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After the Architect

When they design buildings, architects tend to assume that people will be using them for a particular purpose. They imagine for example that factories will be used for manufacturing, warehouses will be used for storage, and shops will be used for conducting business. They aren’t always right in their assumptions, though. Buildings are sometimes used in rather unexpected ways.

People are constantly shaping and reshaping the world around them. When it comes to buildings, this can mean shifting around furniture, but it can also mean carrying out structural transformations. The probability of major modification typically increases with time. Changed through various types of restoration, renovation, and rehabilitation, buildings tend to be remodeled whenever they start showing significant signs of age. They’re often repurposed in the process. Factories for example are frequently converted to condominiums. Warehouses often become offices. Shops are in many cases turned into townhomes. This…

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