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[The long eighteenth century was the golden age of the classical country house in England. The profits of agrarian capitalism underpinned the social supremacy and political power of the landed elite. To express their elevated status, they competed to build grand houses, surrounded by fine...
[The Industrial Revolution led to the increasing functional specialization of building investment. Canals and railways moved goods and people; factories and mills housed manufacturing activity; civic buildings supported local administration; and country houses were acquired by wealthy...
[The City of London houses a global-sized banking system living within a medium-sized domestic economy. Its financial institutions are generating an incessant demand for new office buildings of larger size, higher quality, and better technical specification. In response, global capital is...
[Over the past millennium, levels of iconic building have fluctuated in response to the broader rhythm of history. Building activity has peaked during periods when the ruling class is consolidating its power, and slumped during intervening periods when the old order is being transformed into the...
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