• Question: why do people not make indestructible bricks?

    Asked by The Ge Ni U S to Andrew, Jade, Jessica, Kevin, Lynn on 18 Jun 2015.
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      Jess Wade answered on 18 Jun 2015:

      What do you mean, for houses? I guess we wouldn’t want them- we like houses to be adaptable and move on. When we build a house we want it to last for as long as it is needed. Eventually both the technology inside the house, the population of the country and the style of architecture will change.

      In America they still build houses with wood, which is pretty mental. Bricks may be better in some places, b ut where there are earthquakes the buildings made from solid bricks don’t work so well- people argue that wooden ones are better. Then you have to think about what happens in a flood- brick houses often have lots of wood inside. I guess we couldn’t make indestructible houses because of money reasons too.

      We want to be able to change houses, and countries with lots of lots of people (like China) don’t have enough money to build lots of solid homes. WE could use much stronger materials. There are super strong bricks called NORI (iron backwards). Sometimes they use them for the supports of really tall buildings.