From small workshops to great factories

A journey through the evolution of the form and construction of industrial buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries in Catalonia

By Ramon Gumà. Published by mNACTEC and Rafael Dalmau, 2015.

The book offers an insight into the evolution of buildings used for work and production/manufacturing, and the subsequent factories, and their adaptation to changing contemporary needs during the most decisive period of industrialisation.

The publication has a three-part structure: economic momentum in the 18th century and the initial mechanisation of labour; the industrial transformation of the 18th century and second mechanisation; and the transition from the 19th to the 20th century, with the considerable growth of industrial colonies and facilities.

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