This scholarly and well-researched study of the building industry documents the interplay of new materials and technologies, costs and the changing social and economic forces that affected the decision-making about our built environment over the last two centuries. The author provides a succinct and readable survey of the growth and development of British building which will be of interest to all building specialists and those training for a career in the construction industry.
Table of Contents
Building Coketown 1800-1850. The industry forges the means: 1800-1850. Building and the triumph of urbanisation: 1851-1914. The industry consolidates: 1851-1914. Building the suburbs: 1915-1939. The industry as force for stability: 1915-1939. Building in crisis and reconstruction: 1940-1973. The industry fights for freedom and growth: 1940-1973. Building in a retreat of big govenment: after 1973. The industry recasts responsibilities: after 1973. Index.
Reviews of the first edition:
"This book should be compulsory reading for all politicians, planners and others involved in controlling development...is very interesting if you want to understand how [the building] industry developed over the years" - Building Design
"a Welsh Chapel of a book, but without the preaching." - Building Design
"Fascinating" - Riba Journal
'...a well-researched book' - Architectural Science Review
'...a readable and reasonably-priced wide angle view...' - Structural Engineer