Rome was born a city of bricks.  Before Augustus would leave her draped in marble, the great forms, arches, vaults and arcades were all made in the rich colored brick of the local soil. Made by combining clay mixed with water, sand, straw and finely ground Pozzolana they were then pressed by hand into wooden molds and left to first dry in the sun. Later they would be hard fired by baking them in ovens.  Brick can be both the simple expression of the forms it creates and the forces it transfers, but can also be laid with the creativity of a master craftsman and artisan where it reaches to greater aesthetic heights. The brick could become more than just a simple planar surface,…