*

*Later, lateris: {noun masculine, latin } : brick

Over their history bricks have had many technological developments. Today bricks have lost their static functionality inside/outside the building due to the use of frame structures. This three-dimensional object is the result of the rotation of a typical roman brick system “opus reticolatum” around its horizontal and vertical axes. It keeps its original aesthetic value creating a 3D pattern and consequently forms an interlocking system.

Thinking about chemistry every single brick could be defined as a molecule. As in
chemistry, more aggregate molecules generate matter, in the same way, more bricks
generate surfaces.

 

The brick in question does not remain tied only to a plan (twodimensional
like a wall or a floor) but it ranges over several plans. Indeed, it can
reach a three-dimensional dimension as in the case of a table or a seat or even free
itself from the need of space and become an independent object such as a vase,
container, lamp, etc.

Going through the brick history the greatest technological developments have been faced by the Greeks and Romans, not only at a level of pure construction, such as raw bricks, fired bricks and their various shapes but also in speed of production and export.

2018