brick walls

6.22-6.23 Hungarian brick walls inspire TCO thinking

6.22.Hungary-3-detail-d Highlights Relevant to Sustainable Design:

Simple things count.

The center of this sketchbook includes three examples of brick walls that are all varied slightly in configuration in the design of the top portion. The walls run alongside sidewalks in this small town to keep animals out of flowerbeds and vegetable gardens. Wooden fences require painting and replacement as slats rot out over time, while brick walls last significantly longer. The lifetime total cost of ownership (TCO) of masonry walls is worth considering relative to the initial investment of time and materials. Plastics have largely replaced wood fences, and the by-product of plastic production is also worth considering relative to the job creation through masonry work that has certainly dropped off with the rise of oil-based construction materials.


Author and illustrator: Charlie Szoradi is an architect, inventor, and the CEO of Independence LED Lighting. He writes about many other topics related to brick walls  and lifetime total cost of ownership (TCO) through his extensive travels around the world.

If you have found this posting online, it is an excerpt from Mr. Szoradi’s book Learn from Looking that served as the inspiring seed content for this drawing share resource. For additional drawings and insights on masonry, wood, and brick walls, we hope that you enjoy exploring You can search via general terms such as sustainability as well as narrower terms such as brick walls and other material types.


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