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

Sep 2012
1,180
Tarkington, Texas
PaddyBoy, Hadrians wall is a proper Frontier Defense and was supposed to keep the neighbors out. The Antonine wall was really a customs barrier to keep the neighbors from easily sending loot (cattle, sheep, farm animals) North. One could not prevent the locals from getting past the barriers. They both did prevent raiders from returning fast!

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PADDYBOY

Historum Emeritas
Jan 2007
6,515
Scotland
Septimius Severus and the invasion of Caledonia 208 with intent for genocide.
Pruitt, I think the Antoine wall was a tad more than a customs barrier?
 
Sep 2012
1,180
Tarkington, Texas
The Antonine Wall certainly did not have Mile Forts and fortified gates like the Hadrian's Wall.

Pruitt
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
5,590
Netherlands
The point is, you can build complex architecture with wood, just as you can with stone or any other material, and all require skill.
That is not really the discussion. It is the amount of skill involved.
The Hagia Sophia just took a lot of work and refining to look the way it is, plus heavy designing.
That is obviously why there are so many of them?
 
Apr 2017
750
Lemuria
That is not really the discussion. It is the amount of skill involved.

That is obviously why there are so many of them?
Do you know the limit of wood building technology? You don't know. What if genetics advance far enough that living trees are used to build structures using a genetic blueprint? You don't know, so don't just assume. There is virtually no limit for each construction material. It's the method.
And no the Hagia Sofia can be replicated. It's complexity is linear.
 
Oct 2017
381
America ??
Were European trade forts & castles in West Africa all really built exclusively from material imported from Europe??
Would that have really been possible?
 
Apr 2017
750
Lemuria
I am just responding to the previous post who said you can't build something like the Hagia Sophia with wood.
Different buildings use different materials. But as demonstrated in the video below, building with wood can get very complicated. But the fundamentals aren't that hard if you have the man power, capitals, and experience with smaller models. Now say you genetically modify a tree so that one of its branch coils around to form a platform; the end result is a simple structure but the fundamental method is genetic engineering, which is way more advanced than any method used before. Now imagine a way more advanced genetic blueprint to allow the tree to absorb metals from the earth and incorporate them within the cellulose structure, then the sky could be the limit. You can literally grow buildings of your imagination from a seed.
 
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stevev

Ad Honorem
Apr 2017
3,636
Las Vegas, NV USA
The Pantheon in Rome is said to be the oldest building in continuous use. It's over 1900 years old and made of granite, concrete and volcanic rock. I suppose treated wood continuously maintained could survive that long. It's more about TLC than wood vs stone.
 

Willempie

Ad Honorem
Jul 2015
5,590
Netherlands
Well if it would be more complex, we would have a secret freewoodcutter society