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Mike Hansell

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198507529

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507529.001.0001

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Building materials: nature, origins, and processing Building materials: nature, origins, and processing

Building materials: nature, origins, and processing Building materials: nature, origins, and processing

(p.33) 2 Building materials: nature, origins, and processing
Animal Architecture

Mike Hansell

Oxford University Press

Animals are surrounded by potential materials, mineral and organic, where mineral is represented by mud and stones, and organic includes those of animal, plant, and fungal origin. These materials must not just be effective after construction, they must be capable of efficient manipulation during construction. Constructional considerations therefore impose constraints upon what materials are usable, and so in turn on what structures are possible. This chapter deals largely with structural materials, and examines their role in the creation of built structures. It distinguishes two categories of materials in particular — those that are collected and those that are secreted — predicting certain differences between them. It also studies the characteristics of materials that will be required in the construction of homes as opposed to prey capture devices, and whether these characteristics are more likely to be fulfilled by collected or secreted materials.

Keywords:   homes, construction, built structures, collected materials, secreted materials

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