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Most of the really useful buildings in any civilization have no great merit beyond their usefulness. They are part of the background fabric of the city and the countryside. They are built as simply as possible, used until they collapse or until the need for them goes away, and then they are ploughed into the ground or built over. In such buildings, the activity that is accommodated is more important than the fabric of the building.

Growth of towns is usually based on a growth in commerce. At Neuf-Brisach, on the borders of France and Germany, there was a priority to establish a defensive outpost, but the military ...

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