Is building with wood "inferior" than building with stone?

Apr 2017
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Lemuria
As complex as building something like this?

This is not as complex as it might suggest. Take a lot of resource and experimentation but it can be replicated. But how do you build the one below? Looks crude and organic at first glance but precise and requires a tremendous amount of effort to destroy or damage. The spaniard failed to destroy this.

 
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Jan 2011
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amount of labor still doesn't mean taking more skill
Sure, but I was answering a post talking of the amount of labor. About the skill, it depends of the tools availability (especially which metal was available). Till the mechanisation of the 19th century, most of the techniques used in construction had not much changed between the Iron Age, so the skill was basically a question of training.
 
Sep 2012
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I recall several Roman defense walls had stone and they are still around. They also built some earth and turf works as well. The Romans did have the expertise and a work crew on hand. They also used timber for temporary works. Roman roads were made of stone, gravel, and cement. There are a number still around.

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Jan 2007
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I recall several Roman defense walls had stone and they are still around. They also built some earth and turf works as well. The Romans did have the expertise and a work crew on hand. They also used timber for temporary works. Roman roads were made of stone, gravel, and cement. There are a number still around.

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Roman forts were also built with wood and they could be dismantled and moved to a new site if and when required.
 
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I am not talking about the Temporary Marching Forts. There are two walls between Scotland and England.

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Technically, Hadrian's wall is south of Scotland.
My guess is, it was built to protect the Romans from Geordies.
Antonines wall is mostly built with turf. Probably a budget wall built by the Scots to keep Geordies out....
 
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sparky

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Jan 2017
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building fortification in wood has been done time and time again , every commander was fully aware of one of wood characteristic
it burn !
wooden forts were often used but for military purpose earth brick and stone were preferred in that order ( if one could afford it )
Edward 1 of England nearly went broke building the Welsh castles
 
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This is not as complex as it might suggest. Take a lot of resource and experimentation but it can be replicated. But how do you build the one below? Looks crude and organic at first glance but precise and requires a tremendous amount of effort to destroy or damage. The spaniard failed to destroy this.

hagia sofia is a very refined architecture, something which cannot be matched with chinese wooden pagodas or chinese wooden palaces, similarly the incan wall cannot match the hagia sofia architecture. yes there is some serious skill which went into it but still hagia sofia is far complicated architecture than the incan one you just mentioned. bulding such architectures requires complicated engineering design and architectural skills, the complex know how of loading etc, also the amount of technical skills which goes into making sch covered spaces. hagia sofia can be easily considered an example of modern architecture, suc can never be true for this incan one.

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Apr 2017
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hagia sofia is a very refined architecture, something which cannot be matched with chinese wooden pagodas or chinese wooden palaces, similarly the incan wall cannot match the hagia sofia architecture. yes there is some serious skill which went into it but still hagia sofia is far complicated architecture than the incan one you just mentioned. bulding such architectures requires complicated engineering design and architectural skills, the complex know how of loading etc, also the amount of technical skills which goes into making sch covered spaces. hagia sofia can be easily considered an example of modern architecture, suc can never be true for this incan one.

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No, just no. The fundamentals of the Hagia Sofia is actually extremely simple. It was just a complicated project that was resource extensive as well requiring the need for experimentation and experience. It can be replicated easily if you have the resource and some experience building smaller similar structures. The Saksaywaman wall is altogether at another level of fundamentals something that is hard to reproduce with modern equipment. You'd be surprise how hard this wall is to be replicated using modern machinery. If we remove every human on Earth, which of the two structure do think will last longer? The wall is "self-healing", meaning if disturbed the pieces will have the tendency to rearrange themselves in their original position.
 
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Dec 2015
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NYC
hagia sofia is a very refined architecture, something which cannot be matched with chinese wooden pagodas or chinese wooden palaces, similarly the incan wall cannot match the hagia sofia architecture. yes there is some serious skill which went into it but still hagia sofia is far complicated architecture than the incan one you just mentioned. bulding such architectures requires complicated engineering design and architectural skills, the complex know how of loading etc, also the amount of technical skills which goes into making sch covered spaces. hagia sofia can be easily considered an example of modern architecture, suc can never be true for this incan one.

regards
The point is, you can build complex architecture with wood, just as you can with stone or any other material, and all require skill. The Hagia Sophia just took a lot of work and refining to look the way it is, plus heavy designing.