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The First Dwellings (05:45)


Human dwellings are built for protection and usually from materials found in the surrounding area. The first dwellings were caves; dwellings became more portable for nomadic people. The first permanent dwellings were built when agriculture was established.

Materials (02:05)

Bricks and wood have been common building materials since the first dwellings. Concrete use increased at the beginning of the 20th century.

Steel (04:33)

Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon; it is strong and easy to manipulate. Concrete reinforced with steel is a common building material in modern times. Steel allows for the construction of skyscrapers and high-rise buildings.

Summary (02:06)

Early dwellings were made from materials that could be found nearby. Bricks are the most common building material. Steel and concrete allowed for the construction of taller and larger buildings.

Credits: Buildings and Their Materials (00:48)

Credits: Buildings and Their Materials

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Buildings and Their Materials

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In this program, we will cover the origins of cities by examining building structures and their materials. Topics include: The first dwellings, the history of construction materials, and present-day construction.

Length: 18 minutes

Item#: BVL155100

Copyright date: ©2013

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