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The impact of materials - R. James M. Sutherland

Although the Centenary which we are celebrating starts in 1908, the associated revolution in structural materials and techniques began in Britain around 1900, and earlier in America and on the Continent. Before 1900, bridges, land drainage, docks, harbours, cotton mills, train sheds and other essentially utilitarian works in Britain were civil engineering, while most other buildings were for people and were considered as architecture. Today this distinction is becoming less marked, largely due to the introduction of new materials and changes in attitudes to them.