GIOVANNI PEIRS Belgian Clay Brick Federation

For millennia the technique of masonry construction has remained basically unchanged. Only since the last century can new types of masonry units, new types of mortar and new design forms be seen. Although (very) old and still successful, the technique of masonry construction is now changing rapidly. The author tries to look into the future taking into account thai masonry is not only a purely technical matter, but also a symbol of human civilization, with psychological as well as economic aspects. Since the continuing success of masonry is based on its intrinsic qualities, he thinks that the masonry industry should find simple or fool proof solutions for some popular problems of today, such as thermal insulation.