Magical bricks


There are various shades of a brick. It can be red coloured or white or brown. But the red coloured brick is one of the common bricks in India. Although there are many types of bricks like Acid brick, Engineer brick, Accrington brick, Fire brick, Clinker, Creamy city brick etc.

Similarly, there are various usages of a brick. Here, I would like to discuss that what is the importance of bricks in the building up of a structure.

The brick is considered as the foundation stone of every building. When a person laid a foundation stone for his building, naturally he expects that his building will last forever. The brick not only served as the primary step in the building up of the structure. But, also it is an integral part of the building. A minor fault in the material can cause large-scale destruction of life and property.

The data  of revealed that a across India  across India 2600 people die every year in building and other structural collapses.

Well, a hope of having peaceful and beautiful home gets shattered within few second. Around thousands of buildings have been collapsed like a pack of cards within few minutes. I have quoted a few of them from India as well as from abroad.

  • New Delhi

On November 15, 2010, due to heavy monsoon rain a constructed tenement building was collapsed causing 67 people dead in the collapse and a further 150 were injured.


  • Katowice Trade Hall roof collapse

On 28 January 2006, the roof of one of the buildings at the Katowice International Fair (Międzynarodowe Targi Katowickie) collapsed in Chorzów / Katowice, Poland. 65 dead as well as more than 170 injured, including 13 foreigners was recorded as per the polish government records.


  • Bad Reichenhall Ice Rink roof collapse

On 2 January 2006, in the town of Bad Reichenhall, Bavaria, Germany, near the Austrian border, the roof of a 1970s-builtice rink collapsed, possibly under the weight of heavy snowfall, trapping 50 people underneath the

Above mentioned are few of the instances happened all over the world. But here a question arises that instead of putting blames on the adulteration or the weather why our engineers or the architect failed to pay attention towards the ‘foundation’ of the structure and cost the lives of many people.


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