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The development and design of the city 1660–1720

This book is about the making of London in the period 1660-1720. This period saw the beginnings of a new understanding of built form and a transitional stage in the transmission and articulation of that form in design procedures. The book discusses the processes and methods by which the development of the city was financed and organized. It considers the leading developers and questions to what extent the traditional model which attributes responsibility for the development of London to aristocratic landlords is a viable one. The book looks at the structure of the building industry and assesses how it was adapted to meet the demands of the production of speculative housing on a scale and at a pace never previously experienced. It outlines how concepts concerning the form of the new terraces were communicated and transmitted through the building chain and finally realized in the built product. The book focuses on the discipline of architectural history and is primarily concerned with architectural and urban design issues. It talks about drawings as the sum of an architect's oeuvre, rather than the buildings, or the drawings and the buildings together. The book provides information on the style and layout of the new developments and explores the extent to which they can be categorized as a 'modernizing' phenomenon.

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Elizabeth McKellar

to explain changes in the building industry and architecture over the past three hundred years, we should not seek to do so on the basis of the pre- and post-capitalist assumptions on which so much of the literature rests. This period saw the beginnings of a new understanding of built form and a transitional stage in the transmission and articulation of that form in design procedures. It has been

in The birth of modern London
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Constructing Classicism: architecture in an age of commerce
Elizabeth McKellar

, legal, constructional and design procedures through which a building emerges into built reality. The study of practice therefore offers a chance to examine the critical interface between the physical, social and economic realities within which architecture exists, and the prevailing ideologies that shape the design genesis and conception. It provides a fulcrum upon which we can posit a relationship

in The birth of modern London