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Building code
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The early modern period largely took over the institution of the building code from the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages, building codes had been restricted to cities; now they were extended to many regions, for example Württemberg in the 16th century and the Bernese territory in the 17th century. With the growth of cities and their increased population density, the issuance of a building code by the governing authorities of a town was an indispensable requirement for peaceful coexistence. Building codes, most of which were quite detailed, served both to avoid or re…

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Gömmel, Rainer and Braun, Helmut, “Building code”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017391>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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