Visual Wednesday: Infancy in the “Seven Ages of Buildings” Series

Okay folks, apologies for the tardiness of this post. Please recall last week’s introduction to a mini series on buildings and structures through time, based loosely upon one of my favorite poems, “All the World’s a Stage” by William Shakespeare.

While the following  excerpt from the poem should include my musing on present day structures and buildings, “At first, the infant. Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms”, I am finding it more of a challenge than I originally assumed. Expect this sort of post next Wednesday! To start this discussion in the present and continue the series to the far off past requires at the very least some prefacing.

We will begin with simple definitions, at this point, of the words building and structure.

Building, a noun. Merriam-Webster online states,

1. a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2. the art or business of assembling materials into a structure
Full definition of building here.
I would add that a building is a human intervention into the natural landscape.
Structure, a noun. Merriam-Webster online states,
1. the action of building : construction
2. a) something (as a building) that is constructed
    b) something arranged in a definite pattern of organization
Full definition of structure here.

Notice how these two words are related, but not synonymous unless used as verbs?

Next week, I will begin with the passage on the infant that will inform the “newest” buildings and structures in time. Please do consider this post as a necessary introduction to begin this miniseries in a worthwhile direction.

By the way, I am taking recommendations and suggestions for specific buildings and structures through time. Now is the time to offer input with your comments!

Photo Sources: 1. Burj Khalifa from 2. Post and Lintel from 3. Pyramid from


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