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Not-so-smart intelligent buildings should be consigned to history

One sure sign of a recession in the property business is the way the term 'intelligent buildings'drops out of use. As a handful of historians will remember, it first came into vogue in the early 1980s, when magazines like this one started publishing technical drawings of buildings that looked like circuit diagrams. Buildings with brains seemed unstoppable after that. Their high point was 'Big Bang', when the City let it all hang out in pursuit of economic growth. In those heady days ...

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