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Alan Powers taking a canal boat to Utopia

In what might otherwise have been seen as simply a rather nostalgic evocation of a more leisurely past era, Alan Powers' talk on the history of the British canal system offered an interesting perspective on the origins of the British High-Tech tradition. Citing the work of Hopkins as a prime example, he suggested that the canals and their associated structures provided an exemplar of the functional tradition, in terms of form and construction, while the internal design of the narrow ...

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