Architecture and Planning ETDs

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Mud, in a variety of forms, is the oldest and most widely used building material in the world. Its uses in various ways, and the logical development of extremely sophisticated architectural forms occurred independently in many parts of the world. The complexity of the forms that were developed were dependent on the length of time the material was in use, and the local environment which limited possibilities and created the necessity for particular uses. As social and intellectual patterns become more complex, with the attendant prosperity, accumulation of wealth, ostentation, and other aspects of a more complex social order, the simple materials of the past have been and currently are being relegated to the poorer segments of society. Where economically possible, the old forms were replaced by newer, more durable, more fashionable, and more expensive materials, as they become available, or affordable.



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School of Architecture and Planning

First Committee Member (Chair)

Michel Pillet

Second Committee Member

Robert Walters

Third Committee Member

George Clayton Pearl

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Architecture Commons