Synopsis by Sally Barber
Look and Learn -- The Young Designer series examines the challenges engineers, architects, and designers have encountered and have successfully conquered in order to create advancement for mankind. A four-part program, it demonstrates innovative ideas, which allowed populations to survive and grow using available resources. The volume Look and Learn -- The Young Designer: Building Materials examines construction materials used during specific historic periods, as well as the influence of environmental, climatic, and economic factors in selecting elements for construction. It explores both natural and manmade materials, looking at their distinctive characteristics, including economic and aesthetic factors. An in-depth look at the manufacturing of bricks and the production of synthetic stones provides basic comparison guidelines. Other volumes in the series are Look and Learn -- The Young Designer: Structures, Look and Learn -- The Young Designer: Bridges, and Look and Learn -- The Young Designer: Buildings.