A Bridge to the Future: Profitable Construction for by Roger Flanagan, Ian Ingram, Laurence Marsh

By Roger Flanagan, Ian Ingram, Laurence Marsh

This document offers a imaginative and prescient of development in 2010. I do desire you are going to learn this record and enhance particular rules that you suppose are proper in your corporation, and use them to construct your personal checklist of functional steps and time cut-off dates for change.Sir John Egan, Chairman of the development activity strength, leader government, BAA plcThis file discusses how development enterprises will sooner or later have to upload worth to their services and products for you to construct after which hold long term and strong shopper loyalty.Includes CD-ROM

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Dual pressures are at work, changing both the functions that define the use of buildings and the physical forms needed to accommodate them. Distinct patterns of urban development evolve in parallel with each new technological and economic regime and its associated institutional structures (Barras 1995). BUILDING INNOVATION 17 The last 200 years have been punctuated by a number of major technical, economic and social changes that have had profound effects upon the built environment (Freeman 1978, Dosi et al.

It typifies the transformation of the construction site from a place where craft skills honed materials, to a place of assembly of standardized, prefabricated, mass-produced components. Joseph Paxton’s design was based on a modular approach Fig. 2. Major nineteenth century engineering projects: Britannica, Eads and Brooklyn Bridges 26 BUILDING INNOVATION using many interchangeable components. It was complemented by Charles Fox’s manufacturing and construction expertise and William Cubitt’s supervisory skills.

A distinction could be made between innovation in two types of prefabricated products: those produced for a specific building only after the design had been completed (production-to-order) and those which were produced without prior knowledge of the design or type of building in which they would be used (production-to-stock). The latter represented a further step in 30 BUILDING INNOVATION attempts to produce industrialized products for construction which could be purchased off-the-shelf and combined with other common products to form buildings (Kendall and Sewada 1987, pp.

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