Buildings and Power shifts the focus of architectural debate from the dominant themes of art and technology to an analysis of meaning in terms of social relations. Buildings are primarily social objects. Their forms provide answers to questions we ask about ourselves--questions of power, order, classification and function. Everything about a building has social meaning--its form, function, and spatial structure are each capable of analysis. This study focuses on the emergence of new building types during the critical period between the Enlightenment and the French and Industrial Revolutions.