- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: May 11, 2005
Modern Marvels: Bricks explores this vast past, highlighting defining moments in brick, such as the Great London Fire of 1666, the zenith years of brick in the New York Hudson River Valley, and brick as an essential building block in infrastructure and industry.
The history of brick is the story of civilization, and it has been said that, "architecture itself began when two bricks were put together well". Although many great civilizations have risen and fallen, the narrative of their ingenuity can be found in the brick-and-mortar structures that defiantly stand against time and the elements. From great Egypt temples to the Roman Aqueducts, the Great Wall of China, and the dome of the Hagia Sophia, brick is one of the oldest, yet least celebrated, building material manufactured by man.
This program features advancements in brickmaking through the ages leading to the state-of-the-art facilities used to make brick today. Construction techniques, trends, and the future of brick construction are also explored.